Top 11 Things you should know about the Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Alfa Romeo Windsor are the official destination in Canada for all things Alfa Romeo. The below list covers some of the more little known, as well as some well established facts and trivia about the incredible Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV. Read on to find out more!


It’s been in the works for longer than you think

Yes, the Stelvio is Alfa Romeo’s first production SUV, however it can trace its roots all the way back to 2003, where the Kamal Concept car was first unveiled. After another 14 years of design and development, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio was born, when it was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in the spring of 2017. Its stunning lines and impressive performance figures were received with much critical acclaim at the famed auto convention.

It’s a record holder


The Nurburgring Nordschleife, also known as the ‘Green Hell’ is a track where legends are born, including the legend of the world’s fastest SUV; the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio. Esteemed racing and Pirelli test driver, Fabio Francia, piloted the Stelvio Quadrifoglio around the Nurburgring in an astonishing 7 minutes, 51.7 seconds, making it the fastest SUV ever to take on this fearsome track. Not only is this fast for an SUV, it is simply fast period. The Alfa, in this instance, beat the lap times of several sports and super cars, including the Lamborghini Gallardo and Ford GT.

It’s named after a famous road in the Italian Alps


The Stelvio Pass is one of the World’s greatest driving roads, and is the highest paved mountain road in Italy. The pass itself boasts an incredible 48 hairpin turns, making it the ideal namesake for Alfa Romeo’s masterful SUV. With 50/50 weight distribution, the Stelvio was designed with roads like this in mind, making it not only practical, but a real driver’s car. Not only does the Stelvio feature perfect weight distribution, it also boasts the most direct steering ration in the compact SUV segment, giving drivers the confidence to tackle corners with gusto.

It’s a true Italian masterpiece


After decades of absence from the North American Market, Alfa Romeo came back with a bang with the beautiful Stelvio, embracing the Alfa philosophy of ‘la meccanica delle emozion’, or ‘the mechanics of emotion’, effortlessly blending style and soul with class leading engines and sublime handling. Every Stelvio is constructed by master craftsmen at their Cassino auto plant in Frosinone, Italy.

It has a German Transmission


The Alfa Romeo Stelvio’s other worldly transmission is courtesy of ZF Friedrichshafen, in the form of the 8HP50 for the Base and TI versions, or the 8HP75 in the case of the Quadrifoglio (the Quadrifoglio shares this gearbox with some real heavyweights, including the Aston Martin DB11). These slick auto transmissions pair with column mounted paddle shifters, essential for spirited driving, allowing shifts in as little as 200 milliseconds. The 8 Speed box, featuring adaptive shift technology on all models is perfectly tuned to the Stelvio, helping to manage the huge torque as well as assisting with improved fuel economy; a win win.

It has brains as well as brawn


To complement the impressive motors, Alfa Romeo equipped the Stelvio with its DNA driving software system. This integrated control module allows the driver to select the best setup based on current conditions and driving style. It features 3 modes on the Stelvio; Dynamic Mode, Natural Mode and All Weather Mode. To further break it down, Natural Mode is the every day driving suggestion, a blend of optimum fuel economy and comfort on neutral surfaces. All Weather Mode provides maximum computer input, allowing the traction control system to intervene should it sense dangerous or slippery road conditions. Finally the Dynamic Mode is for spirited sessions, the system sharpens up throttle and brake response, whilst the traction control engages minimally, ensuring maximum feel for a pure driving experience. The Quadrifoglio version is also equipped with a fourth setting; Race Mode. The race mode sharpens response even further, whilst once again reducing the traction control influence.

 It comes with All Wheel Drive as standard


That’s right, as standard! The Stelvio is one of the only vehicles in its segment to come equipped in all variants with an all wheel drive system, except this isn’t just any all wheel drive system, it is the Alfa Romeo Q4 system. This fusion of hardware and software ensures a sport sedan driving experience with the practicality of an SUV. Torque is distributed to specific wheels as the system senses a requirement, which is continually monitoring road conditions. The Q4 system works harmoniously with the patented Alfa Link rear suspension, which uses vertical rods to augment the overall drivability, handling performance and comfort of the Stelvio.

 It could be considered to be a bargain


There aren’t a lot of SUVs that perform like the Stelvio, and there even fewer (if any) that perform like the Stelvio in its price range. Whether you’re interested in the turbocharged 2.0 liter inline four, with its 280 horsepower and 306 lb-ft of torque, and starting at just $53,345; or if you’re more inclined towards the mighty Quadrifoglio, featuring a 2.9 liter twin turbocharged V6, with a breathtaking 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, with a starting price of $95,000, you’re unlikely to find anything that can put such a smile of your face for less!

 It’s incredibly safe


Featuring a wide array of safety equipment and driver aids, the Stelvio passes nationally recognized crash safety tests with flying colors. In addition to providing a safe haven for occupants in the event of a collision, the Stelvio features technology designed to help prevent the crash from occurring in the first place; Forward Collision Warning Plus provides visual and audible alerts to prompt the driver to stop, and if necessary it can apply brakes on the driver’s behalf.

 It’s full of premium materials and equipment


The Stelvio comes as standard with lashings of Italian style, every surface is covered with the finest materials, and small touches like the steering wheel mounted stop/start button ensure you know you’re sitting behind the wheel of a real performance vehicle. This can be equipped with a Harman/Kardon stereo, for incredible sound courtesy of the 14 speaker setup. The seats are heavily bolstered, and wrapped in luxurious leather, the perfect mixture of comfort and support.

 It’s really rather spacious


The trunk is a truly cavernous space, measuring in at 18.5 cubic feet, or with the rear seats folded, 56.5 cubic feet. The Stelvio’s rear passenger seats are set up in a 40/20/40 split configuration, for excellent versatility when loading cargo. For any items that are simply not designed to be carried inside (maybe boats?) the Stelvio boasts a 3000 lb towing capacity, providing ample ability for most people’s trailering needs. But what about the cabin? If it were to be summed up in one word, that word would probably be ‘leg room’, as once again, this is something the Stelvio has a lot of!


If you’d like to know more about the Alfa Romeo Stelvio or get the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Price Canada, Alfa Romeo of Windsor your Alfa Romeo Canada dealer would love to give you the full guided tour. Call to arrange a test drive or drop by, all are welcome. Alfa Romeo of Windsor is one of the only Alfa Romeo Canada Dealers able to ship vehicles all over the country, so even if you’re not located near to our Alfa Romeo dealership, we would still love to chat with you!

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