A Photojournalist’s Encounter With Alfa Romeo’s Sexy Stelvio – Forbes

Posted: Tuesday, August 01, 2017

As a photojournalist, I was able to get my hands on one of the first crossover utility vehicles from Alfa Romeo to land in the United States called the Stelvio. This premium Italian-designed SUV is poised to compete against the likes of the Porsche Macan, Jaguar F-Pace and Maserati Levante, among others.

I fell in love with Alfa Romeo last year driving the Giulia sports sedan on a three-week photo shoot through France and Italy and I asked myself, “Why don’t I see these in the States?”. Happily, the Giulia arrived on U.S. shores earlier this year, and now comes the Stelvio, named for the highest mountain pass in Italy. Pricing starts at $41,995 for the base model, and $43,995 for the Stelvio Ti. The high-performance Stelvio Quadrifoglio arrives later. 

The mystique of an Italian sports car heritage is well-appreciated, but this new Alfa Romeo SUV has everybody buzzing. I wanted to photograph the Stelvio while putting it through its paces in and around remnants of California’s storied Western heritage. Within a few hours of getting the car my team and I set off for a tiny 1940s Western movie set location known as Pioneertown outside of Joshua Tree National Park and Palm Springs. I knew we would be battling 105-degree temperature, high winds and potential flash floods. With rugged dirt roads, Joshua Tree boulders and long stretches of windy tarmac, this terrain made for the ultimate proving ground and cinematic backdrops to see what this sleek Stelvio could do. See my photo gallery below.

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