Alfa Romeo unveiled its first crossover SUV during the LA Auto Show on Wednesday, noting that it was created “in Quadrifoglio guise,” offering a design that pays homage to the Giulia Quadrifoglio sports car. It isn’t a sports car, of course, it’s actually an SUV. A fast one at that.
Under the hood, the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV packs a 510 horsepower 2.9 liter V6 BiTurbo all-aluminum engine at the high end and only in the Stelvio Quadrifoglio package, though a 280 horsepower 2.0 liter Turbo petro 8-speed automatic model will also be sold. It features special ground-breaking technology that Alfa Romeo promises will cut the time it takes for the car to come to a complete stop, no doubt important when you’re driving a car that fast.
“As other models on the Alfa Romeo line-up, the Stelvio SUV fits a host of features developed in collaboration with Magneti Marelli – from lighting devices to powertrain, suspensions and exhaust systems and the new Connect 3D Nav 8.8″ Infotainment unit – as further confirmation of the consolidated and mutually profitable collaboration between Alfa Romeo and the well-known international leader in the design and manufacturing of high-tech automotive systems and components,” Alfa Romeo explained on Wednesday. The company also promises perfect weight distribution.
The Stelvio name
Alfa Romeo said it picked the name “Stelvio” to recognize the highest mountain pass in Italy, a fitting moniker for a crossover SUV in my book. The company says it promises any driver who gets behind the wheel will receive “an exhilarating driving experience, set to astonish even the most discerning and accomplished drivers.”
Alfa Romeo didn’t discuss when you’ll be able to get behind the wheel, or for how much, but ain’t it a beauty?