Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - ON THE ROAD -

The hot ver­sion of Alfa Romeo’s new Stelvio SUV will go on sale in the UK next sum­mer.

The Stelvio Quadri­foglio is pow­ered by the same Fer­rari-made 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine used in the com­pany’s ex­cel­lent Giulia sa­loon. As in that car it pro­duces 510bhp – enough for a 0-62mph time of 3.8sec and a top speed of 176mph. It’s per­for­mance that’s pretty ir­rel­e­vant in a sa­loon car, but com­pletely point­less in an SUV.

As if to il­lus­trate this, Alfa sent one to the Nur­bur­gring race track to clock a new lap record for its class around the cir­cuit. But I won­der if it can tow a horse­box? The price for the Stelvio Quadri­foglio will be an­nounced nearer the on-sale date.

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