Absolutely stonking. You’ve really got to test drive one of these cars. The sound from the exhausts is unbelievably, gigglingly brilliant, as the transmission spurts through the gear ratios, throwing the box down a cog, chucking unspent petrol out of the back with bangs and gurgles and woofles.
The engine in question is Ferrari’s superb bi-turbo 2.9-litre V6 with over 500PS and 600Nm of torque, By gum, it feels and sounds faster than that though, as if 500PS wasn’t enough. It shows how important engineering is in the presentation of power; speed isn’t enough – you must also have soul, character and intention and, preferably, a little bit of Italian madness. The SUV manages 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds which is more than anyone needs, but the surge in the stomach alone makes the price tag for this car worthwhile.
The chassis’s set-up in clover guise is also a major winning point – for an SUV, this car turns it beautifully, with little body roll or lag while you wait for the mass of the machinery to catch up. The steering has that lovely Alfa weightiness, matched only by BMW, which increases the trust you have in the car’s handling.