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Stelvio !!

Post by dcyel » November 25th 2016 - 10:59 pm

Finally after 10 years of hesitating to bring a SUV onto the market its finally here...And with a vengeance.

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Assembled at Alfa’s Cassino plant in Frosinone, Italy, the Stelvio is built on the same platform as the Giulia and will be offered in three trim levels: Stelvio, Stelvio Ti, and the high-performance Stelvio Quadrifoglio, which has enough distinct features and tuning to be considered a separate model. While the Stelvio and Stelvio Ti both rely on a 280-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four for motivation, the high-performance Quadrifoglio utilizes the 505-hp 2.9-liter turbocharged V-6 from the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. Aluminum is used extensively in the construction of every Stelvio, including the front and rear subframes, the suspension components (control arms in front, multilink in the rear), the doors, and the fenders; the rear crossmember is partly made of composite plastics to pare more weight.

As you might have guessed, the base Stelvio and the Ti are positioned parallel to the Giulia. Both pair the turbocharged 2.0-liter with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 16-valve single-overhead-cam four-cylinder with direct injection and Fiat’s MultiAir variable-valve-lift system produces the same 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque as it does in the Giulia. The engine produces full torque at a low 2250 rpm and holds on to it until 4500 rpm. Alfa says the all-wheel-drive system can transfer up to 60 percent of torque to the front axle when needed. It’s linked to the Stelvio’s Chassis Domain Controller (CDC) and driver-adjustable Alfa DNA Drive Mode system, which permits the driver to select among Dynamic, Natural, and Advanced Efficiency modes to modify throttle response, boost pressure, and the settings of the adaptive suspension on the Ti and Quadrifoglio. On the Quadrifoglio, it’s called DNA Pro, while on the base Stelvio, adaptive suspension damping is not available.

A 7.0-inch TFT screen and a pair of traditional white-on-black dial gauges deliver pertinent info to the driver. Leather seating, a Formula 1–inspired flat-bottom steering wheel, push-button start, a backup camera, rear parking sensors, and a power hatch are part of the standard kit. Alfa’s Q4 all-wheel-drive system is standard across the lineup. Harman/Kardon supplies an optional 900-watt, 14-speaker audio system. The standard set of 18-inch aluminum wheels is only one of seven choices, in sizes ranging from 18 to 21 inches in diameter. There are 13 exterior colors offered.

The Ti trim adds standard 19-inch wheels, authentic wood interior trim, and an 8.8-inch infotainment screen in place of the standard 6.5-inch display. Ti buyers will also have the option of selecting Sport and Lusso packages; however, at press time, exact details on these packages were not available.
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Although the 505-hp 2.9-liter V-6 and its 443 lb-ft of torque may not be all that separates the Stelvio Quadrifoglio from the humbler base and Ti trims, it’s certainly a formidable difference. Alfa is not pulling any punches here, claiming the Quadrifoglio can knock off the zero-to-60-mph run in 3.9 seconds and is good for a top speed of 177 mph. Helping the cause is an eight-speed automatic transmission, a torque-vectoring rear differential, high-performance suspension tune, more robust brakes, and Quadrifoglio-specific wheels. A 200-mph speedometer, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, carbon-fiber trim, and a set of 12-way adjustable seats carry the racy theme inside. Those interested in taking things even further can specify lightweight carbon-fiber Sparco seats and Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes.

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Re: Stelvio !!

Post by carpe » November 26th 2016 - 1:01 am

looks pretty sweet!

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Re: Stelvio !!

Post by dcyel » November 26th 2016 - 1:31 am

It is, believe me. Same engine as in the Guilia QV a car I know very well :wink2:

Alfa is resurrecting out of its ashes like a phenix. Some years ago the world famous Arese engine plant was shut down together with the "Centro de Stile" (design center) reduced to near nothing.

But the Arese factory got restarted and modernized whilst the Centro de Stile is now at its full greatness again and one former and completely modernized and upgraded Fiat assembly plant is producing all Alfa cars and only Alfa cars.

In recent years a sixties Alfa Romeo patent was overhauled which resulted in the current Multi Air engines whilst the Martinelli's not only developed Ferrari engines but were also responsible for creating the new engine lines for the Guilia and Stelvio and there is more to come around 2020.
But this I cannot disclose yet.
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