OPTIONSThe Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s arrival in Australia has been preceded by another performance variant that shares its engine with Alfa’s Giulia Veloce sports sedan.
The a 206kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbo petrol Stelvio Ti is the most powerful four-cylinder petrol version of the Italian carmaker’s first ever SUV, bringing an additional 58kW/252Nm over the entry-level Stelvio.
That considerable power boost results in a 1.5-second quicker 0-100km time of 5.7 seconds over the entry-level Stelvio; it’s also 0.9 seconds quicker than the torquey 154kW/470Nm 2.4-litre turbo diesel that currently tops the range.
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Like the other two variants, the Stelvio Ti’s powertrain includes an eight-speed automatic transmission driving all four wheels.
The Ti’s standard features list will include go-fast cosmetic enhancements including 20-inch alloy wheels and red brake calipers.
Racetrack-bred Koni dampers and a rear limited-slip differential are also standard, though an even better ride is available with optional Alfa Active Suspension (AAS) electronic damping control, which improves ride comfort and road holding by assessing driving dynamics and road surface conditions in real time.
Other standard kit includes heated front sports seats, heated, flat-bottom sports steering wheel, aluminium sports pedals, DNA drive mode selector, genuine leather interior, remote start with passive entry, bi-xenon headlamps, dual exhaust, class-exclusive carbon-fibre driveshaft, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a 400w, 10-speaker sound system.
Priced from $78,900, the Stelvio Ti is now available for order before its arrival later this year, when it will temporarily top the local range until the even more powerful Stelvio Q (Quadrifoglio) arrives in time for Christmas with a six-figure price tag.
The Q uses a 375kW/600Nm twin-turbo V6 shared with the Giulia Quadrifoglio and its arrival will see the Ti cede halo duties to become a potent mid-spec offering that, like the Giulia Veloce, will provide a decent compromise in terms of enhanced driver enjoyment and price.
2018 ALFA ROMEO STELVIO PRICING
- Stelvio 2.0T Petrol - $65,900
- Stelvio 2.2T Diesel - $67,900
- Stelvio First Edition 2.0T Petrol - $71,900
- Stelvio First Edition 2.2T Diesel - $73,900
- Stelvio Ti - $78,900
2018 STELVIO TI OPTIONS
- Panoramic sunroof - $2400
- Alfa Active SDC Suspension - $2200
- Harman/Kardon 14-speaker sound system - $1500
- Vehicle theft alarm - $1500