Is there anything interesting about its design?
Alessandro Maccolini has been a constant in the Alfa Romeo Style Centre for 25 years. As head of exterior design he’s guided the brand’s increasingly sophisticated look, through to the most recent Giulia and Stelvio, with the beautiful Tonale compact SUV concept and soon-to-arrive GTV coupe pushing the boat out even further.
Resplendent in rich ‘Competizione Red’ our Stelvio Quadrifoglio bears a strong resemblance to its Giulia stablemate (they’re underpinned by the same ‘Giorgio’ platform), its fierce expression constructed around the signature ‘tri bolo’ shield grille which is able to descend all the way down the nose courtesy of an offset front licence plate.
Long, angular (adaptive bi-xenon) headlights wrap around each front corner, while a broad two-level splitter with black mesh air intakes above adds a racy aero touch. Dual bonnet vents add another hint of performance purpose.
A subtle combination of gentle curves and harder character lines down the car’s flanks merge with aggressively pumped guards filled by 20-inch five-ring forged alloy rims.
With the turret sloping sharply towards the rear, the Stelvio has the look of an SUV ‘coupe’ in similar fashion to the BMW X4 and Merc GLC Coupe. And gloss black side window surrounds and roof rails are a no-nonsense touch, while Alfa spotters will like the iconic Quadrifoglio (four-leaf clover) badges at the top of the front guards.
The LED tail-lights echo the general shape of the headlights, with clearly defined horizontal sections stacking together to create a relatively upright rear end. Quad exhaust pipes and a five-channel (functional) diffuser enhance the car’s macho personality.
The interior is as brilliant to look at as it is to occupy. A mix of leather, Alcantara, brushed alloy and carbon-fibre adorns a cool and sophisticated design incorporating echoes of Alfas past and the latest tech the brand has to offer.
Our car featured an especially carbon-rich environment thanks to optional Sparco carbon-fibre front seats ($7150) and a leather, Alcantara and carbon sports steering wheel ($4550).
A dual cowl instrument cluster, complete with accentuated eyebrows in the dashtop above each gauge is an Alfa hallmark, as are eyeball air vents at either end of the dash fascia.
An 8.8-inch colour multimedia screen is seamlessly integrated at the top of the centre stack and contrast red stitching across the seats, doors and dash, as well as the restrained use of genuine, top-shelf materials highlights the interior’s quality and attention to design detail.
Eight colours are offered, including the single no-cost shade of (solid) ‘Alfa Red’. There are five optional metallic shades – ‘Vulcano Black’, ‘Silverstone Grey’, ‘Vesuvio Grey’, ‘Montecarlo Blue’, and ‘Misano Blue’ (+$1690), with two ‘Tri-Coat’ finishes (different base and main coat colours with clear over), ‘Competizione Red’ and ‘Trofeo White’ ($4550).