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The base model Stelvio is here and it’s just a beautiful as the Quadrifoglio

If you were to put together a family tree for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, you would find that its roots can be traced back as far as the Kamal Concept of 2003. More than a decade has passed since Alfa Romeo pulled the sheet off of that concept, and in recent years, the brand has been fighting to make its name relevant in the market yet again. If you want proof of the brand’s unsurpassable drive to relevancy, you really don’t have to look far – just take a glance at models like the Alfa Romeo 4C or the more recent Alfa Romeo Giulia or Giulia Quadrifoglio. The Stelvio was first shown to the public at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show in Quadrifoglio form. Six months later, and we’re looking at two lesser versions of the Stelvio: and entry-level model and the Stelvio Ti.

The best part is that the lesser trim levels look just like the Quadrifoglio version we saw last November, but makes use of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 280 ponies on tap. The entry level model gets Alfa’s DNA drive mode selector, 18-inch wheels, LED running lights and taillights, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Ti version, which is a bit more expensive comes with larger 19-inch wheels, wood interior accents, and an 8.8-inch display inside as standard equipment in addition to everything found in the entry-level model.

What’s really nice about the Stelvio, especially compared to some models out there, is the fact that you don’t have to go for the range-topping model just to have the sportiest looks and best design cues. Whether you go with the Quadrifoglio, the Ti, or the entry-level model, it looks like you’ll get the same beautiful looks. Sure, you won’t have quite as much power, and you may be lacking some technology on the inside, but you’ll still look just as good driving down the road. With that said, let’s dive on in and take a closer look at the Stelvio and Stelvio Ti.

 

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10 Best Handling Crossovers on the Market

10 Best Handling Crossovers on the Market

Off-road looks with on-road fun

Crossovers are vehicles designed to look like they can go off-road, but really be at their best on the road. Sure, some can do light off-roading, but realistically you won’t want to stray too far from the blacktop or the occasional bumpy gravel backroad.

To this end it’s not trivial to know which of these 4x4-aping high riders are best out on the open (and sometimes twisty) road, since it’s where they will spend most of their time. But don’t go thinking that they are on par with more conventional car shapes, because their higher center of gravity and usually higher mass will affect handling.

Safety is at the top of buyers’ lists these days, but what many don’t think about when browsing lists of cars rated with safety stars is that good, predictable road manners and sharp handling are one of the biggest safety features a car can have, since they allow the driver to avoid crashing in the first place.

And while crossovers may give occupants a feeling of extra safety when they’re on board, their poor road manners bring this into question.

Here’s a list of the 10 best handling high-riding vehicles ever made.

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Alfa Romeo Aims to Take on the BMW X1, Audi Q3, and Mercedes GLA-Class with Baby SUV

Alfa Romeo Aims to Take on the BMW X1, Audi Q3, and Mercedes GLA-Class with Baby SUV

Italian automaker’s SUV family is now taking shape

Spurred by the popularity of the Stelvio SUV, Alfa Romeo is planning to build not one, but two new SUVs. One of these two models is a smaller SUV that will compete against the likes of the BMW X1, Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA-Class, Range Rover Evoque, and Volvo XC40. Among other things, the baby SUV will be launched with hybrid tech and Level 3 autonomous driving technology.

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Alfa Romeo Will Expand its Lineup with a Large SUV and a Giulia Coupe

Alfa Romeo Will Expand its Lineup with a Large SUV and a Giulia Coupe

One could say that it’s about time!

Word is spreading that Sergio Marchionne will make one great final gesture before he retires. By great gesture I mean he will formally announce plans for a large SUV and the long-awaited Giulia Coupe. This announcement is said to take place later this year in June on the 14th anniversary of Marchionne’s inauguration as FCA boss man. In addition, Marchionne should shed light on the mild-hybrid powertrains that will motivate both new models.

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2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia And Stelvio Nero Edizione Package

2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia And Stelvio Nero Edizione Package

Care for some black trim on your Alfas?

The Giulia and Stelvio represent two of Alfa Romeo’s most prominent models. The automaker also happens to sell both models here in the U.S. That made it easy for Alfa Romeo to bring a pair of special edition models to the 2018 New York Auto Show, dressing up its sedan and SUV in black trim, slapping “Nero Edizione” badges on both of them, and then offering them as special edition models. And so, here they are, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Nero Edizione and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Nero Edizione.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia And Stelvio Get Edgy With Nero Edizione Package

Alfa Romeo Giulia And Stelvio Get Edgy With Nero Edizione Package

Adding tons of black trim for a custom look

We’ve seen plenty of automakers offer up fresh new special editions through the application of various dark-colored aesthetic touches, and now Alfa Romeo is getting in on the action with a new Nero Edizione Package for its Giulia sports sedan and Stelvio SUV. Upgrades include a slew of new bits and pieces for the exterior, giving the models a bespoke appearance to entice would-be customers.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Is it a sports car or an SUV? Well, it’s both and now it’s your wallpaper too ;)

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Nürburgring Edition

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Nürburgring Edition

Limited to only 108 examples

Once among the greatest auto companies in the world, Alfa Romeo began to struggle in the 1980s. And needless to say, the 1990s and 2000s weren’t exactly great either. But the Italians regrouped and launched the 4C, thus regaining some of its past glory. The Giulia joined in to give Alfa Romeo its much-needed performance sedan, but the FCA-owned brand also jumped on the SUV bandwagon and introduced the Stelvio. Put into production 2016, the Stelvio also gained the famed Quadrifoglio package and went on to set a new lap record for SUVs on the iconic Nurburgring track. To celebrate the event, Alfa Romeo created the Stelvio Quadrifoglio Nurburgring Edition, an extremely limited version of the performance hauler.

Currently the fastest production SUV around the Nurburgring, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio lapped the German track in seven minutes and 51.7 seconds. The tribute model comes in the same specs as the vehicle that set the record, but with a few extras on top. It’s also limited to only 108 units, one for each year that passed since Alfa Romeo was established in Milan, Italy. Let’s find out what the Nurburgring Edition brings to the table in the review below.

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The 2018 Stelvio Quadrifoglio Will Set You Back $81,590 with Destination Fees

The 2018 Stelvio Quadrifoglio Will Set You Back $81,590 with Destination Fees

It’s not cheap, but it’s competitive compared to industry prices

The wait for the official price of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is over. The Italian automaker has announced pricing details for the performance SUV, and it’s not cheap. If you want one, you’re going to have to pay at least $79,995 to go home with what Alfa describes as the “world’s fastest SUV.” Throw in the destination fee of $1,595 and the total cost shoots up to $81,590. And, if you’re looking for options, well, at that point, your mileage and the subsequent price of the SUV will vary.

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Best New SUVs That Debuted in 2017

Best New SUVs That Debuted in 2017

A look back at a milestone year

2017 has been an amazing year for the automobile. Sales have increased across the board, high-performance models are quicker and faster than ever, off-roaders are more capable than before, and a slew of new models have hit the streets. That’s what we’re looking at here: the all-new vehicles the debuted in 2017. But more specifically, we’re looking at the crossovers and SUVs that made their initial splash into the fastest-growing segment in the industry.

Before we dive in, it’s worth noting that practically dozens of SUVs and crossovers were revamped in 2017. Models like the Jeep Wrangler JL, Chevrolet Traverse, Mazda CX-3, and plenty more were made new again. But these are familiar nameplates. This go-round, we’re focusing on completely new models.

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The SUV Invasion Continues: Alfa Romeo Plots a new Flagship SUV with Electrified Drivetrain

The SUV Invasion Continues: Alfa Romeo Plots a new Flagship SUV with Electrified Drivetrain

It’s the first of three models that will continue the company’s rebirthing

Alfa Romeo has slowly rebirthed itself into the automaker it once was, or maybe even a better automaker than it once was. And now, joining the 4C, Giulia, and Stelvio will be another SUV – one that will sit at the top of the lineup and serve as the ultimate people hauler. On top of this news, is news that it will also be the first of three new models planned and the first Alfa to feature an electrified drivetrain.

Of course, that electrified drivetrain isn’t exactly a coincidence or a choice of pleasure for the brand. On the contrary, it’s actually a requirement. See, this new SUV will be the largest ever created by Alfa, and with emissions regulations running rampant, a mild hybrid will be a necessity if it will maintain Alfa Romeo’s typical, performance-oriented DNA and still hit emissions regulation targets. According to AutoExpress it could even deliver some 400 horsepower.

Roberto Fedeli, the Chief Technical Officer for Alfa Romeo, said, "The Stelvio for sure is an example of Alfa DNA, why don’t we translate that in a car which is a little bit bigger? We have to marry the new car with the right level of electrification. A plug-in hybrid could be a problem for the Alfa DNA point of view, but for instance, a 48-volt mild hybrid solution is something that we can do without losing anything."

Of course, there’s more to this story, so keep reading to find out what’s coming next…

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Four Things I Love About The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Four Things I Love About The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Italy’s newest crossover crosses the pond and into our hearts

Alfa Romeo is making a comeback in the U.S. – and a rather strong one, at that. We’ve had the 4C sports coupe for a few years now, but it was the Giulia sedan in 2017 and this, the Stelvio crossover in 2018, that are bringing the Italian automaker to the American masses. Well, after spending a week with the Stelvio, I can say Alfa has done a fantastic job building a competitive crossover that butts heads against Germans like the Audi Q5, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and Porsche Macan.

Last year, I sampled the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the outrageously powerful version with a Ferrari-derived V-6 and two turbochargers stuffed under its carbon fiber bodywork. Not surprisingly, the Stelvio feels very similar to the Giulia, despite my Stelvio tester not having the Quadrifoglio package. And while there are things I really don’t like about the Stelvio (which you can read about in the Four Things I Hate about the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio), there are also some aspects I truly love. So, without further ado, here are four things I love about the 2018 Stelvio.

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Four things I Hate About the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Four things I Hate About the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Glaring annoyances that refuse to defuse after a week of driving

I’ve spent the week living with the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio. This new crossover is from a brand that’s new to the segment and new to mainstream consumer vehicles in the U.S. Under the watchful eye of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Alfa Romeo is trying hard to make its Stateside comeback with the Giulia sedan and this, the Stelvio crossover. While the Giulia is a fantastic sedan, it’s crossovers that are selling like hotcakes these days, so Alfa needs to nail the Stelvio. Thankfully for this Italian brand, there is plenty to love about the Stelvio, but there’s also a few things I just can’t stand.

Keep reading for my four things I hate about the 2018 Stelvio Sport. And as always, let us know what you think in the comments.

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Did Alfa Romeo Manipulate The Stelvio Quadrifoglio's Nurburging Lap Time Video?

Did Alfa Romeo Manipulate The Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s Nurburging Lap Time Video?

Evidence points to some post-production shenanigans

A few days ago, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadifoglio send the automotive world into a frenzy when it posted a lap time of 7:51.7 seconds at the 12.9-mile Nordschleife section of the Nurburgring. Not only was this lap time incredible, but it also broke the 7:59.74 production SUV lap record at the ‘Ring, which was held by the previous-generation Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and has stood for the past four years. Everybody, ourselves included, proclaimed the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as the new SUV king of the Ring. Or is it?

Well, the Alfa Romeo SUV’s record lap time is now being thrown into question after several people have flagged the video of the Stelvio QV’s ‘Ring lap time as being heavily edited. Bridge to Gantry was the first to question the legitimacy of the video, pointing to a number of edited instances contained in the video, including instances where the Stelvio QF shows up at the same location multiple times throughout the video. The website even compares the Stelvio’s video with that of other Nurburgring lap videos, specifically those from the Honda Civic Type R and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS. One comparison between the Alfa SUV and the Porsche sports car shows the Stelvio pushing faster than the 911 GT2 RS in a particular section of the track. That wouldn’t have meant anything in normal circumstances, but it is curious in this case because the 911 clocked in a lap time of 6:47.3, almost 1 minute faster than the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Alfa Romeo has yet to comment on the controversy, though don’t expect to hear anything from the automaker unless it fesses up and doctored the SUV’s ‘Ring lap time.

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The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Just Clawed Its Way On Top Of The Nurburgring Lap Time Records

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Just Clawed Its Way On Top Of The Nurburgring Lap Time Records

It’s not the fastest production car around the track, but it is now the fastest SUV

Much of the attention and praise has been heaped down on the Porsche 911 GT2 RS for destroying the production car lap record at the Nurburgring. For those who still don’t know, the 911 GT2 RS clocked in a scintillating lap time of 6:47.3, destroying the previous lap time record of 6:52.01 set by the Lamborghini Huracan Performante. The Porsche certainly deserves a lot of credit for being almost five seconds faster than the Huracan Performante, but it wasn’t the only car that set a Nurburgring lap time record. In the SUV segment, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio also shot itself to the top of the record books with a lap time of 7:51.7, becoming the fastest ever production SUV to navigate the 12-mile Nordschleife section of the ‘Ring.

While it may not be as impressive as the 911 GT2 RS’ lap time, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio was just as dominant in its run, posting a time that’s eight seconds faster than the previous record-holder, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, which posted a fastest lap of 7:59.74 back in January 2013. To put the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s lap time in perspective, the SUV posted a faster lap time than a 2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S and a 2014 BMW M4, both of which clocked in similar lap times of 7:52. As impressive as the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s lap time is, the real big winner here is Alfa Romeo, which now has two Nurburgring world records under its belt. Alfa boss Reid Bigland said as much when he said: “We’re proud to now hold two Nürburgring lap time records with the Giulia Quadrifoglio as the fastest four-door production sedan and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as the fastest production SUV.”

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TopSpeed's Top 5 Luxury Compact Crossovers

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Luxury Compact Crossovers

Standing tall, sitting pretty

When it comes to the U.S. automotive market, compact crossovers are cleaning up. The segment continues to see unprecedented growth, even with a huge variety of options already on offer. The appeal of the luxury compact crossover is multifaceted, mixing a “go anywhere, do anything” attitude with comfort and inherent driveability. Luxury compact crossovers are practical and spacious, without going overboard in terms of exterior dimensions, improving fuel efficiency and maneuverability over larger SUVs. Inside, there are amenities aplenty without breaking the bank, while the high seating position provides ample views of the road ahead. And while better suited for mall crawling rather than rock crawling, luxury compact crossovers still get that “off-roader” style, plus AWD when the weather turns sour. And of course, the extra room in the rear supports a range of lifestyles, whether its kid hauling for a family, or gear running for active outdoorsy activities. There are even performance options, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Boil it down, and the philosophy goes something like this – mix equal parts practicality, comfort, and road presence, then spread evenly on a tall-bodied package. But where to start? To help you navigate this seemingly bottomless sea of possibilities, we’ve collected facts and figures from five of the best entries in the segment, including the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi Q5, BMW X3, Jaguar F-Pace, and Mercedes-Benz GLC Class. Read on for the lowdown.

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Jeremy Clarkson Finally Found An SUV He Likes

Jeremy Clarkson Finally Found An SUV He Likes

Apparently, the Range Rover isn’t an SUV in his world

For as long as he’s been in the public spotlight, Jeremy Clarkson’s long-standing disdain for the letters S, U, and V is a matter of public record. This is a man, after all, who has managed to describe SUVs as “idiotic,” “boring,” and a “complete waste of money” on separate occasions. But just like the time snow actually fell on the Sahara, Clarkson is not above turning some heads with his opinionated commentary. Lo and behold, then, because the SUV Scrooge finally admitted to liking one. Stand up and take the applause then, Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Jezza actually likes you.

The startling revelation on Clarkson’s column in the Driving section of The Sunday Times. Although true to form, Clarkson wasted little time adding another SUV to his “no-thank-you” list by throwing the Audi Q5 under the bus. Clarkson then pivots to the real subject of his column, the Stelvio, and to the shock of everyone, he actually had positive things to say about the Alfa Romeo SUV. He liked the design. He liked the interior. And, most shocking of all, he liked how it performed on the road, even while acknowledging that he was behind the wheel of a diesel version of the SUV. Ultimately, he even went so far as describing the Stelvio as “the only SUV that’s quite tempting,” and adding that the high-poweredStelvio Quadrofoglio “might even be irresistible.” Yup. Hell has frozen over.

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Alfa Romeo's Pursuit Of More SUVs Could Make Or Break The Company

Alfa Romeo’s Pursuit Of More SUVs Could Make Or Break The Company

It goes without saying that the Stelvio has a lot to live up to

You might say that Alfa Romeo has regained some of its footing in the auto industry after releasing the Giulia sedan and the Stelvio SUV. Both have been well-received across the board. You might even say that it’s back with a vengeance, words that I don’t take any particular issue with. But the truth is that Alfa Romeo still has a lot of work to do before we can say that it’s ready to compete against its more established rivals. The Giulia, for all of the rave reviews it has received, has posted disappointing sales numbers so far. If sales of the sedan don’t pick up anytime soon, the pressure now shifts to the Stelvio to be as good as the hype says it is and the two upcoming SUVs that Alfa Romeo has on the docket.

The two SUV models will occupy two different markets with the first one – the Kabal – setting up residence in the compact SUV segment. The other SUV – the Castello – will be much bigger than both the Stelvio and the Kabal as it joins the seven-seater SUV segment. Neither of the two SUVs have been officially confirmed, so plans could still shift depending on how successful the Stelvio is. For now, it looks like the Stelvio will have a go in the SUV market by itself, and the pressure is now on the SUV to be successful from the get-go, something that the Giulia sedan has struggled with.

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2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

The base model Stelvio is here and it’s just a beautiful as the Quadrifoglio

If you were to put together a family tree for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, you would find that its roots can be traced back as far as the Kamal Concept of 2003. More than a decade has passed since Alfa Romeo pulled the sheet off of that concept, and in recent years, the brand has been fighting to make its name relevant in the market yet again. If you want proof of the brand’s unsurpassable drive to relevancy, you really don’t have to look far – just take a glance at models like the Alfa Romeo 4C or the more recent Alfa Romeo Giulia or Giulia Quadrifoglio. The Stelvio was first shown to the public at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show in Quadrifoglio form. Six months later, and we’re looking at two lesser versions of the Stelvio: and entry-level model and the Stelvio Ti.

The best part is that the lesser trim levels look just like the Quadrifoglio version we saw last November, but makes use of a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 280 ponies on tap. The entry level model gets Alfa’s DNA drive mode selector, 18-inch wheels, LED running lights and taillights, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Ti version, which is a bit more expensive comes with larger 19-inch wheels, wood interior accents, and an 8.8-inch display inside as standard equipment in addition to everything found in the entry-level model.

What’s really nice about the Stelvio, especially compared to some models out there, is the fact that you don’t have to go for the range-topping model just to have the sportiest looks and best design cues. Whether you go with the Quadrifoglio, the Ti, or the entry-level model, it looks like you’ll get the same beautiful looks. Sure, you won’t have quite as much power, and you may be lacking some technology on the inside, but you’ll still look just as good driving down the road. With that said, let’s dive on in and take a closer look at the Stelvio and Stelvio Ti.

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The Alfa Romeo Giulia And Stelvio Are More Similar Than You Think

The Alfa Romeo Giulia And Stelvio Are More Similar Than You Think

Two different models with plenty of similarities point the way to Alfa Romeo’s future

There once was a point when the auto industry could go through an entire cycle of years without Alfa Romeo being mentioned. Part of the Italian automaker’s obscurity can be attributed to the fact that it had no models to stand its legs on. But now, that has changed with the arrival of the Giulia sedan and the Stelvio SUV, two models that Alfa Romeo has high hopes for. You might even say that the company’s future could depend on how successful these two models are. In lieu of that, it’s equally important to know that both the Giulia and the Stelvio, despite coming in two different sizes, are more alike than you think.

From the design to the engines, both the Giulia and Stelvio rely on a number of shared qualities that could help propel Alfa Romeo to a more prosperous future or sink the automaker further down into the abyss of irrelevancy. Go ahead and check out what these similarities are.

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2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition

2017 Alfa Romeo Stelvio First Edition

Italian automaker’s new SUV gets its first taste of the special edition life

Alfa Romeo has a lot riding on the success of the Stelvio SUV, so it only makes sense that the Italian automaker create as many different variants of the Stelvio as it can. The high-performance Stelvio Quadrifoglio is expected to carry most of that responsibility, but Alfa’s mixing it up a little bit too with the release of the Stelvio First Edition, a limited run version of the SUV that packs plenty of discerning features for those willing to get a piece of it.

Off the bat, let’s establish the fact that the Stelvio First Edition is based on the standard version of the SUV and not the Quadrifoglio. That’s an important piece of information considering that one of the latter’s most notable features is its Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter biturbo V-6 engine that spits out 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Instead, the Stelvio First Edition carries the smaller 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 280 horses and 295 pound-feet of twist.

Let’s set that aside now and look at the things that makes the Stelvio First Edition a true special edition variant of the Alfa SUV. For that, the focus should be on the SUV’s exterior and interior where a host of unique items are scattered throughout the two sections. Some features are of the physical nature whereas others are more of the safety and technological persuasions.

Either way, Alfa Romeo makes a good account of itself with the presentation of the Stelvio First Edition. It may not have the roughhouse power of the range-topping QV, but as far as being a special edition model is concerned, it checks off a lot of boxes.

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2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio

The Italian brand takes crossover market by storm!

Having already returned to being a relevant carmaker thanks to the 4C sports car and the Giulia sedan, Alfa Romeo is getting its vehicle development plans into high gear with several fresh models by 2018, two of which will be SUVs. The first hauler was originally scheduled to hit showrooms in 2017 and it made its global debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. It goes by the name Stelvio and will compete against the likes of BMW X3, Audi Q5, Jaguar F-Pace, and Porsche Macan. Unlike most of its rivals, Alfa Romeo also developed a high-peformance version of the Stelvio, and just like the Giulia sedan, it wears the green Quadrifoglio badge.

But the badge isn’t the only thing that the two nameplates have in common. The crossover itself is based on the sedan, sharing many components in the chassis and drivetrain, as well as the same styling language. What’s more, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio will hit the streets with the same 2.9-liter V-6 rated at more than 500 horsepower!

"The all-new Stelvio, named after one of the greatest driving roads in the world – the Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps – sets a new benchmark for the segment,” said Reid Bigland, Head of Alfa Romeo. “Stelvio is uniquely engineered to challenge two-door sports cars on the track, without sacrificing any of the characteristics you would expect from a premium SUV, resulting in the perfect mix of high performance, capability and Italian design.”

As it is the case with all automakers that jumped on the SUV bandwagon recently, Alfa Romeo hopes the new rig will help increase its global sales. Specifically, the SUV is part of a business plan that includes eight new vehicles and global annual sales of 400,000 units by 2018. In 2014 and 2015, Alfa Romeo delivered fewer than 70,000 cars. Will the Stelvio make a difference? Join me in my review to find out.

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Alfa Romeo Boss Says Stelvio Quadrifoglio Is A Nurburgring Conqueror

Alfa Romeo Boss Says Stelvio Quadrifoglio Is A Nurburgring Conqueror

Can it really beat the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S’s lap time?

I know there’s been a lot of talk surrounding the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and while some will agree that it’s one of Alfa’s finer works in recent years, there’s also been a lot of dissenting talk on how capable the SUV really is — especially the high-performance Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Even Alfa Romeo boss Reid Bigland stoked the fire on the Stelvio, telling the gathered press during the SUV’s world premiere that the Stelvio Quadrifoglio has the chops to stake claim to the SUV lap record at the Nurburgring.

Granted, Bigland admitted to only doing simulation lap times around the ‘Ring, but according to him, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio can finish an entire lap around the race track in 7:59.0 flat, 0.74 seconds quicker than the current standard-bearer, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, and a ridiculous 14-second gap to the Cayenne Turbo.

Now this may just be Bogland and Alfa Romeo shooting off hyperboles about the Stelvio to get buzzing. After all, we won’t know if the Stelvio Quadrifoglio can really punch that time at the Nurburgring until it actually does it, fully documented. On that front, Alfa Romeo has yet to say when that’s going to happen, but if you look at the numbers of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio relative to that of the Cayenne Turbo S, there is a case to be made that Alfa Romeo’s simulations could be right.

First, there’s the power, which the Stelvio Quadrifoglio 505-horsepower output admittedly falls short compared to the Cayenne Turbo S’s output of 570-horsepower output. But, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is also the smaller of the two SUV’s, which means that it’s significantly lighter than the massive 5,093-pound Cayenne Turbo S. Put these numbers together and combine them with the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s all-wheel drive system, torque vectoring, the all-world suspension system, and the carbon ceramic brakes, and Alfa Romeo’s claim doesn’t so blasphemous anymore.

So can the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio really beat the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S’s SUV lap time record at the Nurburgring? Only Alfa Romeo can answer that at this point and the sooner it gets the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to the ‘Ring, the sooner we get our answer.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV Arrives In LA With 505 Horses On Tap

Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV Arrives In LA With 505 Horses On Tap

That’s how you make a splash, Alfa Romeo!

Ok, Alfa Romeo. We see you now.. Determined to make a huge splash at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show,, the Italian automaker did just that with the unveiling of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Not only did Alfa live up to that promise, it even included the range-topping Stelvio Quadrifoglio version, all 505 horsepower of it. There are a lot of details to peruse here, but it’s safe to say that the Stelvio’s arrival isn’t just a long time in-the-making - the Kamal SUV concept was shown all the way back in 2003! - it also marked an important moment in the Italian company’s push to return to relevancy.

Without diving too much into the details - let’s save those for the official review - the Stelvio QV is a performance behemoth, the kind you’d expect from a 2.9-liter biturbo V-6 engine that traces its roots to none other than Ferrari. It’s good for an astounding 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque, exactly the same number that its sedan counterpart, the Giulia Quadrifoglio, has under its own hood. Don’t expect the Stelvio to be quicker than the Giulia though on account of carrying extra weight over the sedan. Still, the SUV is capable of hitting 60 mph in 3.9 seconds to go with a top speed of 177 mph.

More than its performance capabilities, the Stelvio QV also features plenty of premium materials, including generous servings of leather and carbon fiber. No surprises there either considering that Alfa Romeo is packaging the Stelvio Quadrifoglio as a legitimate threat to a segment populated by the likes of the Porsche Cayenne and BMW X5 M. As far as first impressions go, Alfa Romeo may have finally a hit on its hands.

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Alfa Romeo Announces Stelvio Name For New SUV

Alfa Romeo Announces Stelvio Name For New SUV

Production to start in late 2016 with first models out in 2017

Alfa Romeo’s long awaited yet often delayed SUV has finally been given a name. Fiat Chrysler chief Sergio Marchionne officially christened the SUV with the name “Stelvio”, a reference to a famous mountain pass located in Northern Italy.

Marchionne spoke to Auto Express during a recent factory tour in Italy and one of the most important points he mentioned was Alfa’s plans for its future SUV. According to the boss himself, the Stelvio will focus primarily on being one of the best of its class in on-road ability. From a technical standpoint, the SUV will use a modified version of the Giulia’s all-new architecture, providing engineers the flexibility to offer a range of four-cylinder and V-6 engines for the vehicle, as well as rear- and all-wheel drive systems.

The Stelvio, code named Tip 949 D-SUV, will be part of a range of models that the company plans to launch by 2020. The company initially set that timetable for 2018, but with a planned reduction in manufacturing, product investment, and research & development expected to go through until 2018, Alfa Romeo deemed it more practical to hold off the completion of the mass product launch for another two years. That said, the timetable for the Stelvio is still expected to push through.

Technical details are still being kept under wraps, but there have been some hints coming out of Alfa Romeo that points to a variety of engine options, including a 2.2-liter diesel, a 2.0-liter gas unit, and a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V-6. The V-6 is the same engine found under the hood of the Giulia, and could be badged as the model’s Quadrifoglio Verde version. Expect to hear more details about the Alfa Romeo Stelvio in the coming months as the preparation for its production phase begins.

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