It took a long time for Alfa Romeo to join the premium SUV segment. Thankfully, it joined the segment with the Stelvio and was showcased at 2016 LA Auto Show. Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is no ordinary crossover as it is a performance vehicle. They have for the first time applied vaunted Cloverleaf emblem to a SUV. Engine in Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is powered by Ferrari which is 2.9 liter twin-turbo V6 engine. It generates an output of 503hp and 600Nm of torque. The same engine can also be found on Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio.
Power is transferred to all-four wheels through ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. The setup helps Stelvio Quadrifoglio to scurry to 62mph from stagnant position in 3.8 seconds before reaching the top speed of 176mph. Interior materials of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is not of high quality. Infotainment system comprises of 8.8 inch center screen and a console-mounted rotary control knob. Steering wheel is thin-rimmed that sends feedback from the front tires. Column-mounted shift paddles click through the transmission swiftly. It is quite evident when moved from Natural driving mode to Dynamic and Race.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio managed to lap Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds which is quicker for any SUV or crossover. It can easily carry three to four people no matter the road condition. This SUV sits on 20 inch wheels that wear Pirelli P Zero PZ4 performance tires. The price of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio starts from $81,590 which is $6,295 costlier than Giulia Quadrifoglio. The following images were captured in wet British track and seem to handle it with aplomb.