David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/29/18 2:00 p.m.
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To survive as a sports car manufacturer these days, you pretty much have to offer an SUV as well–something that’s going to add black numbers to the bottom line. Porsche does it. So does Lamborghini and Maserati. Now let’s welcome Alfa Romeo to the club.

Their entry is the Stelvio. In their words: “An SUV born from a racing pedigree.”

According to the all-knowing internet, it pretty much lives up to that statement as a Stelvio Quadrifoglio lapped Nürburgring in 7:51.7 seconds, setting a record for the world’s fastest production SUV. That’s a tenth faster than Autosport’s lap in a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560-4.

Our tester was the top-of-the-line Quadrifoglio AWD model. Instead of the standard 280-horsepower, turbocharged inline-four it gets the 505-horsepower, twin-turbo, 2.9-liter V6. Base price for the Quadrifoglio AWD is $79,795. The biggest extra on ours was $2200 for the tri-coat paint. Then add a few bucks for things like a Driver Assist Dynamic Plus Package ($1500), carbon-fiber steering wheel ($400) and Apple CarPlay ($100). Total price was $85,890.

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Fueled by Caffeine
Fueled by Caffeine MegaDork
5/29/18 2:35 p.m.

Just an FYI.. Tim calls the car a Stelvia and Stevia in his comments.. Is it so unmemorable that he can't even remember the name? cheeky

 

 

dherr
dherr HalfDork
5/29/18 3:05 p.m.

 

Well if I had only one vehicle...... needed it to do everything and had money to burn, this might be the perfect compromise. I have the same thoughts about the Porsche SUV's, the Macan looks amazing but it is much cheaper and practical to have an old Suburban for when we need to haul a trailer or lumber and then sedans and sports cars for the fun stuff......

Duke
Duke MegaDork
5/29/18 3:09 p.m.

Are they allowed to sell the Stelvia now?

A friend made a deal on one earlier this year and went to the dealer to sign the papers and take delivery.  The sales manager basically said, "We're very sorry, sir, but Alfa Romeo corporate just told us there is a safety issue and we're not allowed to sell Stelvias until further notice."  They couldn't / wouldn't give him any info on potential fixes or when they would be available.

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