This car was sure to be a winner on the track, but not on FCA's pocket book.
Sometimes our general dislike of crossovers may seem unfounded to those who aren’t well acquainted with the automotive world, but believe us, it’s warranted. For these people, we have the perfect example of how crossovers cut into the development of our favorite cars and it can be summed up into three words: Alfa Romeo Stelvio. As awesome a prospect that a crossover Alfa Romeo sounds, Automotive News has uncovered that the Italian automaker had to throw down the axe on an epic roadster for the crossover to see the light of day.
You see, crossovers don’t have the cool factor that SUVs have. Icons like the Land Rover Defender, Jeep Wrangler, or Toyota Land Cruiser have earned a rightful spot in our hearts for looking good and being great at off-roading. On the other hand, sports cars receive praise from us gearheads for the myriad of benefits that high horsepower and lightweight chassis bring. But crossovers? They’re they jack-of-all-trades. They do everything sufficiently but aren’t particularly good at anything. They’re the 45 year-old with a boring desk job that goes to the gym twice a week. As enthusiasts, it hurts to see Alfa Romeo do this, especially when it had to put the damper on one of the coolest models it had in the pipeline.
That would be a roadster based on the Giorgio platform, a designed-in-Modena, Italy rear-wheel drive arrangement that will be used in future FCA vehicles. The roadster was supposed to get engines from the Giulia sedan, and if that includes the Quadriofoglio’s 2.9-liter twin turbo V6 that is built by Ferrari and comes with 503 galloping ponies, then our outrage is justified. Instead, Alfa Romeo has shelved it in favor of the Stelvio. What’s more is that a proposed BMW 5 Series competitor has also been put on hold in favor of a BMW X5 competitor. We can't hate because we know Alfa Romeo needs to stay afloat for now. Let’s just hope that its money-making plan succeeds so that it can get to work on the models we really want.