The four-leaf clover has returned to the Alfa brand, this time on the panels of a special version of the Alfa Romeo MiTo.
Dubbed the MiTo Quadrifoglio, the special edition MiTo is powered by Alfa's newest MultiAir engine, a 1.4 litre four-cylinder petrol engine developing 125kW that will pull the Quadrifoglio to 100km/h in 7.5 seconds.
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 early last year, and in the case of the Mito Quadrifoglio, the MultiAir engine lists fuel consumption figures of just 4.8 l/100km, emitting 139g/km of CO2.
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 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 into a sportier, more performance-oriented drive.
Pricing and Availability
The 2010 Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio is available now, starting at $34,990 (Manufacturer's List Price).