In the competition for the car title of the year, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifolio defies the cream of sports SUV with a certain panache.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifolio Specs
- Engine: V6 biturbo Petrol
- Cylinder capacity: 2 891 cm3
- Power: 510 hp at 6 500 rpm
- Torque: 600 Nm at 2 500 rpm
- Transmission: Integral, 8-speed automatic box
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 4 702 x 1 955 x 1 681 mm
- Chest: 525 liters
- Weight: 1 820 kg
- Performance: 0-100 km/h3, 8 seconds
- Speed: 283 km/h
- Consumption/emissions (EU-Mixed): 9 L/100 km
- CO2:210 g/km
- Price: 91 400 €
Is Quadrifoglio the talisman of Alfa Romeo? This four-leaf clover is the pride of the Milanese brand. It accompanies the success of racing machines since 1923. She signs the most sporting models of the range since the Giulia Ti Super of 1963. Fallen into disuse in recent years, the Quadrifoglio finally finds colors in favor of the official return, starting next season, from the firm to the Biscione in Formula 1 with the team Sauber. On the front of the series, after the Giulia, it is the Stelvio’s turn to take advantage of this lucky label on the flanks of its high-performance version. A whole program that we checked in Jebel jet, on the border between Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
It’s almost a miracle. By switching to the world of Supersports, the first SUV in the history of Alfa Romeo did not see its lines altered by appendages. The sportsmanship of the Quadrifoglio is expressed discreetly, through cooling holes on the motor bonnet and at each end of the front shield. Side skirts, wheel arches in the body shade, two double exhaust nozzles and a rear diffuser complete the device of an SUV while still camped on huge 20-inch low-waist tires.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifolio Interior; Racing
Getting aboard the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifolio has something pleasing. Marrying carbon fiber, leather, and suede, the presentation endorses the clothes of the perfect sportsman. With the full-bodied carbon-shell Sparco tubs (+ €3900) that fitted our test model, we really feel like sitting in a racing car. The exclusive character of the model can still be reinforced by the two-color cockpit option (red and black or white and black). Another reason for rejoicing: like the Giulia, whose platform he shares and most of its organs, the Alfa SUV still escapes the excessive digitisation which won the instrumentation of its German rivals. The driver thus finds two large analog meters housed in oblong blocks and inspired by Montreal. This nod to the past does not prevent the Stelvio from giving in to modernism the reduction of orders. They are housed in a central screen where you can navigate through a rotary button. For use, this system does not yet equal the German references. The size of the screen proves insufficient and the quality of the mapping is improved. If the comfort and safety equipment are in the standard of the segment, the level of requirement in terms of materials and finishing details still has a margin for improvement.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifolio Engine; Beast
Heart of the Quadrifoglio, the 2.9 liters Biturbo V6 developed by Ferrari engineers come alive by pressing the red button fixed on the steering wheel. His ample breathing is a challenge to all the senses. With its 510 horsepower, it shows an incredible performance of 176 hp/L. The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifolio does not just take the lead in the category of compact SUV ultrashorts, on par with the Mercedes GLC 63 S AMG 4-litre V8 engine. A Porsche Macan Turbo Performance Pack makes 70 horsepower! The crime of Offense-Majesty, the Stelvio Q allows itself to taunt its rivals on their lands.
It is now the fastest SUV in the world (7 ‘ 51 ‘ ‘ 7) on the North loop of the Nürburgring, the German justice of the Peace Circuit of sports manufacturers. remained to validate this level of performance on the road. The V6 takes maranelliens accents when switching to the most dynamic driving programs acting on all the organs. The exhausts crackle and multiply the explosions; The direction becomes more direct; The more straightforward engine response; Electronic aids lower the guard while guaranteeing very gradual slips.
The Stelvio takes advantage of a balanced mass distribution, the torque distribution system on each rear wheel (torque vectoring) and its propulsion behavior to deliver to the driver dumbfounded the agility and dynamism of the best cut Sports. The Q4 transmission sends 100% of the torque on the rear axle in normal condition and up to 50% in the front wheels when the system detects a loss of traction.
We pinch so much the balance of the Stelvio Q seems supernatural for a vehicle to the raised ground guard. Great surprise: It is not obtained at the expense of truly exemplary comfort thanks to the controlled damping which operates accurately and which can be dissociated from the modes of the DNA system. This way you can be on “Race” mode with the comfort-retarded suspensions. The efficiency of the Stelvio is however tarnished by the very artificial sensations of “by-wire” braking. In the city, the system gives the unpleasant impression of not responding to the demands of the driver.
Despite undeniable qualities and the cutting of a stable-looking cylinder bank to lower consumption, the Stelvio Q is already almost condemned to us by a confiscatory taxation. In addition to the super malus at 10,000 euros, the amateur will have to pay an “extra ball”, a tax of €500 per tax horse, starting from 36 Horsepower (41 Hp for the Stelvio).
We are reassured: The sports tradition is alive and well at Alfa Romeo. And, despite his aptitudes, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifolio has been able to remain a car of common use. The Quadrifolio takes the risk of shadowing his cousin, the Maserati Levante. Much less athletic, the model of the Trident must return the weapons. The price higher than the Porsche Macan Turbo, its main competitor, is still a bittersweet pill.