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Alfa Stelvio to be world’s fastest SUV Alfa Romeo claims its new SUV will eclipse all rivals on performance in 503bhp Quadrifoglio guise; on sale early next year, priced from around £40k


lfa Romeo’s new fourwheel-drive Stelvio Quadrifoglio, unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show last week, stands to be the fastest SUV yet built, its makers claim. The 503bhp Stelvio Quadrifoglio packs an impressive 65bhp more than the most powerful Porsche Macan, can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 3.9sec and is predicted to lap the Nürburgring in less than eight minutes. The hot new SUV uses much of the running gear of the potent twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 Giulia Quadrifoglio saloon shown in Frankfurt last year


and it sits on the same uniqueto-Alfa Giorgio platform. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio sits above a range of three equipment levels and a line-up in Europe that will include 2.0 petrol and 2.2 diesel engines and a rear-wheel drive option. Made in Alfa Romeo’s recently refitted Cassino factory, the model is expected to be on sale in Europe in the first quarter of next year and in the US by the middle of the year. However, it won’t be available in right-hand drive until the third quarter of 2017, probably as the diesel version that Alfa expects to be the biggest seller in the UK.

Following this, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio will arrive with an all-aluminium, twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine, shared with the Giulia Quadrifoglio and producing 503bhp and 443lb ft. Unlike the Giulia, though, the hot Stelvio will be offered with four-wheel drive only, with Alfa Romeo’s Q4 system — which sends 100% of the torque rearwards in normal conditions but can divide it between the front and rear by up to 50/50 — coupled with torque vectoring for the first time. Alfa Romeo boss Reid Bigland confirmed that the Stelvio will also come in a

rear-driven, lower-power form. He claimed the car is light for its class in that guise and also hinted that a new 207bhp diesel engine, first used in the Giulia Veloce, would feature in this Stelvio variant. Bigland said the Stelvio would stand out in its congested segment because of its handling. “The reason

people will buy our mid-sized SUV is because they will be blown away by the driving dynamics,” he said. “Every car Alfa makes must stand apart for that reason and this car will not disappoint.” Bigland has predicted that the car will lap the Nürburgring in less than eight minutes. A Porsche Panamera Turbo has

The 503bhp, all-wheel-drive Stelvio Quadrifoglio can accelerate from 0-60mph in just 3.9sec ❞