In the Spotlight – Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio {{favouriteCount}} Quantity of Likes

8 Dec 2017

We absolutely love the Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio here at BOTB. It has an incredible chassis, fantastic handling and a delicious engine that gives punishing performance. But it really does struggle for grip with all that power going to just the rear wheels. So we were pleased when we heard that the Stelvio Quadrifoglio was getting the same hardware but with power going to all four wheels – but was it going to be awful to drive as it’s so tall and heavy?

Well, it appears not. The motoring press have driven the Stelvio Quadrifoglio recently and the verdict was that it’s as good as a Porsche Macan Turbo, which is huge news for Alfa Romeo. The Macan Turbo is THE car to beat in this class and to be on a level playing field with their first performance SUV must be very exciting for them. So what is the Stelvio Quadrifoglio and how is it different from the regular Stelvio?

Well the biggest difference between the Quadrifoglio and the more humdrum versions is that incredible engine – a 2.9 litre twin turbo V6 developed by the Ferrari technicians that puts out a rather wonderful 503bhp. It exits through the rear pipes in a fantastically Italian way – all fruity rasps, burbles and growls and allows the Quadrifoglio to devour a road in a rather alarmingly complete way. The AWD system is RWD in normal use with 100% of torque going to the rear wheels, but when they slip, that torque is pushed to the front wheels to help the car grip. Well, 50% of it can be, no more.

Between that engine and the tyres is a whole load of tech too, there’s the same 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox seen in the Giulia Quadrifoglio, active torque vectoring to make the car more nimble via a couple of clutch packs in the rear differential and lots of driving modes that alter the engine characteristics and damper stiffness. This means you have a tall SUV that will grip well, ride well and won’t roll a great deal while still being comfortable to use every day.

Another big difference is the visual one – the regular Stelvio is a pretty car, but the Quadrifoglio is like when Steve Rogers goes into the machine and comes out as Captain America – all bulges and flexing musculature. There’s a lower front spoiler with gaping intakes, some subtle yet effective bonnet vents and a rear diffuser housing those four exhaust cannons, sorry, pipes. It also sits on a stunning set of 20-inch alloy wheels with subtle wheelarch extensions.

Inside the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is just as impressive, with figure-hugging sports seats, leather and alcantara with coloured stitching and the option of lots of carbon fibre trim along with all the attest tech and safety innovations. Rear headroom is slightly compromised thanks to that sloping roofline, and you probably won’t see more than 25mpg if you vocalise that V6 too often, but it’s very rare that you can get a decent sized SUV with a sub-4 second 0-62mph time, a 7min 51s Nürburgring lap time and great handling.

The fact that it also looks great and makes a good noise makes the Stelvio Quadrifoglio one of the best all-round performance cars on sale today. And we’re offering it to you for just £4.25 a ticket, for one week only in our ITH promotion, so get some tickets here straight away! And don’t forget that if you buy 5+ tickets there’s a 20% discount, 10+ and that doubles to 40%!