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.
The engine is paired to an automatic 8-speed transmission which allows for gear change in 100 milliseconds. An interesting feature about this variant is that it utilizes an all-wheel drive system. Not only that, the system also comes with a torque vectoring differential ensuring that superb handling is guaranteed no matter what the condition may be.
Aside from the Quadrifoglio version, the brand will be offering the base version and the Ti one. These two will be fitted with the 4-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-liter engine capable of delivering output at 280 hp with peak torque of 306 lb.-ft. This allows the models to reach a top speed of 144 mph. However much like the Quadrifoglio variant, the base and the Ti versions will have the all-wheel drive system and the automatic 8-speed transmission.
The models are also fitted with a DNA drive mode system and the Chassis Domain Controller. With this, the Stelvio is able to make the necessary adjustments and assign different amounts of power to each of the wheels. Three drive modes are offered, as well which are the Natural, the Dynamic, and Advanced Efficiency. However with the Quadrifoglio geared for performance, it has the DNA Pro instead and will get an extra mode called the Race.
In terms of design, the Stelvio uses the Giulia as an inspiration and this is why the front section has the same flowing headlights in addition to the large air intakes and the standard front grille in a triangle shape. One difference though is that the Stelvio, the Quadrifoglio version in particular, has air extractors on its hood.
Currently, the brand continues to showcase the new Stelvio in Los Angeles. It is expected to make appearances in various auto shows next year with units projected to arrive in authorized dealers around the U.S. by the middle part of 2017.