The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is already a polarizing model – not only because it’s the Italian brand’s first-ever SUV but also because of its design – though one thing might be sure, it’s blazing fast on the Quadrifoglio iteration.
This is due to the fact that a Stelvio Quadrifoglio will be using under the hood the same Ferrari-derived, 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine as the Giulia QV – packing a meaty 505 horsepower (377 kilowatts) and 443 pound-feet (601 Newton meters) of torque. This is the same engine used in the Giulia QV to capture the Nurburgring record for the quickest sedan in the world – twice (first with the manual and then with the automatic). And during the live world premiere of the Stelvio SUV it seems Alfa has already decided on the time they need for their posh SUV.
Watch the official video from the company and at the 15 minute mark you’ll see the bold claim. Exactly – Alfa believes its Stelvio QV will bring down the Green Hell in just 7 minutes 59 seconds, claiming the record held today by the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S by a mere 0.74 seconds. This would indeed be an achievement of the whole assembly, considering the Stelvio QV lacks some 65 hp (48 kW) compared to the Cayenne Turbo S. The balance could be given by the chassis tune and also the smaller dimensions – the Italian SUV is about the same size as a Macan, meaning it’s also way lighter than the 5,093 pounds (2,310 kilograms) German counterpart.