The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio starts at $81,590 MSRP, including a $1,595 destination fee. That’s more than the starting price of Porsche’s 400 horsepower Macan Turbo ($77,200 excluding destination), but the Alfa gives you an additional 105 horses.
Under its shapely bonnet lies Alfa Romeo’s most powerful engine ever, a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 with direct injection producing 505hp and 443lb-ft of peak torque. Paired to a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and an rear-biased all-wheel drive system, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is capable of a 0-60mph (96km/h) in an estimated 3.9 seconds while flat out It’ll do 176mph.
“We specifically crafted the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to truly set itself apart among high-performance vehicles and it does not disappoint – whether being driven on the Nürburgring or on roads across North America,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Alfa Romeo. “Equipped with the most powerful Alfa Romeo engine ever and our advanced Q4 all-wheel-drive system, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio roars to life with an exhilarating driving experience.”
Alfa Romeo lapped the Nurburgring with the Stelvio Quadrifoglio in just 7 minutes 51.7 seconds, proving that their range-topping SUV is also really fast on the corners. The chassis features adaptive dampers, a torque vectoring differential, six-piston Brembo brakes and a set of 20-inch alloy wheels.
As an option, Alfa Romeo also offers a set of ultra-lightweight carbon fiber-shelled Sparco bucket seats instead of the standard 14-way adjustable Alcantara-leather seats, as well as carbon-ceramic brakes.
The new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio will bring the heat on traditional high-performance SUV models like the Porsche Macan and the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 that will be offered in two guises, with 469hp and 503hp.