Inspired by the immensity and grandeur of the Stelvio Pass, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio excels in terms of power, dynamic performance and handling capabilities – satisfying the most demanding driver. It is the very first Quadrifoglio SUV, embodying “La Meccanica delle Emozioni” through and through.
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio, is set to become the new benchmark in the premium compact SUV segment with its unique combination of awe-inspiring design, performance and technology. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio design stays true to the Alfa Romeo tradition of mixing heritage, power and beauty. From the iconic front Trilobe to the muscular lateral bodywork, the high performance version of Alfa Romeo’s first SUV truly embodies the iconic, Italian approach to car design.
Stelvio Quadrifoglio is equipped with the exclusive aluminium 2.9 litre V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine, developed with input from Ferrari technologies and engineering know-how, which delivers maximum power of 375kW (510hp) at 6,500rpm and generates a maximum torque of 600Nm (443 ft-lb) from 2,500 to 5,000rpm. This power plant is teamed with the specifically calibrated eight-speed automatic transmission that allows gear shifts in just 150 milliseconds in Race mode! The transmission also features a lock-up clutch to give the driver a powerful feeling of in-gear acceleration once the gear is engaged. Moreover, to maximise the driving experience, the model is equipped as standard with one-piece aluminium paddle shifters integrated with the steering column.
It accelerates from zero to 100km/h (62mph) in just 3.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 283km/h (176mph). However, the Alfa Romeo sports SUV is also incredibly efficient in terms of emission and fuel consumption, thanks to its electronically controlled cylinder deactivation system and the “sailing” function, available in Advanced Efficiency driving mode.
For the first time, the 510hp 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine is combined with the innovative Q4 all-wheel drive system, resulting in an unbeatable blend of performance, traction, driving pleasure and safety in all situations. In normal conditions, the Q4 system transfers 100% of the torque to the rear axle. As the wheels approach their grip limit, the system transmits up to 50% of the torque to the front axle in real time, by means of an active transfer case.
The Q4 system architecture includes an active transfer case and front differential designed to meet the specific technical requirements of Alfa Romeo, including the rapid-response management of high torque levels, with a compact, lightweight set-up. The active transfer case makes use of advanced active clutch technology to deliver a dynamic ride combined with good fuel economy. The next-generation integrated actuator delivers high response speed and precise torque distribution, in line with the selected Alfa DNA Pro drive mode setting.
The Q4 system continuously monitors numerous parameters to optimise torque distribution between the two axles according to what the car is doing and how much grip there is beneath the wheels. This technology can predict imminent loss of grip by processing the data it receives from the lateral and longitudinal acceleration, steering-wheel angle and yaw sensors. In normal conditions, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio with Q4 system acts like a rear-drive vehicle, with 100% of the torque sent to the rear axle. As the wheels approach their grip limit, the system transfers up to 50% of the torque to the front axle via a dedicated transfer case.
To modulate torque distribution with the utmost speed, the system uses a high degree of mechanical overslip between the two axles, which translates into class-leading control in terms of traction and directional stability when cornering.
State-of-the-art technology for impeccable handling and great driving pleasure
In keeping with Alfa Romeo’s technical traditions, electronic assistance must never be intrusive, but merely facilitate the driving experience, which is exhilarating in itself thanks to the passionately and painstakingly designed chassis and suspension system. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio confirms this philosophy: it is structurally unique, but still offers numerous sophisticated systems to make the driving experience – already assured by the car’s underlying technical excellence – even more thrilling.
Alfa Chassis Domain Control (CDC) and Alfa Active Torque Vectoring
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is equipped with the exclusive Alfa Chassis Domain Control (CDC) unit and is the only one to provide differential Alfa Active Torque Vectoring (ATV) as standard.
CDC acts as the “brain” of the Alfa Romeo SUV, and coordinates all the car’s electronic systems, to deliver the best performance and the utmost driving pleasure at all times. Specifically, the Chassis Domain Control system simultaneously manages and assigns specific tasks to the various active systems, such as the Active Torque Vectoring system, the Active Suspension system and the ESC, in accordance with the setting selected by the driver with the DNA Pro selector.
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the only SUV in its class to provide the Active Torque Vectoring differential as standard. The Torque Vectoring technology optimises the drive distribution and accentuates its sporting character. The two electronically controlled clutches in the rear differential make it possible to control torque delivery to each wheel separately. This ensures the optimal transfer of power to the ground even when the car is pushed to its dynamic limits. This makes the Stelvio safe and fun to drive at all times, without recourse to intrusive inputs from the stability control system.
Alfa DNA Pro with Race mode
The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is also equipped with the new Alfa DNA Pro selector, which modifies the car’s dynamic response according to which mode the driver selects: Dynamic, Natural, Advanced Efficiency (energy-saving mode) and Race (ideal for maximum performance).
In detail, the Dynamic setting modifies the engine control parameters for faster power delivery, increases the gear shift speed and modifies the suspension response for sportier on-road driving. The Natural mode, on the other hand, sets the power delivery and suspensions to ensure comfort and demure handing in everyday driving, while Race mode allows deactivation of the stability and traction controls, enhances the roar of the exhaust and maximises performance for a memorable circuit driving experience in real racing style. Last but not least, the Advanced Efficiency (AE) setting improves efficiency and cuts consumption with functions such as “sailing” and cylinder deactivation. The AE mode is also strongly recommended in low-grip situations.
Exclusive AlfaLink suspensions, Alfa Active Suspension and the most direct steering in the class
Up front, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio has a double wishbone system with semi-virtual steering axis, to optimise bump filtration and ensure quick, precise responses to steering inputs. By keeping the contact patch of the tyre constant when cornering, this exclusive Alfa Romeo set-up affords outstanding levels of lateral grip.
The rear suspension uses a patented four-and-a-half link Multilink system to deliver a winning combination of performance, driving pleasure and comfort. An electronically controlled damping system, furthermore, adapts to driving conditions instant by instant, enabling drivers to opt for more performance-biased or comfort-oriented handling.
Alfa Active Suspension is a system which continually, actively controls the suspensions and shock absorbers to reduce movement of the body of the car in all driving conditions. It constantly interacts with the CDC and Alfa DNA Pro and “calibrates” its actions to suit the driving mode selected, delivering unrivalled comfort and handling.
In any situation and at all speeds, driving the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, with the most direct steering ratio on the market (12.1:1), is natural and instinctive.
Integrated Brake System (IBS) and carbon-ceramic discs
Having made its debut with the Giulia, Alfa Romeo’s unique Integrated Brake System (IBS) is now also in use on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. This innovative electromechanical system combines stability control with a traditional servo brake to deliver instantaneous brake response and hence shorten stopping distances, while also making a significant contribution to weight optimisation. Carbon ceramic brake discs are also available as an option, offering both lighter weight (17kg less than the standard type) and greater mechanical strength, even at the highest temperatures, in both dry and wet conditions.
Perfect weight distribution and the ideal power-to-weight ratio
Stelvio Quadrifoglio holds two best-in-class titles which make it the highest-performing SUV in its segment: with a kerb weight of just 1,830kg, the model boasts the best weight/power ratio in its category (3.6kg/hp) and the best specific power (176hp/l).
Perfect weight distribution between the two axles required astute management of weights and materials, which was achieved by tweaking the Alfa Romeo SUV’s layout and arranging the heavier elements in the most central position possible, to guarantee superlative driving pleasure. The ideal power-to-weight ratio, meanwhile, was delivered with the aid of ultra-lightweight materials such as carbon fibre for the driveshaft and aluminium for the engine, suspensions, brakes, doors, wheel-arches and bonnet.
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.
Unique style evolved in the service of performance
The design of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is inspired by the idea of “necessary beauty”, as the perfect synergy of form and function is even more extreme in this high-performance SUV. Style and design are not merely aesthetic considerations but also support crucial factors including aerodynamics, speed, power and handling. Mirroring the performance, in Quadrifoglio guise everything is raised to new heights and has an even greater visual impact.
This approach is clearly reflected in the structural vents in the bonnet, the intercooler air vents at the side, the sporty side-skirt and the massive body coloured wheel arches and the four exhaust tips. The nose features the iconic and immediately recognisable “Trilobo” motif, while the unmistakable “Kamm tail” rear ensures that the design is rooted in Alfa Romeo tradition.
The front end of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a perfect mix of seduction and emphatic proportions, conveying a strong message of power. The front end features familiar slots around the shield-shaped grille, together with muscular surfacing and the iconic, immediately recognisable “trilobo” motif with intercooler air vents at the side.
The side view is sensual and athletic, with the famous “quadrifoglio” four-leaf clover on the wheel arch. The overall dimensions are compact: 470cm long, 168cm high and 216cm wide, yet it expresses dynamism and strength. This sensation is emphasised by the wheel arch and the widespread use of the body colour, heightening the impression of a car firmly anchored to the road. The quadruple exhaust tips also give the impression of reaching out to the 20-inch burnished alloy wheels and lead the eyes towards the road. The car’s visual make-up was chosen partly in response to structural needs, so its style and design are not merely aesthetic considerations but support crucial factors aiding its aerodynamics, speed, power and handling. This is also reflected in the bonnet with structural vents to allow air to escape from the engine compartment.
The cockpit of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio is simple, tasteful and forged around the driver. The controls are grouped together on the steering wheel, which is small and direct to suit all driving styles. The diagonal tunnel and slightly undulating dashboard converge on the driver’s seat, with carbon fibre adorning the console, tunnel, dashboard trim, handle inserts and steering wheel rim. The black seats, in leather and alcantara, are specific to the model and are shaped for more support when cornering. There is a choice of red, white and green and dark grey stitching. The contrasting materials (leather, alcantara and carbon fibre) and coloured stitching combine technology with fine workmanship and attention to detail, for an interior with lashings of personality. The dark pillars and roof lining also add to the sporting ambiance.
Alfa Connect 3D infotainment with Apple CarPlay integration and Android Auto compatibility
Stelvio Quadrifoglio also see the introduction of Apple CarPlay, the smarter and safer way to use your iPhone in the car. CarPlay lets the user get directions optimized for traffic conditions, make and receive calls, access text messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows them to stay focused on the road.
Stelvio Quadrifoglio is also compatible with Android Auto, bringing the Android experience into the car by ‘projecting’ apps and services on to the screen in the central display, and is designed to make it safer and easier to get the information needed while driving. Drivers can use Google Maps for directions and easily access their favourite music, media and messaging apps in the car.
These new technologies also extend the capabilities of the innovative Alfa Connect 3D NAV 8.8-inch, available as standard on Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Developed jointly with Magneti Marelli, the infotainment system offers a sophisticated series of features and functions, including a next-generation human-machine interface, controlled by a Rotary Pad and using the high resolution display integrated in the dashboard. In addition, thanks to “optical bonding” technology, the user benefits from an excellent level of visualisation and readability on the display.
Finally, as well as controlling the DAB digital radio and the HI-FI digital audio, the Alfa Connect 3D NAV 8.8-inch system includes, as standard, navigation functions with high-resolution 3D maps. The system is quick to calculate routes and can be used even if the GPS signal is missing by exploiting Dead Reckoning technology. It also allows updating of TomTom maps via USB, and display of driving style data and the type of ride set by the Alfa DNA selector.
Standard specification on the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio includes 20-inch Quadrifoglio alloy wheels with specifically profiled wheel arches, restyled rear diffuser, sports exhaust with four outlets and bi-xenon headlamps with LED DRL. Inside, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio comes with a leather dashboard and door tops, leather and Alcantara seats, leather steering wheel, carbon fibre trim and stainless steel pedals. The centre of the dashboard is dominated by the 8.8-inch Alfa Connect infotainment system, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to replicate the smartphone environment on the on-board display.
Safety specification includes advanced Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Blind Spot Monitoring (DSM), Integrated Braking System (IBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and a rear-view camera with guide lines. AlfaTM Chassis Domain Control, Alfa Active Torque Vectoring, Alfa Active Suspension system and Alfa DNA Pro, with Race Mode, complete the standard set-up.
The Quadrifoglio Emblem
In 1923, legendary Alfa Romeo race car driver Ugo Sivocci wanted to break a string of second-place finishes. To prepare for the legendary 15th edition of the Targa Florio race through the mountains of Sicily, Sivocci painted a white square with a “Quadrifoglio,” on the front of his Alfa Romeo RL Targa Florio.
As luck would have it, he finished in first place – achieving the first of the Brand’s ten victories in this prestige competition. Weeks later, Sivocci was track-testing a new car that did not yet bear his lucky symbol. Tragically, he crashed and lost his life. This marked the beginning of a tradition: all future Alfa Romeo race cars would bear the four-leaf clover on a white triangle instead of a square, with the missing corner symbolising the loss of Sivocci.
The same good-luck emblem also appeared on Brilli Peri’s “P2” when he triumphed in the first “Motor Racing World Championship” in Monza in 1925, gaining the first of Alfa Rome’s five world titles. In the late twenties the Quadrifoglio badge was also used on the race-track to distinguish the cars of Alfa Romeo itself from those operated by the “Scuderia Ferrari”, which took the prancing horse as its emblem.
In 1950 and 1951, Giuseppe “Nino” Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio drove the Alfa Romeo 158 and 159 cars, the famous “Alfettas”, to success in the first two Formula 1 World Championships. Then, in the Sixties, the Quadrifoglio appeared in the “ready-to-race” version of the “Giulia”, the “TI Super”, before teaming up with the blue triangle of the Autodelta for several decades: from the “GTA” to the “33”, through to the two world championships won by the “33 TT 12” (1975) and the “33 SC 12” (1977). Alfa Romeo’s racing career continued in the eighties, when after it returned to F1 in 1980, it scored repeated successes in touring car races (GTV 6 2.5), up to the triumph in the DTM with the “155 V6 Ti” in 1993 and the very long series of victories of the “156 Superturismo” (1998-2004).
Production Alfa Romeo cars have also proudly borne the Quadrifoglio badge: it was awarded to particularly high-performing models built from the ’60s to the ’80s. Some had the symbol on their bodywork even though it did not appear in their names – such as the “Giulia Sprint GT Veloce” or the “1750 GT Veloce” – while others, from the eighties onward, included Quadrifoglio in their official names, such as the various versions of the “33 Quadrifoglio Verde” or the “164 Quadrifoglio Verde”.
Most recently, the Quadrifoglio symbol returned to the limelight both with the launch of the Mito (2008) and Giulietta (2010). Both models maintained the legacy in terms of dynamic performances, without sacrificing efficiency, environmental protection or convenience in daily use. Today the standard-bearers in the new Alfa Romeo generation are the Giulia and Stelvio models, both with the legendary Quadrifoglio badge, which denotes their class-topping performance, handling and weight/power ratio, specific external and internal features, exclusive powerplants and a genuine Alfa Romeo sound.
Today, Sivocci’s clover remains a symbol of race-worthy capabilities and, of course, a symbol of good luck. It has been the symbol of racing Alfa Romeo cars ever since, and has appeared on select production models since the Sixties. Today, on the new Stelvio, the Quadrifoglio “certifies” their sporty pedigree and exclusive technology.
Type: Petrol 2.9 litre (2891cm3), 6-cylinder vee
Bore x stroke (mm): 86.5×82
Compression ratio: 9.31 : 1
Max power (kW / metric hp): 375 / 510 @ 6500 rpm
Max torque (Nm / ft lb): 600 / 443 @ 2500 rpm
Timing (control): VVT with rocker arm and lash adjuster
Fuel feed: Electronic injection
Stop&Start system: Standard
Gearbox: 8 speed Automatic (AT)
Final drive: 3,730
Front rotors: STD/Carboceramic, (mm) 390/398
Rear rotors: STD/Carboceramic, (mm) 350/360
Braking distance (62-0 mph): 37 metres
Wheels & Tyres
Front wheels (in): 20 x 9J ET29
Rear wheels (in): 20 x 10J ET34
Front tyres (mm): 255/45 R20 101Y
Rear tyres (mm): 285/40 R20 104Y
Capacities & Weight
Fuel tank (litres): 64
Weight distribution between front/rear (%): 53.8/46.2
Kerb weight (kg): 1830
Kerb weight incl. driver(kg): 1735
Max towable weight (kg) not braked: 750
Max towable weight (kg) braked: 2300
Max load (kg): 2300
Height (mm): 1681
Width (mm): 1955 (excl. mirrors)
Length (mm): 4702
Wheelbase (mm): 2818
Load capacity (l) with seats in position and spare tyre: 499
Load capacity (l) with flat rear seats: 1600
Turning circle diameter (m): 12.1
Steering Ratio: 12:1
Wading depth (mm): 480
Top speed (km/h / mph): 283 / 176
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (62mph): 3.8 secs
Fuel consumption (mpg)
urban cycle: 23
extra urban cycle: 33.6
combined cycle: 28.8
CO2 emissions (g/km)
combined cycle: 227
Environmental classification: EURO 6D-TEMP