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Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio: Double the Price, Double the Fun?

2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

CARS.COM — The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is being billed by the automaker as the "world's fastest production SUV," but it won't come cheap. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio will start at $81,590, which includes a hefty $1,595 destination charge — almost double the base Stelvio's price.

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The model's dual-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 pumps out 505 horsepower and 443 pounds-feet of torque; Alfa says it muscles from zero-to-60 mph in an estimated 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 176 mph.

"Stelvio Quadrifoglio lapped Nurburgring in [a] record 7 minutes 51.7 seconds, the fastest time ever posted by a production SUV, making it the fastest production SUV in the world," the automaker said in a statement.

The top trim joins the base Stelvio and Stelvio Ti trims, which get power from a 280-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The price of entry is $42,990 for the base model and $44,990 for the Ti; all prices include destination. All Stelvios have standard all-wheel drive.

The Quadrifoglio gets some specific interior and exterior features. Outside, it wears a rear spoiler and side sill insert unique to the model, as well as 20-inch aluminum wheels with six-piston Brembo front brakes and a hand-painted four-leaf clover badge, a hallmark of the Quadrifoglio name. Inside, it gets a specific instrument cluster, Alcantara leather sport seats, leather-wrapped dash, and doors with accent stitching and genuine carbon-fiber trim.

Aside from the more potent powertrain, extra go-fast goodies include a torque-vectoring differential, a four-mode drive selector with a Race mode and an adjustable performance suspension system.

The 2018 Stelvio Quadrifoglio hits dealers in the spring.

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