Alfa Romeo’s highly anticipated hero SUV, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio – known as the Q in Australia - will go on sale in Australia in the New Year, priced from $149,000.
Claimed to be the fastest SUV in the medium-sized class, the 375kW/600Nm twin-turbo V6-powered Stelvio Q has a claimed top speed of 283 km/h and a 0-100km/h time of just 3.8 seconds - that’s a solid second quicker than the BMW X3 M40i and Mercedes-AMG’s GLC43.
It’s also a lot cheaper than its main rival in the speed and power stakes, the $171,530 Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S, while the Audi SQ5 is also in the same subset of sporty SUVs.
The Q uses the same all-wheel-drive underpinnings and eight-speed automatic transmission as the Giulia Q; in fact, the Stelvio is built on the same Giorgio platform as the sedan.
The new Stelvio range-topper differs from the rest of the line-up via tweaks to improve aerodynamics, performance and handling, including bonnet vents to allow air to pass through the engine compartment and additional intercooler vents.
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It also stands out visually thanks to aluminium doors, bonnet and guards, sporty side-skirts, huge body-coloured wheel arches, large exhaust tips for the dual-mode system, that distinctive Kamm tail and 20-inch alloy wheels.
The Stelvio Q’s interior features Alfa’s premium eight-way powered seats covered in leather and Alcantara, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Harman/Kardon stereo, door panels and dash, carbon fibre interior trim pieces and an 8.8-inch multimedia touchscreen with sat nav, Apple Carplay and Android Auto.
There’s also a carbon-fibre propshaft and adaptive suspension that teams up with a torque vectoring system on all four wheels. The Q can be adjusted via a multi-drive mode system that can quiet it down or rev it right up, depending on your mood.
The options list is long, and includes items like Sparco caron fibre-backed bucket seats ($5000), ceramic front brake rotors and suitable pads ($12,000) and a panoramic sunroof ($2400).
The Stelvio is off to a quiet start in the sales charts, sitting at the bottom of the premium medium SUV ranks with just 281 sales for the year, behind cars like the Jaguar F-Pace (601), Porsche Macan (1714) and Range Rover Velar (1183).
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio arrives in Australia in January 2019, and you can register you interest now via Alfa Romeo Australia’s website.
2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio range pricing
- Stelvio 2.0-litre turbo petrol - $65,900
- Stelvio 2.1-litre turbo diesel - $67,900
- Stelvio First Edition petrol - $71,900
- Stelvio First Edition diesel - $73,900
- Stelvio Ti 2.0-litre Diesel - $78,900
- Stelvio Quadrofoglio - $149,000