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Alfa Romeo pulls covers off Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV in LA

Friday 18 November 2016, By Autovolo

Alfa Romeo pulls covers off Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV in LA

Alfa Romeo pulls covers off Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV in LA

Alfa Romeo has revealed the Stelvio Quadrifoglio in Los Angeles – the first SUV for the Italian manufacturer.

The new performance SUV shares much of its design language with the Giulia saloon, featuring similar headlights and the iconic Alfa Romeo triangular grille.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is powered by a Ferrari-derived 2.9-litre, bi-turbo petrol that produces 503bhp. This is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Alfa has also fitted its Q4 all-wheel-drive system to the Stelvio. This sends 100 per cent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels for the majority of the time, but can transfer as much as 50 per cent to the front wheels if required.

The brand says this gives the Stelvio Quadrifoglio all of the advantages of four-wheel drive, along with good fuel economy, impressive performance and the driving experience of a rear-wheel-drive car.

Torque vectoring technology is also paired with the Q4 system, allowing power to be transferred to the ground more effectively. This provides improved grip, as well as increased safety.

The new Alfa DNA Pro selector has also been installed on the Stelvio. This allows the driver to change between Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficiency and Race driving modes.

The Integrated Brake System that was first introduced on the Giulia saloon also features on the Stelvio. This combines a traditional servo brake with stability control to guarantee an instantaneous response from the brakes, as well as shorter stopping distances.

A new Connect 3D Navigation unit with an 8.8-inch display, which was developed in partnership with Magneti Marelli, features in the Stelvio’s cabin.

It has also been confirmed that a less powerful version of the Stelvio will be made available. This car will feature a 2.0-litre, 276bhp turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, which will also be paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.