It was never going to be cheap but at £69,500 OTR, the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio matches the prices of the Porsche Macan Turbo Performance Pack (£69,505) and of the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 (£69,820).
By pricing their high-performance SUV that close to its established German rivals, Alfa Romeo proves their faith into their product but it’ll take some serious convincing for customers to put down their signatures for the top-dog Stelvio.
The new Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio certainly has both Germans covered, in terms of horsepower: its twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 produces 505hp and 443lb-ft (Macan Turbo Performance: 434hp/442lb-ft, GLC63: 469hp/479lb-ft).
You could argue that the Mercedes-AMG GLC63 S (503hp/516lb-ft) is the real rival of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, and you would have a fair point but it’s still more expensive than the Italian newcomer, starting at £75,670.
How fast is it?
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio can hit 62mph from a standstill in 3.8 seconds; keep your right foot planted for long enough and it’ll reach 176mph flat out. And speaking of numbers, the Alfa set a very impressive lap time of 7min 51.7sec at the Nurburgring.
The standard specification of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio includes 20-inch alloy wheels tucked under model-specific wheel arches, bi-xenon headlights with LED DRLs, leather dashboard and door cards, leather and Alcantara seats, carbon fiber trim, an 8.8-inch infotainment system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
The range of standard safety systems includes Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning and more. The chassis features an adaptive suspension, rear-biased all-wheel drive and active torque vectoring.
Alfa Romeo UK says that the first customer cars will arrive in the country this September.