Alfa’s performance SUV will reach 62mph in 3.8sec and crack 176mph – that’s a full second quicker to the 62mph benchmark than Porsche’s claim for the Macan Turbo and 11mph faster flat out, too. It’s also 0.1sec faster than the Giulia that the Stelvio takes its engine from.
With this being the first time Alfa has mated its turbocharged V6 with a four-wheel-drive drivetrain, the development focus was to secure a considerable performance advantage to offset the weight increase. With the aforementioned acceleration figure and a 7min 51sec lap of the Nürburgring, Alfa is confident it’s ticked that box.
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The all-wheel-drive system also dramatically improves traction in slippery conditions, which, let’s face it, represents the UK more broadly than the sun-baked tarmac of Italy. As a result, the urge generated from the twin-turbocharged engine across the board is more useable regardless of the weather, although it is still useful to remember that this is a part-time rear-biased system so it’ll still squirm if you’re too greedy with the throttle.