Stars of the show will surely be the Nürburgring Edition Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio “NRING” and Giulia Quadrifoglio “NRING”, two limited-edition, special series created to celebrate the records scored by Alfa Romeo on the legendary German race track. Stelvio holds the record for its segment, with a lap time of 7 minutes, 51.7 seconds; it is the fastest SUV, equipped with the remarkable 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine delivering 510 HP and 600 Nm of torque, powering a top speed of 283 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds. Giulia Quadrifoglio is the record-holder for standard production four-door sedans, with a lap time of 7’32”, achieved thanks to its superlative handling, top speed of 307 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.
Just 108 of each model will be made for collectors and the most loyal Alfa Romeo customers. The new limited editions have exclusive contents, such as the numbered badge in the carbon fibre dashboard insert, and the unique Circuito Grey livery, exclusive for this limited edition.
In addition to the features of excellence that characterise all Quadrifoglio cars, standard equipment on the “NRING” special series includes carbon-ceramic brakes, Sparco racing seats with red stitching and carbon shell structure, Mopar® automatic transmission knob with carbon insert, leather and Alcantara steering wheel, also with carbon inserts. The front badge and the rearview mirror caps are made of carbon fibre, like the side skirt inserts. Not to mention tinted windows, active cruise control, the Harman Kardon premium audio package, and the AlfaTM Connect 3D Nav infotainment system with 8.8” screen, Apple CarPlayTM, Android AutoTM and DAB. Giulia premieres a new bare carbon roof. Both have mats with red logo developed by Mopar.
Stelvio and Giulia Quadrifoglio Nürburgring Edition sporting the “NRING” badge, are beyond top-range and perfectly showcase the excellence of Alfa Romeo.
The Quadrifoglio models are paragons of engineering quality and superior performance in themselves. For example, on Stelvio, for the first time, the 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo powerplant is combined with the innovative Q4 all-wheel drive system, with its guarantees of unbeatable performance, traction, driving pleasure and safety in all situations. Both cars also incorporate AlfaTM Chassis Domain Control, which coordinates all the on-board electronic systems, to deliver the best performance and the utmost driving pleasure at all times. Specifically, the system manages and simultaneously assigns specific tasks to the various active systems, such as Q4 all-wheel drive (on Stelvio Quadrifoglio), AlfaTM Active Torque Vectoring system, AlfaTM Active Suspension, ESC and AlfaTM DNA Pro selector with Race function. The Torque Vectoring technology optimises Stelvio and Giulia’s drive distribution and accentuates their sporting character. The two electronically controlled clutches in the Torque Vectoring system make it possible to control torque delivery to each wheel separately. This ensures the optimal transfer of power to the ground even when the car is pushed to its dynamic limits. So driving is safe and fun without ever running up against an invasive stability control system.
The 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, supplied as standard, is specifically calibrated to shift in just 150 milliseconds in Race mode. The transmission has a lock-up clutch to give the driver a powerful, precise feeling of in-gear acceleration. Depending on the DNA mode set, new auto ‘box optimises fluidity, comfort and ease of driving in all environments, including around town, and further improves fuel efficiency and cuts CO2 emissions.
So the excellence on offer is not just in performance: both the Alfa Romeo sports SUV and the sedan are also incredibly efficient in terms of emission and fuel efficiency, thanks also to their electronically controlled cylinder deactivation system and the sailing function, available in Advanced Efficiency driving mode. Last but not least, to maximise the driving experience, they are both equipped with paddle shifters machined from solid aluminium which are integral with the steering column.