Posted on Friday 20 July 2018 by Ulster Business

Alfa

The 510bhp Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio sets a new benchmark in the premium midsize SUV segment with its combination of high performance, design and technology, writes Pat Burns.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is powered by a Ferrari built 2.9-litre V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine, combined with the innovative Q4 all-wheel drive system, to offer a potent combination of unbeatable performance, traction, driving pleasure and safety in all situations. In normal conditions, the Q4 system transfers 100% of the torque to the rear axle to improve the handling and the give the car a more rear wheel drive feel. As the rear wheels approach their grip limit, the system transmits up to 50% of the torque to the front axle.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is equipped with the Alfa Chassis Domain Control unit, which acts as the brain to coordinate all the car’s electronic systems, to deliver the best performance and the utmost driving pleasure at all times, by controlling the four wheel drive, suspension and traction control.

The standard torque vectoring technology optimises the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s drive distribution and accentuates its sporting character. The two electronically controlled clutches in the rear differential make it possible to control torque delivery to each wheel separately. This ensures the best transfer of power to the ground even when the car is pushed to its limits, without the need for intrusive inputs from the stability control system.

The 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine in the Stelvio Quadrifoglio led the car to set a new lap record at the legendary Nurburgring. Delivering maximum power of 510hp at 6,500rpm and generating a maximum torque of 600Nm from 2,500 to 5,000rpm, the car is capable of sprinting from zero to 62mph in just 3.8 seconds and on to a top speed of more than 176mph, helping it to achieve a lap time of just seven minutes 51.7 seconds. This power plant is teamed with a specifically calibrated eight-speed automatic transmission that allows gear shifts in just 150 milliseconds in race mode.

Standard specification on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio includes 20-inch alloy wheels with specifically profiled wheel arches, restyled rear diffuser, sports exhaust with four outlets and bi-xenon headlamps. Inside, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio comes as standard with a leather dashboard and door tops, leather and Alcantara seats, leather steering wheel, carbon fibre trim and stainless steel pedals. The centre of the dashboard is dominated by the 8.8-inch Alfa Connect infotainment system, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to replicate the smartphone environment on the on-board display.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is priced from £69,500 OTR.

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