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Alfa's first Quadrifoglio SUV and the fastest SUV around the Nurburgring is coming to New Zealand.
Equipped with the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 forged in the fires of Ferrari and previously found in the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the Stelvio QF is offered with a maximum output of 380kW (510hp) and 600Nm. Paired with a specifically calibrated eight-speed automatic, the SUV will hit 100 in just 3.8 seconds and on to a best-in-class top speed of 283kph.
The Stelvio Quadrifolgio will also get the innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive system which, in normal conditions, will put 100 perfect of the torque to the rear. When the rear starts to lose grip, up to 50 percent of the torque gets transferred to the front end in realtime.
With a kerb weight of only 1,830kg, Alfa's SUV boasts the best power to weight in its category with 3.6hp/kg and the best power density of 176hp/l. This was achieved partly thanks to ultra-lightweight components like a carbon-fibre driveshaft and using aluminium in the engine, suspension, brakes, doors, wheel-arches and bonnet.
Having made its debut on the Giulia, Alfa Romeo's unique Integrated Brake System (IBS) is now in use on the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. The electromechanical system combines stability control with a traditional servo brake to deliver instantaneous brake response and shorter stopping distances, while also making a significant contribution to weight optimisation. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio will optionally be available with carbon ceramic brake discs, offering a weight reduction of 17 kg and greater mechanical strength, even at the highest temperatures in both dry and wet conditions.
New Zealand pricing and spec will be announced upon its launch in 2018.