Fifteen years ago, we had stood on top of a Welsh hill to wait to compare the two low-slung cars purely sporting ambitions.
Today, it is not Sport-utility vehicles, the property tick many boxes, only that there is a decent control. How times have changed, eh? And yet, the fact that we are here shows that change is still upon us – and for the better. We have been looking for worthy Asphalt for this test, because we know that these special animals of the high-riding automotive leisure can provide an unusual level of driving fun. The question is: what can be better?
Our theme for the Porsche Macan Turbo Performance Package – to-date class and Alfa Romeo’s new Stelvio Quadrifoglio. The same purists who were looking forward to the return of seriously potent rear-drive Alfa sedan in the form of the Giulia Quadrifoglio must admit to serious doubts about the existence of this car, but also get you that promotion, the similarities exist.
The platform called ‘Giorgio’, and is the fruit of a multi-billion-euro investment – together and was always determined to substantiate, Alfa Romeo SUV. It is crucial that the 2.9-Liter twin-turbo V6 engine, whose roots is easily traceable to Ferrari F154 V8, but also the same. Maranello influence on this unusual car did not end there, either.
You may remember Krief at Philippe. He is the ex-Ferrari engineer, led stellar chassis work on the 458 Speciale and is largely responsible for the fact that a Giulia Quadrifoglio will out-handle the BMW M3 Competition package. Krief has overlooked the transition from the four-wheel-drive and the center of gravity a little higher, as he no doubt would like the Omen but his involvement in the Alfa revival good.
You pin the price for a London pint on the Stelvio is £69,500 list price, and you could instead of the Macan on your drive. It had the Performance package that turns the wick on the 3.6-Liter twin-turbo V6, and the ground clearance 15mm drops, if you stick with the standard springs, or 10mm with the air springs on our car here today.
As the Stelvio pass, which is not a platform all its own, in connection with the first generation of the Audi Q5, with which it shares its multi-link suspension. The way in which these two have their power differs subtly, but significantly, and in spite of their similarities on the data sheet, I guess, you will win different types of people. There are many nuances here.
All, the thrust fixed on the back of my head, when I arrive in the Porsche at our meeting point in front of Crickhowell. Image editor Ben Summerell-Youde to wait for the Alfa, the, painted in a weak pearlescent shade of white that blends in with the area, such as a Burger King outlet on the set of ” La Dolce Vita. Judging by the heat shimmer above the triple-slatted bonnet vents, someone enjoyed the ride over.
It has a large presence, the Stelvio pass Quadrifoglio, at the same time curve appear and hard edges. The jutting of the wheel arch-could be extensions.to be considered crude to some costing half the price, and you will find a less of a gaping expanse of fresh air over the tire tread of Séb Ogier in a Ford Fiesta WRC car
Sitting next to the Italian enemy, the Porsche even dam yellow brake calipers, were in the 21 wheels covers the use of the optional carbon-ceramic-refer to brake disc, is classed as just a bit of the local Geology. It is nice for its type, with a gravel-cleanliness of the body and a low-squatting posture, which suggests that his treatment may be closer to what you would expect in a hot hatch than an SUV. It lacks the attitude to evoke a double take, though, and although a large part of the appeal for many, it manifests itself as a lack of characters in this instance.
What is missing in the Macan, is credibility. The first couple of hundred meters in the hot-seat, are a reminder that, whatever controversial form of his cars can sometimes take, Porsche building drivers’ machines in a train to run, almost back up to the second world war. The fact that she sits unusually high above the car’s shoulder line is misleading, because the Macan actually places the driver stretched out remarkably low, with the legs. It is, of course, is the Central tachometer, the atmosphere is all together the brand of the car, and although more and more companies than in the Alfa, it is also extremely upscale feel, with elegant Details such as cut-outs on the steering wheel spokes, the show, sinewy paddle shifters.
Alfa Designer will tell you, there is simply too much equipment in the Porsche switching, especially along the transmission tunnel. The Stelvio national Park Quadrifoglio nature, true to the driving experience of the Giulia, and it immediately feels more focused, but extravagant. Where the Porsche calmly States luxury-mediation’, the Alfa more insistently sports car’, not least with a bright red starter button mounted on a thin-rimmed steering wheel of carbon fiber, leather and Alcantara hisses ‘.
This is very Ferrari, such as the sabre-like aluminum-paddle, the zing, if you nails tickled with the finger. Substantial fillets of high-gloss-carbon-fibre – sorting German manufacturers loved at the turn of the Millennium, however, still preferred in Italy, line the dashboard and door cards. The material is everywhere on the transmission tunnel, also the home of nearly three dials and the two buttons and the shift lever.
It pared back in the Alfa, but also darker and maybe a little claustrophobic in comparison with the Macan. There is also evidence that Alfa to increase their standards of fit and finish match the best in the class. An early left-side-drive example, this could be, but the top of the dashboard do not cut right align, wherever he met any door and you knock to elicit the panels the same soothing unique frequency, as in the Porsche. Still, the Alfa is more interesting and sympathetic. The green and white stitching is particularly welcome.
Out on the street, these two chalk and cheese. Due to the fact that the maker was frightened by the recent heavy snow, the Stelvio national Park is a winter riding on Pirelli. The Porsche remains on summer-spec P zeros and thus holds a decisive advantage on a mild day like today. The Macan Turbo is a staggeringly fast, too, and not just in a straight line, where its 434bhp and 443lb ft from a low 1500 rpm, admirable short process with its two-ton mass, but through the corners almost every profile. So far, no other SUV is so tight, the experience is replicated in the drive of a focused hot hatch.
But maybe the tailgate modus operandi is the Porsche imitated too well. Its balance is admirable, but this chassis’ first instinct, when the limits of liability are violated, to control persistent. I’m sure the optional air springs are of little help in this respect, because, not to mention even though you give may be the Macan with almost supernatural body control (that intensifies the off-road ability by increasing the driving amount), it’s the softness of a conventional set-up is missing.
The result is a forward axis that is faithful and true, but brittle, if you are really in the mood. It is endless for sure, Yes, and so satisfying plot of land along a road at speed, but never does adjustable the Porsche feeling useful. Significantly, it is powered never back, and by default, a split closer to 50/50, with even moderate use of Gas.
Here, the Stelvio strikes first blood – noticeable. When we convened this morning, the yawning wheel-arch cavities had to control me afraid of loose body, but these fears were unfounded. The ride can be a little rough in the city, but with the speed of the Alfa vertical control is a lesson on how it is made. With the cab rear body behaves, in the Stelvio national Park is easy, but unusually quick steering rack (another Ferrari-ism) encourages you to drive in a wrist-Finger-style and lean heavily on the rear axle. By the way, this car you can to hunt you Gas, and immerse yourself in a quarter-turn of opposite lock, seemingly without a risk is a surprise and delight. SUVs have not done this until now, and Alfa should be applauded for the setting, the car with a useful degree of lateral tilt.
There is a slight feeling of floating and some solitude at times, though, I would be surprised if the yet to be resolved adequately by a set of Pirelli P Zeros. Simply, of the two cars here, it is the Stelvio pass, the more interactive, intuitive experience, and the chassis is good enough to communicate to the engine the effort is directed to the rear axle alone, until any slip is detected. At this point, up to half of the torque is directed to the front. Torque vectoring (something our Porsche similar features, although Optional) , m-drive via a coupling, the either side of the electronic differential is to the rear and calibrated also unremarkable.
The sheer pace of the Quadrifoglio getting used to, also. The official 0-62mph claim of 3.8 seconds is on the Porsche-4.4 sec. It is an absurd figure, and although the Alfa is slightly more focused of the two and almost 200kg lighter, your capacity for leaving you is something as fast as the Macan is almost dead on these streets, nevertheless, stunning. You need to engage Race mode to get the most out of this 503bhp twin-turbo V6. It is the throttle response, and ups, to sharpen the vocal ante-glorious levels. There is also the stability disabled control, but so benign and malleable is this chassis that you always feel in total control.
If the battle of the engine and the chassis is gained by the newcomer, it is Porsche who has delivered the better brakes and the gearbox. Both cars are available with a dual-clutch gearbox (eight speeds for the Stelvio pass, seven for the Macan), and although the process of tooth swap wheels pageantry is full of smooth which car you are, you are whipcrack fast in the Macan. , Auto brakes bite more and more clean and inspire more confidence due to their firmer action. They were only able to lean the front axle with a more committedly on the Porsche as you can in the Alfa…
This is also an unusually close competition, and the five-hour haul back to London via the Cotswolds has the Macan to work its magic, to convincing effect. Between the blistering B-road stations, where it splices apices reliable and with pleasing enthusiasm, it is comfortable, quiet, wonderfully unpretentious and just a joy. It is tempting to give him the victory here and now. And yet my mind is still on those Welsh hills in an eccentric, rip-snorting, Alfa Romeo, has a chassis that rewards like no other in this class. Keen driver with a heart on a SUV first, looking to the Stelvio pass Quadrifoglio.
How much for a used Macan?
The Macan is a tempting proposal, if your a quick, satisfying family transportation needs. To browse however, anyone tempted, the classifieds for a bargain, should be warned that Macans hold their value perfectly well. Few cars are better and our sources predict the Performance package car will be presented here, nevertheless, is a shade over £45,000, or 65% of the original value is worth after three years and 36,000 miles. Residuals are supported by a high demand for a car, the used still in its first generation, with relatively few on the market.
You will find used Porsche Macan for sale on Pistonheads
Nevertheless, you should decide to buy second-hand, it is possible to find the basic petrol and diesel Macans for less than £40,000 in the Porsche approved dealer network, though you will probably the performance tend to be stronger V6 petrol Macan S, with 335bhp and an official combined economy of 32.1 mpg. With 20,000 miles under their wheels, these models cost closer to £50,000, but they are the sweet spot of the range, in terms of value for performance. From there, the GTS closes the gap to the Turbo, both of which you can find for less than £60,000. It might be worth waiting to see what the impact will be revealed by the introduction of a revamped model due this month – on values.
1. – Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio: It is heroic, fast, and exudes a joy of life, beyond the Porsche. With this engine in mind, you will forgive quickly, and its various weaknesses
2. Porsche Macan Turbo: Crushing effect, is a more well-rounded product-and the car easier to live.
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