It's fast enough to rip a hole through time - possibly.
Not everyone will love the styling of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the Italian automaker’s long-awaited SUV that has made its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. But there’s no arguing with the performance of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
Under its louvered hood lives a Ferrari-derived, 2.9-litre, twin-turbo V6 motor producing 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. It is the same engine that made the Giulia QV the fastest sedan ever to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Alfa Romeo hopes it is man enough to power the Stelvio QV to the SUV record.
Skip through to the 15 minute mark on the video below to see just how bold a claim Alfa Romeo is making.
That’s right - Alfa thinks the Stelvio QV will lap the ‘Ring in 7 minutes 59 seconds, snatching the record from the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S by 0.74 secs.
Now, we know what you’re thinking, and yes the Stelvio QV does give away around 65 hp to the Cayenne Turbo S. But it is also considerably smaller than the German, being similar in size to the Macan, which also means it is many hundreds of kilograms of lighter than the Cayenne’s huge 5,093 pound (2,310 kilogram) mass.
It helps that Alfa’s chassis engineers were able to draw on Ferrari’s expertise in setting up the weapons-grade suspension. There’s a torque vectoring rear differential, as well, and the option of carbon ceramic brakes.
The Stelvio can outrun the big Porsche in a straight line, too. Its 0-60 miles per hour (0-96 kilometres per hour) time of 3.9 seconds is two tenths of a second ahead of the Cayenne, while it tops out at 177 mph (285 km/h), one whole mile per hour faster than the Turbo S can go.
Lesser Stelvio models will be powered by a 280 hp 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo engine, hooked up to standard-fit Q4 all-wheel drive.
Check out the promo below.