Ugh! Kinda sad
Since California forced me to take my Stelvio in to get the ECU remapped to meet California emissions (I had to have the pink note just so I could register the vehicle) the stelvio drives like it is towing a boat behind it. The power is gone. I drove it like this for months now and it just sat in the back of my head how it just does not feel right. The other day my wife and I wanted to do a cheap controlled experiment for fun. We went to an airfield and tried a drag race. She drove a 2019 subaru forester and I drove the stelvio. 1/8 mile that is all. Well, the forester won time after time. Not by much (maybe by a bumper). We even tried a rolling execration test at 40, 60, and 80 mph. Still the forester was faster.
This really took the air out of my so to speak. So I took my Stelvio to the dealer to see if there was an issue with the car. I met to other couples there who had the same experience. The dealer said nothing is wrong but they have had multiple complaints about this issue.
We love the car and the styling but part of the whole package was the power it used to have.
Our solution turned out to be that we switched cars. The wife does not mind the lack of throttle response and the subaru gives me the acceleration I desire. The subaru has a torque curve adjust button that allows the driver to get most torque right away!
Anyway. Just venting. Still love the style and handling of the stelvio and the exclusivity.
Thanks for listening.
2018 Stromboli Grey Stelvio named "Christine"