Custom Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio to star in Gumball 3000

Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Gumball 3000

Alfa Romeo has unveiled a custom Stelvio Quadrifoglio to celebrate the 21st year of the Gumball rally.

The Stelvio Quadrifoglio will be one of a number of Gumball 3000 cars leaving Ibiza on 15 June for a journey across 11 countries. The event will finish in the Balearics, but not before it has paid a visit to Alfa Romeo’s Balocco Proving Ground.

In Gumball terms, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio is a relatively tame affair, although the fluorescent green accents, large snake motif and green alloy wheels aren’t items you’ll find on the Stelvio options list.

The green Alfa Romeo logo on the black brake callipers have been “specially created to attract attention”, says Alfa Romeo. Well, this is the Gumball 3000.

Beneath the bonnet you’ll find the ‘standard’ Quadrifoglio 2.9-litre twin-turbocharged V6, although with 510hp on tap, the Alfa Romeo SUV should have little trouble keeping up with the other Gumballers.

Green with envy?

Gumball 3000 Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV

Alfa Romeo Stelvio prices start from £37,505, but you’ll pay at least £69,510 for the supercar-taming Quadrifoglio edition. It’s the version you need if you fancy mimicking the celebrities and shrinking violets who have signed up for this year’s Gumball 3000. We’re sure you can find somebody who will create your own ‘tasteful’ wrap.

Last month, the Stelvio became the first vehicle to set SUV production car lap records around three of the UK’s most iconic race tracks.

Professional racing driver David Brise set a trio of blistering lap times at Brands Hatch, Donington Park and Silverstone in an unmodified Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

Brise said: “Doing anything that is a first on track is exciting, but the Stelvio Quadrifoglio made it an even more enjoyable experience for me.

“The performance from this family SUV is astonishing, its handling characteristics were really confidence inspiring and totally at home on track. It gave me all the things I needed to extract the best possible lap times and establish the three records.”

In pictures: Alfa Romeo Stelvio Gumball 3000

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