The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and the BMW X4M have the exact same power outputs, but they are two different beasts on the trackby Sidd Dhimaan, on
Compact SUVs are the hottest selling vehicles today across the price segments. Almost every mainstream automaker has a compact SUV in its lineup that’s doing pretty well for it. If you’re ready to spend big bucks on a compact SUV, you can get some pretty hot machines. The folks at Carwow brought three such SUVs to a drag strip and put them in a series of races. These include two Germans – the BMW X4M Competition and the Porsche Macan Turbo, and an Italian – the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Has The Power-to-Weight Advantage Here
The BMW X4 M Competition is packed with a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder twin-turbo engine under the hood that makes 510 horses and 443 pound-feet of torque.
It comes with an eight-speed automatic gearbox and an all-wheel-drive system. The SUV weighs 4,343 pounds.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is powered by a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo engine that also churns out the exact same power figures – 510 ponies and 443 pound-feet of twist. Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox with a torque converter. It weighs 4,034 pounds, a little over 300 pounds lighter than the BMW.
The Porsche Macan Turbo comes with a 2.9-liter, turbocharged V-6 engine under the hood that produces 440 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all the wheels via a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The SUV weighs 4,288 pounds, making it just 55 pounds lighter than the BMW and a little over 250 pounds heavier than the Alfa Romeo.
The Porsche Is The Weakest, But Has The Best Gearbox
The cars went through three drag races before switching to the rolling races and the brake test. In the first race, the X4M had a false start and in the second, it jumped the race. But, it was the third one that can be considered as a fair race. All the SUVs here have things that put them at an advantage over the other. The X4M has the best launch control system, the Porsche has the lightning-quick dual-clutch gearbox, whereas the Alfa Romeo is the lightest of the lot. So, going into the race, all three had an edge. We’ll let you know that the Macan Turbo came in third here, but will let you watch the race for yourself and find out which SUV won.
Then came the rolling races, wherein all the SUVs first started at 50 mph in comfort mode. The BMW X4M Competition took off leaving the other two in the dust. The Alfa Romeo had the laziest kick-down, but managed to nudge the Porsche comfortably at the one-mile mark. In the second rolling race from 50 mph in the sportiest setting, things were no different aside from the fact that the Stelvio Quadrifoglio responded much better to the throttle input this time.
In the brake test, the Alfa Romeo stopped in the shortest distance, followed by the Porsche, and then the BMW.
Who do you think won the drag race – the BMW X4M Competition or the Alfa Romero Stelvio Quadrifoglio? Let us know your predictions in the comments section below before you watch the video.