2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio first drive

The 2018 Stelvio Quadrifoglio is always fast, all the time, regardless of what drive mode you’re in. How could it not be, endowed as it is with 505 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque oozing out of a glorious, 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine? If there’s only one take-away from my first impressions of this overpowered crossover, it’s this: brace yourself, whether you’re driving or just along for the ride.

Like its sibling, the Guilia Quadrifoglio, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio was bred from the ground up to be a sports car – it just so happens to have been born a midsize SUV. Crowned as the fastest SUV, that’s no manufacturer hype: if you’re buying your next crossover on 0-60 mph performance alone, then this is your car. The Alfa’s 3.6 second dash, edges out even the Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan by 0.2 seconds. Mercedes’ GLC 63 S Coupe, GLC 63 SUV and – the primary target – Porsche’s Macan Turbo with Performance Package come in at 3.7, 3.9 and 4.2 seconds, respectively. No chance.

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