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Is the $80K starting price of 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio reasonable?

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrofoglio is known as the world’s fastest SUV after proving itself lethal around the Nurburgring with a lap time of 7:51.7. Under its hood is a V6 engine that produces as much as 505 horsepower (376 kilowatts). And for a car this powerful to be in your garage, be ready to shell out a huge amount of money too - as the Stelvio Quadrofoglio has a starting price of $79,995 MSRP, excluding the $1,595 destination fee. This adds up to a total of $81,590.

With that price tag, we could definitely say that the Stelvio Quadrofoglio is not cheap. With that price, it actually is $38,000 more expensive than the regular Stelvio, which only comes out to be $41,995. But that is also because the standard Stelvio only carries a 2.0 liter engine that can carry out 280 horsepower (208 kilowatts). However, when looking at the prices of its closest rivals, we can say that it is competitively priced.

For instance, the 2018 Porsche Macan Turbo with Performance Package has a starting price of $87,495, but is also a bit less powerful by 65 horsepower (48 kilowatts) when comparing it with the Stelvio.

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Can the Lamborghini Urus beat Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s Nurburgring SUV record?

Many automakers seem to always have the Nurburgring in the back of their heads when they build new cars. And a lot of them seem to be obsessed about making an attempt to break the record. Now, Lamborghini has decided to join the rest of these guys. It is not the first time for them to take their cars to the Green Hell. In fact, the Huracan Performante once took home the record around the Ring, before the Porsche 911 GT2 RS took over with a total of 6 minutes 47.3 seconds time.

Next spring, the Italian automaker plans to head back to the Green Hell, but with a different model this time - the Lamborghini Urus -- as it attempts to be the fastest SUV to lap the Nurburgring. At the time of this writing, it is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio that holds the record time with 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds.

However, if you could remember, some people doubted its performance saying that the video had been edited to make it look like it finished that soon. Whether it is legitimate or not, that is still the same time the Urus has to beat to become the record holder.

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New Maserati SUV based on Alfa Romeo Stelvio set to arrive in 2020

Maserati’s current focus is on developing a new model that is far from what people have been anticipating - the new GranTurismo and the production version of the Alfieri.

This is because today’s trend is leaning towards SUVs more than sedans and other types of vehicles, and parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is aware of that. This is why Sergio Marchionne announced that a Maserati SUV will be available in the market by 2020.

The still unnamed SUV will be positioned just below the Ghibli-based Levante, and it will be riding on the same Giorgio rear-wheel drive / all-wheel drive platform like that of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, but with a major difference. Marchionne also mentioned that the new Maserati SUV might be receiving a unique powertrain, but he did not give any more details after. We are also aware that the company will soon be electrifying all their models, starting in 2019. Therefore, it is likely that the Maserati SUV will also be offered with a hybrid setup.

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Did Alfa Romeo cheat on the Stelvio’s Nurburgring run?

Just a few days ago, the guys behind Alfa Romeo were celebrating after getting a hold of the crown for being the fastest production SUV to lap the Nurburgring, after the Stelvio beat the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S’ record.

Like many records set before it, there are those who question its veracity. In this case, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio took on the Green Hell, and finished in exactly 7 minutes 51.7 seconds. But we have been hearing things that there were a couple of issues in the video’s editing.

The website Bridge to Gantry, was the first one to throw doubt into the record. They pointed out a number of editing issues that could prove it to be fake. This video contains the full 7 minutes 51.7 seconds run of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. If you watch the video closely, the car appears to pass through the same location several times throughout the video. One particular example is the fact that the car passes the 2 kilometer sign twice right in the start of the video.

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The Porsche 911 GT2 RS has won its spot as the record holder for the Nurburgring when it comes to road-legal production cars. However, the Stuttgart based company has just lost the SUV crown to Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio Quadrifoglio. It was Fabio Francia who drove the SUV around the Green Hell, and luckily, he did well on the challenging corners of the track. In case you don’t know, Francia had taken the Giulia Quadrifoglio to the ‘Ring, and is responsible for its record breaking lap time of 7 minutes 32 seconds.

Though the Stelvio’s record is far from the Giulia’s, and cannot match that of its more agile sedan sibling, its 7 minutes 51.7 seconds record is still quite impressive. Especially considering the fact that former record holders like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S took another 8 seconds to go around the ‘Ring. Furthermore, when Alfa Romeo introduced the Stelvio Quadrifoglio at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, they said that the model would need 7:59 seconds to lap the Nurburgring. Surprisingly, the production version is even quicker than they expected.

The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the brand’s first ever SUV, is 2.0 inches longer and 8.9 inches taller than the Giulia, with 2.5 inches more ground clearance. Under the hood is the same 2.0 liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, borrowed from the Giulia. It has 280 horsepower and 306 pound-feet of torque. As for performance, the company claims that it can do the 60 mile per hour sprint in 5.4 seconds, before continuing to a top speed of 144 miles per hour. These numbers are quite impressive compared to other 2.0 liter powered SUVs. The engine will be paired with an eight-speed automatic that gives power to the all wheel drive.

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Those who know of Jeremy Clarkson would say that it’s difficult to persuade him once he has formed his opinions. In fact, that may be an understatement for many. Another thing that we know about him is that he is not a big fan of SUVs, or that genre in general, as he thinks that it is a waste of money. However, the general public doesn't seem to agree with him, and still go for SUVs. To add to that, more and more people are shifting to SUVs more than anything else.

Clarkson expressed this as he wrote on his latest article on Sunday Times: "I loathe all the current crop of so-called SUVs, except those I dislike intensely". He finds it "idiotic" driving around a car that is slower, pricier, and consumes more fuel than a saloon or an estate. This guy has so much angst.

But recently, Alfa Romeo invited the guy to head over to Tuscany to test drive the new Stelvio. Naturally, Clarkson already had a negative outlook on this, as it was an SUV made by Alfa Romeo, and even compared it to Armani deciding to make carrier bags. A weird metaphor but we get it.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio is the Italian-American automaker's current bid to extract a five-figure amount out of the check books of consumers who like to cruise around in style with Giorgio-backed grace, and those who are highly interested to know how much it costs to acquire such vehicle then you are in luck. FCA North America recently revealed the price tag for both Stelvio and Stelvio Ti, and automaker competitors might just be worried now.

The Italian-American automaker is finally taking part in the crossover buzz in the United States by unveiling the Stelvio this summer. The top of the tier Quadrifoglio will sit beside the Stelvio at a later time, but the standard trim will sell for about $42,990 (plus $995 destination) when arriving at selected dealers. Its mid-range counterpart, the Stelvio Ti will bear a price tag of around $44,990. The standard Stelvio and Ti's powertrain is a 2.0 L turbocharged 4 cylinder that produces around 280hp (209 kW) and 306 lb-ft (415 Newton-meters) of torque.

The output will be delivered via an 8-speed automatic gearbox to the front and rear wheels. The automotive company claimed that the new crossover can go up to 60 miles per hour (97 km per hour) in just 5.4 seconds and can clinch a top speed of about 144 mph (232 kph). But don’t be fooled, as the low-range Stelvio have some nifty features including Alfa DNA drive mode selector, leather interior, backup camera, rear parking sensors, bi-xenon headlamps with LE daytime running light, LED tail lamps, passive entry care of Keyless Go, power liftgate, power hatch, and a Formula One inspired flat bottom steering wheel with dedicated push button start to top it all.

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There are a lot of reasons to be excited for the 2017 New York Auto Show this week. The reasons range from Jeep’s most powerful SUV, to Dodge’s SRT Demon, and many others.

After Alfa Romeo introduced the range-topping Stelvio Quadrifoglio at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the company decided it would release the standard version of the crossover at the upcoming New York Auto Show.

The company promises that even the base model will offer excellent performance. With only an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the all wheel drive has the ability to send 60 percent of the torque to the front wheels when extra traction is needed. Both the Stelvio and Stelvio Ti will have a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder that can yield 280 horsepower (209 kilowatts) and 306 pound-feet (415 Newton-metres) of torque. In just 5.4 seconds, both vehicles can speed up to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometres per hour), and have a top speed of 144 miles per hour (232 kilometres per hour). The range topping model, on the other hand, has a 505 horsepower 2.9 liter twin turbo V6 engine and can hit 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds, with a top speed of 177 mph.

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If you are wondering why this Alfa Romeo SUV being shown at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show looks so familiar, wonder no more. Well, it is because it is identical to the Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV that was unveiled by the Italian carmaker at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

When we say these models are identical, we mean that they are the same. While Alfa Romeo showed both the base and higher-end versions of the Stelvio in LA, the one shown in Chicago is only the performance variant. Simply put, the version being shown at 2017 Chicago Auto Show sits at the top of the range of the Stelvio SUV model. Welcome, the dynamics-focused Stelvio QV or Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

As far as the looks of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is concerned, it might be easier to describe this SUV as the taller and more practical version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan. This shouldn’t surprise us since the Stelvio SUV has essentially adopted the design language found in the Giulia sedan. The Stelvio also features flowing headlights, muscular wings and a large triangular grille – as found on the Giulia sedan.

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The new Stelvio from Alfa Romeo was recently presented to the public during the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. And with that, X-Tomi Design quickly came out with its very own rendering, albeit a little controversial, and dubbing it as the Stelvio Spider.

From the name, it is safe to assume that the roof of the Stelvio was removed and it presents itself as a possible challenger to the Range Rover Evoque Convertible. While FCA has no plans on actually making such a version, it would certainly be interesting to see how Range Rover would react if the project is realized.

When it was first unveiled during the LA show, people were excited as this marked the first time Alfa Romeo released a SUV. Powering this model is the same engine inside the Giulia Quadrifoglio which is the twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine. Total output is at 505 hp with peak torque of 443 lb-ft. With this, the Stelvio attains a maximum speed of 177 mph with acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in 3.90 seconds.

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Not a few have been expecting Alfa Romeo to offer a sports utility vehicle. In fact, it has been over a decade since people started hoping that Alfa Romeo would develop and produce an SUV, when the Italian carmaker unveiled the Kamal SUV concept in 2003. Now, the long wait is over as Alfa Romeo is unveiling its own SUV at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show – the new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio.

While it took Alfa Romeo a lot of effort to build the new Stelvio SUV, it is far easier to describe it as a more practical yet taller version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan. A quick look at both Alfa Romeo vehicles would make onlookers conclude that the Stelvio appears similar to the Giulia sedan. This means that the Stelvio SUV has adopted the design language found in the Giulia sedan.

But the similarities do not end there. For instance, the interior of the new Stelvio is comparable to the cabin of the Giulia, with a couple of tweaks though. Stelvio also features a flat-bottomed steering wheel with paddle shifters, climate controls, an infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as Alfa Romeo’s signature selector knob and second rotary dial in the center console. In addition, the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV is underpinned by the same platform that underpins the Giulia sedan – the new Giorgio vehicle architecture developed by parent FCA.

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