Ferrari engineers helped design the chassis, including handling dynamics as deduced from Ferrari's handling simulator, and the engine is a V6 version of their Califorinia T V8 engine. It is twin turbocharged with over 500 horsepower and sounds like no other V6 you've ever heard . And there are more visible Ferrari inputs like the red Start/ Stop button on the steering wheel as well as a few 'invisible' bits we will not know about . But most important is the Italian design and style that comes from being part of a bloodline that started with Alfa Romeo over 100 years ago.
To demonstrate this family relationship one only needs to see this picture of Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen riding in vintage Alfa Romeo race cars prior to the start of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza today.
On this beautiful day in Florida I stopped by the St. Petersburg Maserati/ Alfa Romeo store to get a glimpse of a gorgeous Stelvio 'Quad' in Rosso Competizione. (Competition Red for non Italians) Take a look at this beauty.
I also got the latest edition of Motor Trend magazine yesterday that ranked the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quad as the best driver's SUV when compared to the Porsche Macan Turbo, Mercedes AMG GLC 63, Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Go get a copy and read the results as they support my claim that the Stelvio Quad is like what Ferrari would build if they built an SUV. Here's what the cover of the mag looks like:
Considering all the above, Ferrari influence goes into a world class SUV and a fantastic four door sport sedan- only they are Alfa Romeos!
If you are ever near St. Petersburg, FL check out the Maserati/ Alfa dealership. They have a great selection of cars and SUV's for you.
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