When Ferrari was spun off from Fiat, many wondered if the independent company would need to build highly profitable and highly in-demand SUVs to stay afloat. I don’t know if Ferrari will build an SUV (company brass insist it won’t), but now I know what that mythical Ferrari SUV would look like: the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, unveiled today at the LA Auto Show.
It’s part three of the Alfa Romeo reboot that began a few years ago with the incredible 4C sports car and was followed with the Giulia sports sedan. Alfa says it’s the fastest SUV in its class, with an estimated 0-60mph time of 3.9 seconds in the top-level Quadrifoglio trim. The company went so far as to claim that it will be the fastest SUV ever to traverse Germany’s famed Nürburgring – it’s the fastest in company simulations, but it apparently hasn’t yet made the journey to Nürburg for an on-track record attempt.
510 horsepower and 0-60mph in 3.9 seconds
The Quadrifoglio Stelvio, which is named ayou’re sefter Stelvio pass in Italy, sports a 510-horsepower Ferrari-inspired 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6, with sister-company Maserati’s Q4 all-wheel drive system distributing the power to all four wheels. The base-level 280 horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder unit should give plenty of pep, though, and is aimed right at the Porsche’s new entry-level Macan.
If Ferrari isn’t interested in building an SUV, it may not matter. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio could satisfy the SUV-desires of prancing horse fans around the world.