2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Wins Premium Panoramic Category At Eighth Annual 'Topless In Miami' Competition

•Industry accolade comes courtesy of the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA) with the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio 'Topless in Miami' debut

•Stelvio Quadrifoglio continues to highlight Alfa Romeo's performance expertise with best-in-class 505 horsepower and segment-leading V-6 torque, powering it from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 176 mph

•2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti won the 'Affordable Panoramic' category last year

June 11, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio took home the top award in the 'Premium Panoramic' category at the eighth annual 'Topless in Miami Presented by Haartz.' This competitive car event was hosted by the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA).

This is the second consecutive win for Alfa Romeo at Topless in Miami as the 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti won the 'Affordable Panoramic' category last year.

'The all-new Stelvio Quadrifoglio equipped with the dual-pane sunroof provided a truly thrilling driving experience among this year's stout lineup of vehicles vying for the top honor in the Premium Panoramic category at our Topless in Miami competition,' said Jaime Florez, SAMA president. 'SAMA judges were impressed by the vehicle's robust power and beautiful Italian styling, both inside the cabin and outside with its timeless exterior design.'

To win its category, the Stelvio Quadrifoglio beat out the following vehicles:
•BMW 430i Convertible

•Infiniti QX50

•Jaguar XF Sportbrake S AWD
•Range Rover Velar R-Dynamic SE

More than 35 journalists attended the event and drove 18 vehicles from various manufacturers. Journalists voted for their favorite vehicles after driving scenic routes in Key Biscayne, Florida.

In addition to convertibles, the competition is open to vehicles that offer occupants an 'open air' driving and riding experience via the new, popular sunroofs and moonroofs found on many cars, SUVs and crossovers on the market.

Crafted by Alfa Romeo artisans at the Cassino plant in Italy, the all-new 2018 Stelvio Quadrifoglio and award-winning Giulia Quadrifoglio are a testament to Alfa Romeo's perfect balance of engineering and emotion, creating a premium midsize SUV and sedan for driving enthusiasts.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio brings world-class performance, state-of-the-art technologies, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium midsize SUV segment. With the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, where other SUVs stop at utility, Alfa Romeo took on the challenge to create the perfect mix of high performance, capability and design. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio is the fastest SUV in the world with a Nürburgring lap time of 7:51.7 and boasts a best-in-class 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds.

About SAMA

SAMA is an organization of automotive journalists, representatives of media organizations, corporate communications specialists, marketing and advertising representatives, and auto manufacturers related to South Florida's dynamic automotive industry. Based in Miami, it was formed in March 2007 and has grown to include more than 140 members from around the South and country. For more information, visit its website www.samaonline.org.

About Alfa Romeo

Since its foundation in Milan, Italy, in 1910, Alfa Romeo has designed and crafted some of the most stylish and exclusive cars in automotive history. That tradition lives on today as Alfa Romeo continues to take a unique and innovative approach to designing automobiles.

Born from the world's greatest driving road – the Stelvio Pass – the all-new 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio sets a new benchmark in performance, style and technology in an SUV that could only be Italian. The innovative Q4 all-wheel-drive (AWD) system – standard on all Stelvio models, including the Quadrifoglio, provides additional driving confidence and superior control. The Stelvio Quadrifoglio – on sale in early 2018 – holds the Nürburgring record for the fastest production SUV with a lap time of 7 minutes and 51.7 seconds. Infused with Italian passion, craftsmanship and innovation, the all-new Alfa Romeo Stelvio conquers the winding road for which it is named.

As the first of a new generation of vehicles on the all-new Giorgio platform, the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Giulia Ti sedans deliver race-inspired performance with a class-leading 280 horsepower, advanced technologies that include the available Q4 AWD system, seductive Italian style and an exhilarating driving experience to the premium mid-size sedan segment. As the 'halo' model in the lineup, the Giulia Quadrifoglio highlights Alfa Romeo's motorsport knowhow with a best-in-class, 505-horsepower, 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that earns the title of the most powerful Alfa Romeo production car engine ever and the quickest with a class-leading 0-60 mph time of 3.8 seconds, plus it enabled a record-setting Nürburgring lap time of 7:32 – the fastest ever by a four-door production sedan.

The handcrafted 2018 Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe and Spider represent the purest form of La meccanica delle emozioni (the mechanics of emotion), with their race-inspired, mid-engine design and state-of-the-art, Formula 1-inspired carbon fiber monocoque chassis that enables an incredible power-to-weight ratio and with advanced technologies, including the all-aluminum 1750 turbocharged and intercooled engine with direct-injection and dual variable-valve timing, which enables supercar-level performance, including 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds.

By: Alfa Romeo
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