Alfa Romeo reveals first SUV in Los Angeles

Top of the range variant can reach 285km/h

Alfa Romeo has unveiled its first SUV at the Los Angeles automotive show.

The Stelvio is available with a range of engines. The top of the range variant, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, features a turbocharged V6 gasoline engine which delivers 380kW and has a top speed of 285km/h. The engine is made entirely of aluminium to reduce the weight of the vehicle, especially over the front axle. 

The company's Integrated Brake System is in use on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. The electromechanical system combines stability control with a traditional servo brake to guarantee instantaneous brake response and short stopping distances, while significantly contributing to weight optimisation. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio's braking system comprises aluminium components and carbon-ceramic discs.

Alfa Romeo said: “One of the primary objectives of the design of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio was to achieve maximum driving pleasure. The key contributors to this are the perfect weight distribution between the two axles and an optimum power-to-weight ratio. The first of these required astute management of weights and materials, which was achieved by tweaking the layout of Alfa Romeo's new SUV and locating all the heaviest components as centrally as possible. 

“The ideal power-to-weight ratio, meanwhile, was achieved by using ultra-lightweight materials such as carbon fibre for the driveshaft and aluminium for the engine, suspensions, brakes, doors, wheel-arches, bonnet and liftgate. The reduced weight does not affect the car's excellent torsional rigidity, which guarantees durability, low noise levels and first-class handling even under extreme stresses.”

The Stelvio SUV, developed at the company's engineering centre in Modena, will be manufactured in the recently overhauled Cassino plant on a production line dedicated exclusively to the latest Alfa Romeo models.

tags: Alfa Romeo High Performance