Alfa Romeo was always known for their sports cars. And if you thought that's about it, they are going to prove you wrong now. The Italian brand has come up with their first-ever SUV in the form of the Stelvio. The latest vehicle from the automaker recently broke cover at the Los Angeles Auto Show stirring up a fire of sorts. Why? This detailed assortment of pictures will tell you exactly why.
The Alfa Romeo Stelvio is named after the famous Stelvio mountain pass in northern Italy. Imagine driving it through the challenging twisties that offer breath-taking views right on the Swiss border.
The Stelvio is pitted to be the SUV that Ferrari will never build. But the prancing horse fans need not worry, as Alfa Romeo might just take care of your needs with this SUV.
Since it's a Giulia sedan-based SUV, it is built on the same Giorgio platform. Meaning, you have the longitudinally mounted engine and sister-company Maserati’s Q4 all-wheel drive setup as standard.
There will also be a diesel unit, but it’s this 510bhp Ferrari-inspired 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 mill that's the talk of the town. Especially when the 0-100kmph sprint is claimed to be achieved in 3.9 seconds.
So expecting a thoroughbred sports car-level performance would be asking for too much? Not really. Especially, when the carmaker is also claiming it to be the fastest SUV in its segment.
The car's front highlights the flowing lines and features the brand's signature triad grille fascia. The carmaker has made sure to give it a classic Italian touch.
The first thing that should excite an enthusiast when in its cabin is that red thing on the steering. It's the push-button start that is a typical style trait as seen in many sports cars.
The cabin is packed with plush black themed leather upholstery with red stitching. Another highlight is the large touch screen system that sits in the centre and goes with the flow of the dashboard.
There's a driver-selectable drive mode system to adapt to traction and road conditions. The knob reads d (Dynamic), n (Natural), a (Advanced Efficiency), while the bold red font shouts out RACE!