- Alfa Stelvio SUV scheduled for SA in 2018
- Named for the famous mountain pass in northern Italy
- 2.9-litre V6 engine rated for 375kW and 600Nm
MIDRAND, Gauteng – Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio Quadrifoglio has claimed the title “world’s fastest production SUV” by setting a benchmark lap time on Germany’s Nürburgring. Alfa SA describes it as “just the most recent achievement in the racing tradition of the Quadrifoglio through a century of Alfa Romeo history”.
A Stelvio QV lapped the 21km Nordschleife in 7min51.7, eight seconds faster than the previous production SUV record, in the hands of Fabio Francia, the driver who also set the track record for the world’s fastest four-door sedan, on the same track, with an Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio – 7min32.
Alfa Romeo describes the first SUV of the brand’s century-long history: “It embodies the most authentic Alfa Romeo spirit: distinctive Italian style, state-of-the-art engines, perfect weight distribution, unique technical solutions, and an excellent [power-to-weight ratio.
“”It was designed to conquer the winding road for which it is named – the Stelvio Pass in northern Italy.”
The beating heart of the SUV, Alfa Romeo says, is an all-aluminium, direct-injection, 2.9-litre, quad-valve, twin-turbo intercooled V6 capable of 375kW and 600Nm. All-wheel drive is standard, turned by an eight-speed auto transmission with Race Mode.
The car claims to have the most power per litre in its class. It rides on a self-adapting suspension and its engine has cylinder deactivation to reduce fuel-burn while cruising.
2018 ARRIVAL FOR SA
Options for the Stelvio QV include ultra-light carbon-fibre Sparco racing seats and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio will arrive in South Africa in the first half of 2018. Exact local specifications and prices will be announced at the launch.