Alfa Romeo Australia has brought the Stelvio Ti out to play, joining the rest of the Italian marque’s SUV range following the recent 5-star nod from ANCAP. The Ti, or Touring Internazionale) will head its medium SUV assault as the sportier range-topping variant of the standard Stelvio.
Prices for the new variant will be priced from $78,900 and will come solely with a single engine option: a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol, nabbed from the Giulia Veloce sedan, and mated to an 8-speed automatic sourced from ZF. Naturally, it’s far from being as potent as the supercar-slaying Quadrifoglio Verde version, but with 206kW and 400Nm, there’s significantly more punch than the Stelvio’s petrol or diesel in standard states of tune.
The century sprint is dispatched in just 5.7 seconds thanks to the extra grip afforded by its Q4 all-wheel drive system, and to aid in the bends there is standard-fit Frequency Selective Dampers and the optional Alfa Active Suspension system. Additionally, each Stelvio Ti also comes equipped with a rear-biased limited slip centre differential, bi-xenon headlamps, dual exhaust exits, and even a carbon fibre driveshaft.
Being at the top of the heap also means that the Ti can boast of every safety and convenience feature Alfa could throw at it, which includes features such as full-speed Forward Collision Warning with Autonomous Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Blind-Spot Monitoring.
The cabin itself has leather upholstery and trim inserts and a flat-bottomed Formula One-inspired steering wheel - remember, they’re an F1 team now. Like the other variants, the Ti is fitted with a large touchscreen infotainment display that runs Alfa Romeo’s own software and not FCA’s UConnect.
That said, it still does support connectivity options to run Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in addition to having in-built satellite navigation, leaving audio to be piped through a 400W, 10-speaker stereo.
However, if one is willing to have a little fun in the selection of optional extras, you’ll find that a more powerful 900W speaker system from Harman/Kardon can be had for an additional $1,500. Speaking of which, the other selectables comprise of a Panoramic Sunroof ($2,400), Active SDC Suspension ($2,200), and a…..Vehicle Theft Alarm ($750).