Raikkonen ready for life off track as he takes delivery of new Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Alfa Romeo delivers a Stelvio 2.0-litre Turbo Petrol Veloce with Rosso Alfa livery to the Finnish F1 driver

Alfa Romeo has delivered a Stelvio Veloce 2.0-litre Turbo Petrol to Finnish champion Kimi Räikkönen. Featuring the Rosso Alfa livery and personally configured by the champion, the car will be his travel companion while the F1 world champion is away from the spotlight and will accompany him in on his everyday adventures, complete with Alfa Q4 all-wheel drive technology.

Arnaud Leclerc, head of Alfa Romeo brand (EMEA)

“At the end of a very intense sporting season, it’s time to switch off and dedicate ourselves to our loved ones and our families. Once more, Kimi, along with Antonio, has triggered intense emotions. We have supported Kimi during every single GP and continue to do so aboard the Stelvio that Kimi has personally configured. While waiting for another new exciting F1 season, this can only make us feel closer.”

Kimi Räikkönen, Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Driver

“After this intense 2020 season, it’s nice to get back to a regular life with my family. I still don’t want to give up the pleasure of driving, though, and the choice of Stelvio Veloce 2.0 280hp with Alfa Q4 all-wheel drive means I can do so in absolute safety, even in the snow of Finland.”

A rocky dirt track, a snowy straight or a curve in the pouring rain. All these are “everyday challenges” in the Nordic countries, situations ready to test the agility and power of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. To tackle them as best he can, the world champion Räikkönen can count on the innovative Alfa Romeo Q4 system, providing all the benefits of all-wheel drive. At the same time, it also ensures reduced fuel consumption, responsiveness and all the driving pleasure of a rear-wheel drive car.

The beating heart of the system is the active torque distribution system (active torque case, ATC), which monitors grip conditions and driver requirements in real time to ensure performance is always at its best. If necessary, it transfers up to 50% of the engine torque to the front wheels in under 150ms, using an extremely compact and lightweight front differential. The torque distribution between the front and rear axles is therefore constantly modulated with extreme accuracy according to real-world traction conditions and driver commands. This results in best-in-class control of the car in terms of traction and directional stability on bends.

Kimi Räikkönen can therefore put his Stelvio Veloce through its paces in any situation the snowy terrain of Finland can throw at him. Not to mention the fact that the Veloce trim level represents the line-up’s epitome of sportsmanship, in both its exterior with specific bumpers, dark finish accents and exclusive alloy wheels, as well as its interior, where leather sports seats with adjustable side bolsters and a leather sports steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles complete the package. All this is further enhanced by the new Alfa Connect 8.8-inch MultiTouch, combined with the 7-inch TFT instrument panel and a range of ADAS driver assistance systems and level 2 autonomous driving, to heighten the emotions when driving and focus on driver centricity.

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