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# maranello magic
Want a Ferrari-powered SUV? The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio goes on sale in Ireland
It’s four-wheel-drive, too.

FANCY OWNING A Ferrari-powered SUV? Well, get in line! With the announcement that the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is officially on sale in Ireland you can have some Maranello magic on your driveway.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the performance version of Alfa’s first ever SUV, the Stelvio. It is powered by the same 510hp twin-turbo V6 engine that you’ll find in the Giulia Quadrifoglio saloon, which has been partly engineered with Ferrari.

Unlike the Giulia saloon which is rear-wheel drive, the Stelgio Quadrifoglio gets Alfa’s Q4 four-wheel drive system as standard. This sends 100 per cent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels most of the time, sending up to 50 per cent to the front wheels as and when it is needed by means of a transfer case.

The standard torque vectoring technology optimises the Stelvio Quadrifoglio’s drive distribution. Two electronically controlled clutches in the rear differential make it possible to control torque delivery to each wheel separately. This ensures optimal transfer of power to the ground without the need for inputs from the stability control system.

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That 2.9-litre V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine produces 600Nm of torque and alongside its 510hp can shoot the Stelvio from a standstill to 100km/h in 3.8 seconds, and on to a top speed of 283km/h. The engine is mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission that allows gear shifts in just 150 milliseconds in Race mode.

The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio comes well-specced as standard with 20-inch alloys with specifically profiled wheel arches, a sports exhaust with four outlets and bi-xenon headlamps with LED DRL.

The cabin gets a leather dashboard, door tops and steering wheel, leather and Alcantara seats, carbon fibre trim and stainless steel pedals s standard. Also as standard is an 8.8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

And the price for all of this is €118,795. While this may sound expensive, it actually undercuts its lesser-powered rivals.

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