Alfa Romeo has a lot riding on the success of the Stelvio SUV. So it only makes sense that the Italian automaker create as many different variants of the Stelvio as it can. The high-performance Stelvio Quadrifoglio is expected to carry most of that responsibility. But, Alfa’s mixing it up a little bit too with the release of the Stelvio First Edition. This is a limited run version of the SUV that packs plenty of discerning features. For those willing to get a piece of it.

Off the bat, let’s establish the fact. The Stelvio First Edition is based on the standard version of the SUV. And not the Quadrifoglio. That’s an important piece of information, considering the heritage. That one of the most notable features is its Ferrari-derived 2.9-liter biturbo V-6 engine. This spits out 505 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. Instead, the Stelvio First Edition carries the smaller 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. But, that’s good for 280 horses and 295 pound-feet of twist.

Let’s set that aside now and look at the things that makes the Stelvio First Edition a true special edition variant of the Alfa SUV. For that, the focus should be on the SUV’s exterior and interior where a host of unique items are scattered throughout the two sections. Some features are of the physical nature whereas others are more of the safety and technological persuasions.

Either way, Alfa Romeo makes a good account of itself with the presentation of the Stelvio First Edition. It may not have the roughhouse power of the range-topping QV, but as far as being a special edition model is concerned, it checks off a lot of boxes.

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Alfa Romeo Stelvio in silver

Once more, expectations are in order now that it’s ben revealed that the Stelvio First Edition isn’t based on the range-topping QV trim. The obvious takeaway here is that the First Edition carries a more toned down design than the QV. It doesn’t have the front spoiler lip and the hood vents that are found on the QV. It also doesn’t have quad tailpipes at the back. In their place are dual tailpipes that are bigger in diameter than the ones found on the QV.

Other than these times, this Alfa Romeo First Edition follows the same design principles as the QV variant. While also boasting a number of unique features. Like a chrome plated window frame, Bi-Xenon headlamps, courtesy lights on the door handles. And a new set of 20-inch five-spoke alloy wheels with painted brake callipers behind them.

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On a more personal note, I have mixed emotion about the Alfa Romeo marque. For a number of years, an early model occupied my driveway. While my son got around to restoring the car to its former glory.

This is not my first foray into ehicle reviews on this blog. As the brief look at the Acura ILK special edition will demonstrate.

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