2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio NRING
The Ultimate Alfa SUV
The arrival of the performance SUV was no real surprise given the way the broader SUV concept had gripped the car-buying world. And, typically, some SUV-makers had more of a handle on the concept of a high-performance SUV that did others. Fundamentally, the concept took two traditionally opposing pursuits and attempted to merge them into a coherent whole. The twin aims of a high ride-height as well as sharp handling were never a great match, pitching design engineers a real curve-ball.
Race Track Bred
But typically, it was imaginative, adaptable Alfa Romeo that proved to be able to translate the concept from a marketable dream to high-speed reality. Alfa’s Stelvio Quadrifoglio is indeed an SUV that can shake up a race-track or twisting mountain road with the best of them. The classic Alfa V6 engine features twin turbochargers feeding its prodigious power through an eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shifters and, from there, to an all-wheel-drive system calibrated to send the bulk of torque to the rear wheels. That means the Stelvio behaves like a rear-drive vehicle until the computer detects wheel slip, at which point the front wheels are brought into the equation to maximise grip.
1 of 3 in Oz
This car is one of 108 examples of the Nring edition sold worldwide and just one of three in Australia. It represents a celebration of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s resetting of the Nürburgring lap record for SUVs in 2017. As well as the distinctive grey exterior, the Nring package incorporates styling cues both inside and out, including carbon-fibre race seats and upgraded entertainment systems.
Shattering performance and handling always makes for a special car, but when less than a handful are available locally, special becomes a truly meaningful adjective.
Features: Brembo carbon-ceramic brake discs, Sparco carbon-fibre front seats, leather and Alcantara upholstery, carbon-fibre interior/exterior trim, 14-Speaker Harman Kardon sound-theatre with surround sound, steering wheel in leather, Alcantara and carbon-fibre, Nring interior badge, panoramic sunroof, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.