A complete set, optional and at the same time sporty. Alfa Romeo recently introduced the “Extreme” special edition for the Stelvio and Giulia which is positioned between the Veloce and Quadrifoglio versions, the latter always featuring high-performance sports engines. With the “Estrema”, Arese has practically thought of a setup dedicated to that “driving connoisseur” customer looking for elegance, sportiness, technical refinement and driving dynamics. With the Extreme setting, it’s like using a Quadrifoglio every day. In fact, this special version can be combined with a 280 hp turbo gasoline or a 210 hp 2.2 hp turbo diesel, both equipped with a ZF 8-speed automatic gearbox and a Q4 four-wheel drive.
We tested the Stelvio “Estrema” 2.2 turbo diesel engine with 470 Nm of torque that guarantees outstanding performance (0-100 in 6.6 seconds and 215 km/h in the absence of limits). But apart from the engine’s performance, we appreciated the rich standard equipment with active suspension, capable of “real-time” adaptation to road conditions along with driving style, contributing to exceptional travel comfort without penalizing sporty handling and fun. Leadership. The control system “Alfa active Suspension” manages the suspension and shock absorber systems in continuous interaction with the CDC (chassis field control) and with the DNA drive selector, calibrating its intervention according to the selected mode. In the “Extreme” versions as standard, there is a self-locking differential, ideal for ensuring greater stability and control in all grip conditions and for distributing torque and traction even when out of turns and at high speeds and acceleration. Outwardly, the Xtreme is recognizable not only by the badge placed on the sides, but also by its dark color, mirror caps, carbon fiber front triplex, black brake calipers and alloy wheels (19-inch on the Giulia and 21-inch on the Stelvio). Four colors: Alpha White, Alpha Red, Metallic Blue, Misano and Nero Vulcano.
In the passenger compartment, the sporty concept is emphasized by the seats in Alcantara with contrast stitching in red which are also combined with the leather inserts for the dashboard, steering wheel and gearbox, the extensive use of carbon fiber in the central tunnel and in the small trim. Setup is completed by the Harman Kardon audio system with 14 speakers.
Less obvious, certainly not least, are the numerous driver assistance systems that have the task of making every moment on board the Stelvio Estrema distinguished by safety, for the vehicle and its passengers.
As standard, we find the Traffic Jam Assist system which in addition to active cruise control also supervises lateral driving, keeping the car in the center of the lane in heavy traffic conditions (Traffic Jam Assist) or on the highway (Highway Assist), as well as adjusting Speed according to current speed limits. On the other hand, the Lane Keeping Assist system intervenes when the vehicle is moving out of the lane without activating the direction indicator and warns the driver through visual and tactile cues. There is also Active Blind Spot Assist, which monitors rear blind spots by signaling any vehicles approaching the vehicle and applying steering-wheel correction to avoid collision. Active Cruise Control automatically adjusts the vehicle’s speed to maintain a safe distance from vehicles in front of you. In cooperation with the traffic sign recognition system, it allows you to set the selected speed in relation to the established limits, for a more comfortable ride. Finally, the Driver Attention Assistant monitors the vehicle’s movements and the duration of the trip, helping the driver manage their stress level and warn them when needed.
During our testing, we were able to verify that the 210 hp of the Stelvio Turbo diesel engine is quite enough to ensure the right combination of performance and consumption for an SUV of this “size”: on the highway at code speed, we drove more than 15 km with a liter of diesel. Even in urban use, consumption is more than acceptable.
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