Among the many hypercars that will be on the roads from Greece to Spain in this year's Gumball 3000, there will also be a vibrant Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio that will be hard to miss. The custom wrap over the body will feature a grid of the brand's logo, in addition to lime green flourishes in the shape of a four-leaf clover and the snake from the company's emblem.
Gallery: Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio Gumball 3000
The Alfa Romeo Design Centre came up with the eye-catching look that also includes a set of 20-inch wheels in the same bright green that appears on the body stripe and other parts of the exterior.
There are no alterations to the powertrain, so this Stelvio Quadrifoglio still packs a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 with 505 horsepower (377 kilowatts) and 443 pound-feet (601 Newton-meters) of torque. An eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive get the power to the road.
On June 12, the Gumball 3000 festivities reach the Balocco Proving Grounds in Vercelli, Italy, where Alfa Romeo tests its models. After doing a lap of the circuit, the vehicles head to Monaco and then to Spain.
It's a safe bet that Alfa would never offer a Stelvio Quadrifoglio that looks like this to the public. Currently, the top version available in the United States is the limited-run Nring Edition. This version wears the exclusive Circuito Gray matte-finish paint shade, and there's carbon fiber trim around the grille, mirror caps, and side sills. Red brake calipers make the exterior pop. It also comes standard with a dual-pane sunroof and 20-inch wheels. The interior has two-tone leather upholstery.
07 June 2019
Alfa Romeo at the 21st Gumball 3000
An epic journey across 11 countries on board a Stelvio Quadrifoglio with a very special livery, a one-off designed for the occasion by the Alfa Romeo Design Centre.
The on-road adventure involves over one hundred supercars, prototypes and one-offs and brings together a parade of celebrities from all over the world eager to support the event's charitable aims.
The Italian event will be on 12 June at the Balocco Proving Ground: an adrenalin-rich on-track experience during the stage from Venice to Monaco.
Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio competes in association with Carrera, historic avant-garde eyewear brand and Gumball official partner, as well as an F1 team contributor.
The Gumball 3000 is a non-competitive motoring event covering a course of 3,000 miles, or almost 5,000 kilometres, on roads open to traffic, and every edition visits locations symbiotic to the international jet set. Celebrities from all over the world regularly take part: artists, entrepreneurs, trendsetters and philanthropists, all helping to raise funds for, and boost the media profiles of, the Gumball Foundation's charitable projects. In fact, the Foundation supports youth and educational projects, sports, infrastructure and environmental programmes, all over the world. So the real winner is always charity.
This year, the Gumball rally will cross Europe starting from Mykonos today to conclude in Ibiza on 15 June, and will pass through Athens and Thessaloniki en-route for the "Porto Montenegro" yachting paradise in Tivat. The cars will then drive through Croatia, reaching Venice on 11 June. On 12 June all the crews will parade on the Balocco (Vercelli, Italy) Proving Ground, enabling Alfa Romeo to welcome the Gumball's unique mix of fantastic cars, enjoyment and celebrities to its' home. This Proving Ground is one of the Brand's most significant locations, birthplace of the Alfa Romeo racing teams' models which went on to win on the world's top circuits. The stage will then proceed to Monaco, and the next day the rally will reach Barcelona, before its conclusion in the Balearics.
However, the hot laps at the Proving Ground are not Alfa Romeo's only homage to the Gumball's twenty-year history: at the start today, all the fans were stunned by a magnificent, specially prepared Stelvio Quadrifoglio SUV, a one-off with custom paintwork created by the Alfa Romeo Design Centre.
This follows on from the special livery seen on the Fiorano circuit on 14 February, during the shakedown of the "Alfa Romeo Racing" team's C38, when Kimi Räikkönen took part in a test session at the wheel of a racer with unique San Valentino paintwork, alternating cloverleaves and hearts.
For this special Stelvio Quadrifoglio, taking part in the Gumball, the Alfa Romeo designers have chosen a theme in keeping with the brands' luxury sports image, emphasised by touches of colour and eye-catching features of the kind typical of the liveries of the luxury cars, supercars, prototypes, racing cars and one-offs that make this event so special.
In fact, the Volcano Black bodywork is ornamented with a grey cloverleaf motif that reproduces the iconic logo across the entire surface, and this underlying pattern is adorned with fluorescent green decorations portraying the most distinctive items in the Alfa Romeo iconography. These include a large snake on the side panels, Alfa Romeo lettering in the most classical font on the rear window, and the brand logo occupying the whole roof. The 20" alloy wheels are in the same colour, as is the Alfa Romeo logo that stands out on the black brake callipers, specially created for a style that is guaranteed to attract attention, aided by the burnished rear light clusters: this Alfa Romeo Stelvio will thrill spectators in eleven European countries, and not just for its performance or the unmistakable Quadrifoglio sound generated by the 2.9 V6 Bi-Turbo with its massive 510 HP.