Alfa Romeo is a name synonymous with the most stylish of cars. It’s sexy and suave, and makes your legs quiver merely in anticipation.
A reaction, understandably, to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, soon due for launch on our South African soils. It’s the perfect vehicle for those who crave both raw power and eloquent performance. It’s an SUV that’s sporty in both design and execution.
The Quadrifoglio is the sort of car that chews through gravel as it takes corners on a curvy mountain road as easily as a magpie makes off with your shiny bits.
It was born on the tracks of F1 racing. Actually, like much of the tip-top car technology, Formula 1 is where the car frontier is at. The best drivers in the world, driving tech just passed concept whiteboards, pushing their machines to the edge.
We, less professional drivers, reap the benefits of their experience in the F1-race proven conditions. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a hybrid, where its SUV all-wheel drive capabilities meet intense sportscar performance.
Are you a family man / woman?
This car is perfect for hauling the whole clan.
You just get to sweep the streets, and weave through traffic as you rush to get to the soccer game on time. (Not that we are encouraging speeding – careful accelerating to maximum legal speed is fine.)
Control of the wheel is like wielding the conductor’s baton at an orchestral concert; just so, to lift the rhythm section, and bring it all into harmony.
Harmony is a good descriptor for driving a vehicle like this. With a 2.9 litre twin turbo engine, you’re essentially riding a rocket.
Be warned though, if you decide you have to have it, the brake system is largely electronic. This may bother some. You push the pedal, per se, and it sends signals that slow down the car’s wheels… but this may be quite disconcerting. Electric failure is always possible. You’ve been warned.
Then there’s the entertainment system, an 8.8-inch screen, Bluetooth, etc, enabled, and has Android and Apple connection capabilities. Making it a cinch (and a sync?) to connect and play your smartphone-based media.
It’s going to be expensive as heck though. The estimate currently is about R1.8 million. Considering our currencies current volatility, that may go to R2 million.
But it is considered one of the best personal vehicles in the world. If you happen to have the dosh available and love the thought of driving an SUV like a sportscar… which we do, oh, the pure pleasure… then it may well be worth every cent.