Early morning and an Alfa Romeo in an airport car park.
Not quite, but rather autumnal Glasgow.
Luckily, the coffee's just as good as anything you'll find in Italy.
And the roads?
Well, either they're wide and flowing or a narrow lane along a loch They are some of the best in the world.
Let's hope the car lives up to them.
Welcome to a first review of the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
Now we've just got a few hours with this care but we're in Scotland and we've even managed to find a road With the hairpin in it, here we go.
Just on the steering wheel feels at home.
[LAUGH] Now, I should settle for a saying that in some ways a feel a little bit conflicted about this car because.
Well, the Giulia Quadrifoglio exists and I love that car.
I think it's absolutely fantastic.
So, in order to spend an extra 10,000 pounds On something that doesn't really look quite as good.
It's a bit more jacked up, it's a lot more practical.
I'm not sure I entirely understand why you would want this car on paper.
However lots of people obviously do want a small SUV which is why Alfa is building it.
And hopefully it's gonna make them lots of money so.
Judged on its own merits what do we think?
[SOUND] Now the Stelvio's already off to a pretty good start, because it shares an awful lot of stuff with the fantastic Giulia Quadrifoglio.
We've got that turbo-charged V6, putting out 503 brake horsepower, 442 pounds-foot of torque.
That sounds excellent, particularly if you put it into race mode.
It's worth mentioning the gear box as well, it's an eight speed auto, but it's plenty quick enough and responsive enough.
[SOUND] I love using these big, aluminum pedals, which remind me so much of, well, Ferrari, to be honest.
There's just so much theater to using them.
The looks, well it's a little bit like the Giulia but on stilts.
It's a little bit more sort of puddingy.
I think they could have gone bigger on the arches, because they look a little bit tacked on, however the wheels I absolutely love.
They are beautiful, particularly rare ones.
There's something really edition about them.
But they're so spidery.
And there's also quite a bit of sidewall on the tires, which I always thinks looks better on much more of a finer [UNKNOWN] than the really low profile tires In here well, again, it's pretty much reminiscent of the Giulia.
It's worth mentioning that these beautiful seats, which have carbon fiber basically anywhere that's not leather or al cantara are an option.
So they're about ��3,250, if I can remember the option sheet correctly, but the rest of the interior in here It's functional.
I mean, it's not as nicely designed, say, as a Porsche Macan, but it does the job.
And it has those little touches, they have carbon fiber or aluminum, as they say, which lift it above the humdrum.
So the big difference between this and the [UNKNOWN] is that obviously See we're a little bit higher up in the air which gives you a nice sight line through the corners.
I do like that.
We've also got power going to all four wheels at various points.
Now it is essentially rear wheel drive until it senses a loss of traction and a need for the front axle to get a bit of power and torque.
So it still feels really Nicely agile, and we've got that rear set of clutch packs so that it can properly torque vector across the rear axle.
[NOISE] And do you know what?
It is genuinely really quite playful.
It's not as pure a feeling as the Saloon, but I do like being able to shift the weight around in these cars, that is the fun bit.
And it does feel really chuckable.
i mean, the conditions we've got today, definitely greasy to wet, so this should be allowing it to shine.
Having said that, it is very slippery.
And obviously then the extra mass that you've got, the higher center of gravity means that it can actually get out of shape if you're not careful.
It's also worth mentioning that this Stunningly quick, nought 62 miles an hour in 3.8 seconds, 3.8 seconds.
[UNKNOWN] corners, you can certainly feel that it is principally rear wheel drive until it needs to be all wheel drive.
But it won't let you get too far out of shape.
It does shuffle the power forward nice and quickly so you feel like you have got that safety net, even when you've got the ESC turned off, which it is in race mode.
Steering, it's, well, it's quite like as it is in the Julia, but it's precise enough.
It's not a great deal of Feel, but you do seem to know where the front of the car is.
The other big option that you have got on this car is carbon ceramic breaks, which is just under 6,000 pounds as an option.
One thing you might expect is for the ride quality to be better on this because you've got the extra travel, but actually Don't think it flows quite as well as the Giuilia down the road, but it's not bad, and it obviously has to be perhaps slightly firmer just to keep control of the extra mass.
So what to conclude about the Stelvio Quadrifoglio.
for a brief time.
I would still have Virginia and save myself the best part of $10,000.
But I have to accept that there are a lot of people who want a small SUV, and a small fast one.
But why I'm not exactly sure.
To be honest, yes you can go off road Really you're not going to go very far off-road, particularly is you spec ��6,000 worth of carbon fiber brakes.
So given the caveat that I would have [INAUDIBLE], it's done a very good job.
That's two in a row.
Really, really good cars.