Alfa Romeo delivers on a track worthy SUV

Outside of hauling a race car to the track, SUVs typically don’t deserve a spot in the paddock. There are a few exceptions, and the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is one of them.

It is a true performance machine, capable out pacing many sports cars. To start, under the hood is a comparatively small 2.9L twin-turbo V6 that pumps out an outstanding 505 horsepower. This paired with an 8-speed transmission and all-wheel-drive. The 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is quicker off the line than the new Porsche 911, yet it can hold four full-grown adults with their luggage in the rear. It also handles surprisingly well with super sticky wide Pirelli tires.

In both comfort and race modes with adaptable suspension, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio produces minimal body roll. You notice a subtle difference in handling, but a big difference in ride quality between the “DNA” driving modes. This SUV is also surprisingly well balanced, with a near 50/50 weight distribution. Thus it goes in to turns and exits almost neutral. In order to save weight, the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio makes use of carbon fiber for multiple parts, including the driveshaft.

Slow in and fast out, as old racing saying goes. So to slow down this 505hp family hauler, Alfa Romeo fitted the Stelvio Quadrifoglio with Carbon Ceramic brakes. They offer increased stopping power and better heat distribution, just in case you decide to track the vehicle.

The interior of the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is just as sporty and exotic looking as the outside. My test car featured alcantar seats to hold you in place, thick green and white stitching to pay homage to Quadrifoglio, and carbon fiber trim to remind you that you are in a high-performance machine.

It may be a stretch, but some could argue that the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the closest thing we have to a Ferrari SUV. Those individuals wouldn’t be too far off when you consider that the engine block design is rumored to have come from a Ferrari Portofino. Also Ferrari and Alfa Romeo have quite a bit of racing history together. Prior to World War II, Enzo Ferrari claimed a number of victories for Alfa Romeo’s race team.

Up until recently, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio held the record for the fast SUV around the Nurernburgring… I guess the Apple doesn’t fall to far from the tree.

So whether you are actual at the race track or in the carpool line at school, you can feel like a race car driver everyday in the 2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.