Friday, February 18, 2011

Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde at Frankfurt

Alfa will be bringing the 170bhp Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde to Frankfurt

Alfa will be bringing the 170bhp Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde to FrankfurtThe Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde – Alfa Romeo MiTo Cloverleaf in the UK – will debut at Frankfurt.Well, it’s not quite the MiTo GTA, but it’s at least getting closer.

Alfa Romeo has revealed that they’ll be bringing the MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde (MiTo four leaf clover) to the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, featuring a 170bhp Multiair engine as we reported back in June (goodness, we’re ahead of the game sometimes!).

The ‘Quadrifoglio’ bit refers back to Alfa’s racing history, and was the emblem used on those cars and was most recently seen on special editions of the Alf GT and 147.

But the biggest news, apart from the extras and the paint job, is the clever Multiair system that Alfa is busy introducing. The Multiair system cleverly reduces fuel consumption and emissions but also manages to increase torque and performance. It does this by improving combustion and engine management and achieves improvements of around 10% in economy and power and 15% on emissions. Average mpg is around 58.

In the MiTo Quadrifoglio this translates in to a 1.4 litre that delivers 170bhp and scoots to 60 mph in around 7 seconds. The Quadrifoglio gets 17″ satin titanium-finished wheels just like the Alfa 8C, upgraded chassis and the next-generation, six-speed C635 gearbox.

A great package, and the MiTo is a great car. It will also make a very refreshing alternative to the somewhat clinical MINI Copper S.


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