Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Sisters, Oregon
Stelvio....30 days of ownership
All I can say after such a short time of ownership is that this has been a long time coming and well worth the wait. Like nothing I have ever driven being made by Alfa. Our last car was 15 years old so the cutting edge technology of 2003 did not prepare us for the Stelvio.
Nothing crazy as far as driving experiences. With a tick over 800 miles it has settled into replacing our BMW and doing the same job, mall touring, grocery autocross, and " grandma Uber" duties.
Driving with a friend with track experience he took it through a strenuous, albeit short, workout on some back roads with its share of twisty stuff. He came away a believer. Totally impressed with the acceleration and adhesion to the road. Even on some square turns.
Never drove an Alfa with 0-60mph in the 6 second range. The option of setting the driving mode is very noticeable. In the dynamic mode the shift points are smooth and and quick. With 8 speeds it never lacks. The normal mode is for in traffic and daily stuff while the economy mode is definitely for touring the freeways out in open country. Having owned a couple nearly new Alfa's, Alfetta GT and Milano, this Alfa was truly made for the North American market. It can compare and compete with every car in its class and then some.
Yeah I'm impressed and they seem to have done their homework and covered all the bases. Now if only my wife would let me drive it more.
1974 GTV (1969 Tribute)
1993 Spider ( project)
1964 Giulia Sprint. 1966 Giulietta 101 Sprint
1967 Super 1968 GTV 1974 Berlina
1979 Alfetta Mille Miglia 1987 Milano
1953 MGTD 1958 TR3 1962 AH 3000 MKII