Being Alfa Romeo’s inaugural SUV, the Stelvio is battling against German competitors whose names have been known for a much longer time. With a bit assist from Ferrari, the Quadrifoglio model even dares to challenge the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 in a drag race. In case you’re not aware, this is a battle between V6- and V8-powered cars, so the Quadrifoglio is really brave here.
Rather than finding the fastest racer, the reason for this drag race is to find the fastest car for school transport. These days, it’s important to get your children to school on time, which can be done much faster with a performance SUV. It seems that a standard Stelvio with 280 hp is just won’t cut it. The car sprints from zero to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds, hence it’s deemed too slow. It takes power from the twin-turbo V6 variant to get serious about this.
Under the bonnet of the Quadrifoglio lies a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo, 90-degree V6, which is basically 3/4 of a Ferrari V8. This type of engine is also suitable for entry-level supercars, especially with the aid of a hybrid system. The unit sounds strong and is capable of pumping out 510 hp.
Having the same power figure is the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63, which has a 4.0-liter V8-bit turbocharged engine. For a student transporter, it’s a very capable machine. In a drag strip, however, we’re just about to watch its full potential, especially against another vehicle of its kind ̶ the Quadrifoglio.
This drag race was arranged by Top Gear‘s crew. Honestly, we can’t really say which one is the best between the two crossovers; we just enjoy the entertainment presented by both performance vehicles. The GLC 63 S certainly wins the battle. It hits 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, reaches 100 mph in 8.6 seconds, and clears a quarter-mile in 12.07 seconds.
Despite losing, the Quadrifoglio performs quite well as it isn’t left far behind. Besides, there are factors like driver or tires that could have affected the result of this race. There’s no doubt that the GLC 63 S’engine has a lot of potential. But the Stelvio can give a lot of fun if that’s what you’re after.
Source: Top Gear