This is the impressive new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio which has a 2.9 litre V6 twin-turbocharged petrol engine under the bonnet producing 510 bhp to make it, Alfa says, the quickest SUV in its class.
It helps that the engine has torque of 600Nm and a 0 to 62 mph sprint time of 3.8 seconds and onto 176 mph.
With all this power, Alfa has fitted as standard an all-wheel drive system that features active torque vectoring to keep the vehicle planted on the tarmac.
There’s also a long list of equipment including an 8.8-inch infotainment system complete with satnav and Android Auto and Apple Car Play.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio will set a new benchmark
There are hopes that the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio will set a new benchmark for the compact SUV market and in addition to the speed, the vehicle offers a rewarding driving experience.
To enjoy the acceleration, Alfa have fitted aluminium paddles to the steering column and there’s a cylinder deactivation system to help boost economy.
Also, the firm’s Q4 all-wheel drive system will deliver 100% of the torque to the car’s rear axle under normal conditions but when these wheels get close to their limit if grip, the system will in real deliver 50% of the available torque to the front axle.
So, where does Alfa manage to make its claim for being the fastest? Well, they say that the Stelvio Quadrifoglio has a kerb weight of 1,830 kg for the best in class power-to-weight ratio at 3.6hp/kg.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio features a unique integrated brake system
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio also features a unique integrated brake system which combines a traditional servo with the car’s stability control for the major braking response and, the firm says, a short stopping distance.
Alfa has created a stylish and high performing SUV with a style delivering improved aerodynamics and handling to help deliver what drivers are looking for.
To help, there are bonnet vents, a sporty side skirt, intercooler air vents in the vehicle’s side and huge body coloured wheel arches plus four exhaust tips.
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However, the interior offers an excellent and comfortable place to spend time in thanks to the use of premium materials and excellent craftsmanship with good use of leather, carbon fibre and Alcantara.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio will arrive in the UK by next summer and the firm says the spec and prices will be confirmed nearer to the time but it’s highly likely that with an increasingly competitive SUV segment, the newcomer will be a popular choice.