Alfa Romeo is as Italian as Michelangelo’s David, but it’s owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which puts heartland US brands like Dodge and Jeep under the same corporate umbrella.

So, it’s not a huge surprise if you’re experiencing automotive déjà vu when looking at the Alfa Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

Just as Jeep took the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat’s mega Hemi V8 and shoved it in the nose of its Grand Cherokee to create the unhinged Trackhawk, Alfa has pulled off a similarly audacious car-to-SUV transplant.

Granted, the outright power figures aren’t in the same stratospheric realm, but the intent is the same.

Take the thumping 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 from the muscular and indecently rapid Giulia Quadrifoglio sedan, and drop it into the high-riding, five-seat Stelvio to create a Quadrifoglio version capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in less than four seconds.

Does Alfa’s take on the family-fast formula allow enthusiast drivers to have their practicality cake and eat it with a side order of dynamic performance? We got behind the wheel to find out.