Making its European debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
Just adding a mid-sized SUV to the model lineup isn’t enough for Alfa Romeo, the Italian car manufacturer needed something to stand against its competitors in the segment. As Canadian boss Reid Bigland said last month; “the Stelvio is an Alfa Romeo first, and an SUV second.”
That’s where the Stelvio QV comes in with a 2.9-liter biturbo V6 engine. The powerplant can crank out 505 HP and 443 lb-ft of torque, enough to propel the vehicle from 0-100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds and max out at around 284 km/h. What’s even more impressive on paper is its 8-speed automatic gearbox which is expected to perform in as little as 100 milliseconds in Race Mode.
The Audi SQ5 and Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 just can’t compete with the Stelvio QV when it comes to power output and acceleration. Even the Porsche Macan Turbo lags behind in acceleration by around a second.
There’s also Eco Mode available for when you’re stuck in traffic and wanting to reduce emissions, save fuel, and increase efficiency. In this mode, the cylinder deactivation module will turn off half the cylinders.
Inside, the cabin is similar to the Giulia with shared buttons, flat-bottomed steering wheel, shift paddles and an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android compatibility. Unfortunately, GTSpirit was not able to take any pictures of the Stelvio QV’s interior.