During the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Alfa Romeo decided to finally take its new high-performance SUV to the public, the Stelvio. The presentation, showing up the 2018 commercial version of this interesting vehicle, was highly satisfying and left only a few details in the dark.
The 2018 Stelvio is named after one of the most exciting roads in Italy and the entire world, located more than 9000 feet above sea level and with a wide array of hairpin corners for the bold ones to enjoy.
This debuting high-performance SUV plans to compete with a really demanding segment where, as usual, German carmakers are leading the charge: Porsche with the always-exciting Cayenne and BMW with the traditional X5.
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The Muscle Under The Hood
When it comes to the 2018 Stelvio, the engine onboard will be determined by the chosen trim. Three different trims will be available, along with two engines. The Stelvio and Stelvio Ti trims will have a 2.0-litre inline-four engine that generates up to 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of maximum torque. On the other hand, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio will enjoy a 2.9-litre V-6 powerplant that generates up to 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of maximum torque.
Just like the Giulia Quadrifoglio in its particular case, the 2018 Stelvio Quadrifoglio will be the fastest, most sport-oriented model. Regarding the transmission, we find an eight-speed automatic transmission with all the features that we can expect from a high-performance SUV.
The presentation of the 2018 Stelvio highlighted the capacity of the all-wheel-drive system onboard to transfer up to 60 percent of the generated torque to the front wheel when the situation demands it.
This whole system works linked to the Chassis Domain Controller and driver-adjustable DNA Drive Mode technologies, which are cutting-edge features that promise a lot for the driving experience in general. The Quadrifoglio trim exclusively enjoys the DNA Pro setup that adds a fourth driving mode: Race Mode.
As you can imagine, the Race Mode totally changes the experience and takes it to the next level. While on, turbo starts working beyond its limits, steering and braking become more efficient and sporty, transmission gets more aggressive, the stability control fades away and much more.
Regarding the numbers, the 2018 Stelvio Quadrifoglio can go from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 177 mph (285 km/h).
Completing the Experience
We have to dedicate our lines to the Quadrifoglio trim, which is the one that offers the most. With this version, we are getting carbon-fiber trims, exclusive rims, race-focused suspension tuning, a torque-vectoring rear differential and sport-inspired decoration for the cabin, everything as standard. If you are willing to pay more, you can always get Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes and carbon-fiber Sparco seats.
Inside, the 2018 Stelvio gives us all the amenities. A 7.0-inch TFT screen is the center of attention, in the middle of the dashboard. Everything is premium and made of top-notch materials, including all the leather upholstery and the premium steering wheel.
The Bottom Line
The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio represents, in all its trim, an outstanding alternative to competing with the Cayenne and X5, offering power, luxury, and beauty. The Italian carmaker is moving forward, year after year, to provide excellent models to break the bad rep they have built.
The base price is still unknown.