2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio goes on sale with $79,995 base price

It's by far the brand's most expensive model

Alfa Romeo has finally announced pricing information for the high-performance variant of the Stelvio SUV, the red-hot Quadrifoglio. Already available to order, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio has a starting MSRP of $79,995, excluding a $1,595 destination charge.

That's Maserati Levante or Macan Turbo money, but the truth is the Alfa Romeo has superior firepower and performance. After all, it's the fastest production SUV on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with an lap time of 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds.

The Italian SUV is powered by Alfa Romeo's most powerful production engine ever, a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 gasoline engine that makes 505 hp and 443 lb-ft (600 Nm) of torque. That's enough to allow the Stelvio Quadrifoglio to cover the 0-60 mph sprint in 3.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 176 mph (283 km/h).

The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to a rear-biased Q4 all-wheel-drive system that features a class-exclusive carbon fiber driveshaft.

Other performance-enhancing technologies include a torque vectoring differential, Alfa DNA Pro drive mode selector with Race mode, Quadrifoglio-tuned adaptive suspension, "the most direct steering available" (according to Alfa Romeo), and all-aluminum paddle shifters. The SUV also packs an ultra-high-performance Brembo carbon-ceramic material (CCM) brake system.

You'll recognize the Stelvio Quadrifoglio thanks to a more aggressive body kit featuring sharper bumpers, a rear spoiler, side sill inserts, 20-inch aluminum wheels, red brake calipers, and the hand-painted Quadrifoglio (four-leaf clover) badge on the front fenders.

Inside, the souped-up Stelvio features bolstered Alcantara leather seating surfaces with 14-way power front seats, a leather-wrapped dashboard, Quadrifoglio instrument cluster with 200-mph speedometer, carbon fiber trim, and accent stitching on the doors, among other things.

Read our first track driving impressions of the other Quadrifoglio-badged Alfa, the Giulia.

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