Alfa Romeo markets their 2019 Stelvio Quadrifoglio as the “soul of a racer.” Billed as “race-inspired engineering” that “was created for those who seek the highest level of performance and utility,” The Quadrifoglio gives ample reason for this marketing approach. For starters, the Quadrifoglio was content to settle with Alfa Romeo’s 2.0 litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Instead, the Quadrifoglio is outfitted with an all-aluminium, twin-turbo, 2.9 litre V6—an engine that is basically a Ferrari engine minus two cylinders.
It lives up to its racing promise, putting out 505 horsepower and pulling 7,400 rpm. The engine is mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission that feeds into an all-wheel-drive system. That system might make you think “SUV,” but the Quadrifoglio is closer to a track than it is to a mountain trail, even with its elevated driving position, larger tires, and spacious cargo.
Granted it is named after a famous pass in the Alps—the Stelvio Pass—but even that road is paved. But the speed is the real clincher in this argument. The Quadrifoglio can hit 0 to 100 km/h in 3.3 seconds and completes the quarter mile in 11.8 seconds. Your SUV might be able to go off road, but can it go from 0 to 100 in 3.3 seconds?