Thursday, September 10, 2009

Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde To Debut With MultiAir Engine At Frankfurt


THE FOUR-LEAF CLOVER is set to make a return to the Alfa brand, this time on the side of a special version of the Alfa Romeo MiTo.

Dubbed the MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde, the special edition MiTo is powered by Alfa’s newest MultiAir engine, a 1.4 litre four-cylinder petrol engine developing 127kW.

By comparison, the MiTo Sport develops 114kW, while the regular MiTo produces a more sedate 88kW. The MiTo GTA, for which production has yet to be confirmed, tops the range with a 1.8 litre turbocharged engine developing 180kW.


Fiat launched its new MultiAir petrol engine technology earlier this year, which it claims can slash fuel consumption by up to 25 percent, reduce CO2 emissions by 10 percent and improve both power and torque output.

By using an electro-hydraulic tappet between the camshaft and the intake valves, the MultiAir system can vary valve lift profiles on-the-fly with precision and greater versatility that other variable cam systems.

The MultiAir engine is paired with the new-generation C635 six-speed manual transmission, developed by FPT in Italy and featuring what Alfa promises to be clean, swift changes with short shifts and vibration- and noise-free operation.


To set it apart from its more pedestrian siblings, the clover-emblazoned Mito Quadrifoglio Verde wears 17-inch alloy wheels on low-profile tyres, and features mirror housings finished in a dark satin silver.

A Magneti Marelli-tuned suspension is at work behind each wheel, which Alfa says provides “exceptional driveability and unparalleled safety”.

Three suspension modes are offered: “Normal”, combining agility with a higher level of comfort, “All Weather” for enhanced response from the Vehicle Dynamic Control stability system, and “Dynamic”, transforming the Quadrifoglio Verde into a sportier, more performance-oriented drive.

No official images have been released of the interior, but Alfa says a largely black trim scheme offset by white instruments features in the cabin.

No word has been given on production, numbers or distribution for the Quadrifoglio Verde, but more information is expected when the car appears at Frankfurt.