We’ve already told you about the summer arrival in the UK of the new high-performance Alfa Romeo MiTo and Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde models, both of which made their world debut at the Geneva Motor Show back in March. Having told you about the Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde, it would be rude not to tell you about the MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde – and so, being the well-mannered bloggers that we are, here goes!
The new Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde is a little smaller than its Giulietta stablemate, but has undergone the same sort of transformation to a car with “enhanced Italian style and higher levels of performance, efficiency, specification and, of course, driving satisfaction.”
From the outside the new Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde is identifiable by a number of specifications at a glance prior to further investigation; a burnished finish on the headlight surrounds, front grille, door mirrors, door handles, tail-light surrounds and rear spoiler; a sports rear bumper; twin chrome exhaust pipes; 18-inch alloy wheels; red Brembo® brake callipers and, of course, the unmistakable Quadrifoglio Verde emblem that sits proudly, as it does on the Giulietta version, on the front wings.
The interior isn’t just a stylish reflection of the Alfa Romeo ideology; it also “reflects the dynamic spirit of the Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde” with such changes as the new flat-bottomed sports steering wheel, trimmed in leather with contrasting white stitching. Topping up that sporting feeling the car also has paddle-shifters for the ALFA TCT transmission, new instruments with an integrated Quadrifoglio Verde logo, a handbrake lever and the gear lever dressed seductively in black leather with white stitching, a Competizione 'carbon look’ dashboard, special floor mats and an aluminium kick plate.
You would expect sports seats - and the MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde doesn’t let you down there – preferably height adjustable on the driver’s side and with lumbar adjustment for both front occupants, trimmed in specific Quadrifoglio Verde fabric and finished with white-and-green stitching. Tick that box!
(You’ll also find lightweight Sabelt seats with a prominent Alfa Romeo logo in the central part of the Alcantara® material and wraparound carbon fibre backrests made from the innovative RTM (Resin Transfer Moulding) technology as an available option.)
But it’s not all about looks – although that helps, obviously! All Alfa Romeo cars have that heartbeat under the bonnet with the pulse of the powerplant being felt by the driver on every journey. In this case, the pulse of the new Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde is provided by the advanced 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo Petrol engine with a maximum power output of 170hp at 5,500 rpm and maximum torque of 184lb/ft / 250Nm at 2,500 rpm (in Dynamic mode). Like the Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde both the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced thanks to a combination of the MultiAir electro-hydraulic valve management and Alfa Romeo’s six-speed ALFA TCT twin dry clutch transmission, to 52.3mpg (combined cycle) and 124g/km, respectively.
You won’t be surprised that Alfa Romeo are delighted to announce that that, despite the improvements in efficiency, performance is not compromised with the fact, the benchmark 0-62mph sprint achieved 0.2 seconds quicker than before, in just 7.3 seconds, with a top speed of 136mph.
No surprises here either, with an exceptional level of specification available in the MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde, including Alfa Romeo’s Uconnect™ five-inch touchscreen multimedia system as standard (including Bluetooth connectivity, Text Reader, Audio Streaming, Voice Controls, MP3, USB, Aux-In, DAB digital radio and TomTom satellite navigation.)
The Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde makes it to the UK in July at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, “bringing new levels of the style, performance, driving pleasure and technical excellence to their respective segments and ensuring that the legendary Quadrifoglio Verde emblem retains its importance and mystique long into the future.”