We seem to be getting used to Alfa Romeo winning accolades. After struggling to regain its reputation for years, thanks to the Giulia and more recently the companies first SUV, Stelvio, the Italian carmaker is fast being rewarded with the praise it deserves. Even across the water, the place that saw Alfa Romeo almost condemned to death along with its sister brand Lancia some years ago, the tide has turned and once more owners and press along can’t get enough of Alfa Romeo.
Latest accolade comes from the NorthWest of America where the 505-horsepower Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio has been named the Northwest’s Most Fun-to-drive Vehicle and Most Fun SUV by the Northwest Automotive Press Association (NWAPA) at their 12th annual “Run to the Sun” media drive event.
Participants were asked which vehicle they would choose as their own based on what they learned over the 527-mile drive route.
“Sounding a rip-roaring exhaust note, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio announced it was the vehicle to beat in this year’s event,” said NWAPA President John Vincent, a consumer advice writer with U.S. News & World Report. “With 505 horsepower on tap, plus a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system and an electronically controlled suspension, the Stelvio was well-suited to both the vast straights and twisty canyons on the drive.”
To win the top honor, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio defeated 17 competitors, including:
- 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec
- 2018 BMW M5
- 2018 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
- 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt
- 2019 Genesis G70
- 2019 Lexus ES 350 F Sport
- 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLC63 AMG
“We had three days of spectacular weather, amazing roads and many of the best performance cars that you can buy,” said Vincent.
Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans in Cassino, Italy, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a testament to Alfa Romeo’s perfect balance of engineering and emotion, creating a premium midsize SUV for driving enthusiasts.
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio brings world-class performance, state-of-the-art technologies, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium midsize SUV segment.
With the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, where other SUVs stop at utility, Alfa Romeo took on the challenge to create the perfect mix of high performance, capability and design. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the fastest SUV in the world with a Nürburgring lap time of 7:51.7 and boasts a best-in-class 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds.