Fiat Chrysler North America today announced pricing in the US for the “World’s Fastest Production SUV,” the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. The sporty, 505-horsepower crossover will start at $79,995 excluding destination, the automaker says, with standard all-wheel drive, a ZF 8-speed automatic, and a Ferrari-developed, twin-turbocharged 2.9L V6 under the hood.
“We specifically crafted the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to truly set itself apart among high-performance vehicles and it does not disappoint – whether being driven on the Nürburgring or on roads across North America,” says Alfa Romeo’s new Global Head, Tim Kuniskis. “Equipped with the most powerful Alfa Romeo engine ever and our advanced Q4 all-wheel-drive system, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio roars to life with an exhilarating driving experience.”
The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio can sprint to 60 mph in an estimated 3.9 seconds, according to FCA, and power on to a 176-mph top speed. Key to its impressive performance figures is its relatively light weight – an attribute it shares with the Alfa Romeo Giulia, thanks to the two vehicles’ common Giorgio platform. Best-in-class horsepower and segment-leading torque don’t hurt, either.
For comparison’s sake, the base Alfa Romeo Stelvio – with its turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder and rear-wheel drive – has an MSRP of $41,995. That’s just over half the MSRP of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, for most of the same content. However, that model doesn’t have a carbon-fiber propshaft, a Ferrari-developed engine, nor any of the other myriad special bits that make a Quadrifoglio, a Quadrifoglio: a torque-vectoring differential, for instance, and massive, 6-piston Brembo front brakes.
The base Stelvio also never ran the Nürburgring in a record 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds.