Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, the brand’s high-performance premium SUV today made its Asia debut at Auto China 2018.
Auto China 2018 is held from April 25, 2018 to May 4, 2018. The Alfa Romeo stand is located in Hall E1 in the New China International Exhibition Center of Beijing.
The first “Quadrifoglio” also to be a SUV. This is Stelvio Quadrifoglio, the new model with many class-topping features, which immediately becomes the new benchmark in the premium compact SUV segment. With its awe-inspiring design, performance and technology, Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the “fastest SUV around the circuit”, having clocked the new record for its class on the iconic Nürburgring: 7 minutes 51.7 seconds.
Stelvio Quadrifoglio arrival also marks the availability of the full Quadrifoglio family in China, comprising an ultimate expression of Italian passion for China’s performance car fans. It will also build a diverse but passionate line-up with other models – premium SUV Stelvio, premium sports sedan Giulia and the high performance Giulia Quadrifoglio.
Fastest in Nürburgring, Stelvio Quadrifoglio redefining Premium SUVs
Stelvio Quadrifoglio is equipped with the exclusive aluminium 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine, developed with inputs from Ferrari technologies and engineering know-how, which delivers maximum power of 510 HP at 6,500 rpm and generates a maximum torque of 600 Nm from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm. This power plant is teamed with the specifically calibrated eight-speed automatic transmission that allows gear shifts in just 150 milliseconds in Race driving mode. Moreover, to maximise the driving experience, the model is equipped as standard with one-piece aluminium paddle shifters integral with the steering column.
Its performance is outstanding: acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds and best-in-class top speed of 283 km/h. But the Alfa Romeo sports SUV is also incredibly efficient in terms of emission and fuel consumption, thanks to its electronically controlled cylinder deactivation system and the “sailing” function, available in Advanced Efficiency driving mode.
For the first time, the 510 HP 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine is combined with the innovative Q4 all-wheel drive system, with its guarantees of unbeatable performance, traction, driving pleasure and safety in all situations. What’s more, Stelvio Quadrifoglio is equipped with the exclusive AlfaTM Chassis Domain Control unit and is the only SUV in its class to provide differential AlfaTM Active Torque Vectoring as standard. Also standard equipment is the innovative AlfaTM Active Suspension, the system that continually, actively controls the suspensions and shock absorbers. Not to mention that Stelvio Quadrifoglio guarantees impeccable handing and comfort thanks to its suspension layout, with the exclusive AlfaLinkTM technology: up front it has a double wishbone system with semi-virtual steering axis, with a four-and-a-half link Multilink system at the rear. In any situation and at all speeds, driving the Quadrifoglio SUV, with the most direct steering ratio on the market (12.1:1), is natural and instinctive.
Stelvio Quadrifoglio holds two best-in-class titles which make it the highest-performing SUV in its segment: with a kerb weight of 1,830 kg, the model boasts the best weight/power ratio in its category (3.6 kg/HP) and the best specific power (176 HP/l). These amazing results, synonymous with great pleasure at the wheel, were achieved through perfect weight distribution between the two axles and the use of ultra-lightweight materials such as carbon fibre for the driveshaft and aluminium for the engine, suspensions, brakes, doors, wheel-arches, bonnet and tailgate.
Another special feature of Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the innovative electromechanical Integrated Brake System (IBS) – an Alfa Romeo brand exclusive, which first appeared on the Giulia – which has become the new benchmark in terms of both swift response and stopping distance, on any road surface, and weight reduction compared to a conventional braking system. High-performance Brembo carbon-ceramic discs are available as an optional. To satisfy consumers yearning for ultimate performance, Stelvio Quadrifoglio is also offering an ultra-lightweight Sparco seats provides desired support in intense driving and sustained comfort during long-distance drives.
Unique style evolved in the service of performance
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the finest expression of Italian design, interpreted with Alfa Romeo’s unique flair, and the perfect synergy of form and function, in a sensual, muscular car body.
The front end of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a perfect mix of seduction and emphatic proportions, conveying a strong message of aggression and power. The grille is original in style, with the familiar slots around the shield-shaped grille, together with “sinewy” surfacing and the “trilobo” motif with intercooler air vents at the side. The side view is sensual and athletic, with the exquisite touch of the famous “quadrifoglio” four-leaf clover on the wheel arch. The overall dimensions are not particularly large: 470 cm long, 168 cm high and 216 cm wide, with its compact proportions expressing dynamism and strength. The exhaust tips also give the impression of reaching out to the large-sized wheels – 20″ in burnished alloy, with different tyres at the front and rear (an exclusive for this class) – and lead the eyes towards the road.
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio cockpit is simple and tasteful, forged around the driver. The controls are grouped together on the steering wheel, which is small and direct to suit all driving styles. The diagonal tunnel and slightly undulating dashboard converge on the driving seat, “tailored” like a bespoke suit, with painstaking craftsmanship and with lavish use of carbon fibre on the console, tunnel, dashboard trim, handle inserts and steering wheel rim. The black seats, in leather and Alcantara, are specific to the model and are more strongly shaped for more support when cornering. There is a choice of red, white and green and dark grey seams. The contrasting materials (leather, alcantara and carbon fibre) and coloured stitching combine technology with fine workmanship and attention to details, for an interior with lashings of personality. The dark pillars and roof lining also contribute to Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s character.
Diverse Line-up Meeting Chinese Customer demands
Apart from the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, Alfa Romeo is also presenting three other vehicles to offer diverse choices for Chinese customers.
Stelvio, Alfa Romeo’s first-ever premium SUV, is equipped with an all-aluminum 2.0L I4 Turbo engine – 200 HP or 280 HP – and eight-speed transmission. The AlfaLinkTM suspension not only provides outstanding control but also the comfort from a sedan. AlfaTM DNA selector offers three modes: Advanced Efficiency, Natural and Dynamic. Paired with Q4 all-wheel drive, drivers could conquer different road conditions while having the same pleasure from a coupe.
Premium sports saloon Giulia is a gliding art work that reveals elegance in motion. Giulia also has an all-aluminum 2.0L I4 engine – 200 HP or 280 HP – and eight-speed transmission. AlfaLinkTM, and AlfaTM, DNA selector further enhance the experience.
Giulia Quadrifoglio, the high performance premium sports sedan, boasts 510HP of power and a maximized torque of 600Nm, with a 2.9L V6 Bi-Turbo engine and an eight-speed transmission. The vehicle takes stunningly mere 3.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h and has a top speed of 307 km/h. It is also the fastest production sports sedan in the world, with a Nurburgring lap time of only 7’32”.