New Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Review – Ferrai inside | 2020
New Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Review | Test on the road of the top-of-the-line version of the Stelvio that ensures superior performance to each direct competitor, thanks to the Ferrari derivative engine delivering 510 hp, to the low weight and to the four-wheel drive Q4.
6-cylinder V-engine of 90 °, 2.891 cc, two turbochargers, maximum power of 510 hp at 6,500 rpm. , acceleration from 0-100 km / h in 3 “8/10 and maximum speed of 283 km / h, are some peculiarities of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. In particular, as suggested by the 90 ° V architecture, the engine is derived directly from the supercharged V8 that equips the Ferrari 488. All well supported by the automatic transmission ZF8 ratios, able to perform gearshifts in just 150 milliseconds, and from the four-wheel drive Q4.
In fact, in normal conditions of adherence 100% of the torque is sent to the rear, so the Stelvio behaves like a normal rear-wheel drive with all the benefits deriving in terms of driving pleasure and maneuverability. If, however, the rear wheels approach the grip limit, an electronically controlled disc clutch transfers up to 50% of the driving force to the front wheels. As for weight, the wide use of aluminum and carbon fiber (the latter material concerns, for example, the transmission shaft) can contain the mass at 1,755 kg.
At the wheel of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, wanting a very bright and sporty behavior right away it is better to select the Alfa DNA manettino in Dynamic. Setup that keeps both the engine and the gearbox lively, ensures a good load on the steering. It also makes ESP interventions reduced to “minimum union”. Just enough to have fun in complete safety on mixed fast roads, without prejudice to the rules of the Highway Code. If you want to select DNA in Natural, you can also exclude the right cylinder bank at low revs and gently press the accelerator. A way to contain consumption especially when driving in the city.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Performance
But the true character of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio emerges in the circuit, where you can give vent to all the 510 hp and achieve lateral accelerations in stabilized attitude well above 1g. Right on track the Alfa DNA’s ideal setup is the Race that completely excludes the ESP , also modifying according to criteria of maximum engine response performance, exhaust system (which opens up giving life to a fantastic sound), steering and shock absorbers. The latter, leaving the Race inserted, may have decoupled the calibration by choosing a comfortable one. Solution invented by Ferrari that seems tailor-made for the road on Abetone.
But on the track you can detach to the limit with the impressive deceleration of the carboceramic brakes, insert the car in the curve immediately (the steering is the most direct of the segment and the refined front suspension double and quadrilateral rear multilink facilitate the task) and travel the same curve at impressive speeds. All in the name of maximum precision, with the possibility of obtaining a nice oversteering output power.
Defects? The interior layout is too similar to that of a normal Stelvio 2.2D 160 hp, while we would like to listen to the sound of the V6 by Ferrari in all its fullness not only with the setup Race inserted. Negligible faults, especially considering that only another SUV in the world is faster than the SAlfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. And that SUV is called Lamborghini Urus, much more powerful but also much more expensive being a couple of segments higher than the Alfa.