Alfa-Romeo MiTo

Alfa-Romeo MiTo

  The Alfa-Romeo MiTo is a new model from the Italian automaker, the design of the compact city car was created at the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo and is heavily influenced by the Alfa Romeo 8C. The car's name is a nod at the automaker's heritage combining the names of both Milan and Turin. The MiTo is certainly a city car measuring 4.06 meters long, 1.44 meters high and 1.72 meters wide making it the perfect vehicle to cope with congested urban environments in a stylish fun to drive manner. The MiTo is powered by a variety of four cylinder gas and diesel burning engines, the top of the line unit being the 1.4 Turbo Multiair that makes 165 HP and 184 lb-ft of torque. Alfa Romo has also come out with factory tuned GTA and Quadrifoglio editions as well.

We that Alfa Romeo is working on a high-performance GTA version of its little MiTo . We still expect the car to hit the streets by this summer, but yet we still haven’t been given a preview. So in the last show before the Europens get their fair-weather driving gloves out, Alfa Romeo will unveil the GTA this March at the Geneva Motor Show.

For the GTA version Alfa will take the base MiTo , add a 240bhp 1.8-liter turbocharged engine, suspension bits from the Fiat Punto Abarth , and flared wheel arches.

The car will keep will keep the same electronic Q2 technology used in the standard MiTo, which mimics a mechanical limited-slip differential. But it will trade out many materials for lighter carbon fiber and aluminum pieces.

The MiTo GTA is expected to have 33 hp more than the its close competitor, theMini John Cooper Works and cost a few thousand less. All this may sound good, but there still is the problem that Alfa doesn’t sell to the U.S. Then again, who knows what might show up wearing a Dodge badge these days...

Source: AutoCar

Alfa Romeo really likes its fan club. RIAR (Registro Italiano Alfa Romeo) is celebrating its 46th anniversary, and Alfa has created a special edition MiTo to celebrate this. It will be limited to only 46 units, surprise.

This special edition features 15 more hp, which means the 1.4-liter turbo diesel engne now develops 170 hp. The car will also feature the production number and RIAR member’s name engraved on a silver plate on the shift tunnel.

Alfa Romeo MiTo: RIAR special Happy Birthday edition

You can have the car in any color as long as its black (two shades: Black Cattivo or Black Etna). To go with the black paint, the little hatchback gets matching headlight and rear-light rims as well as a rear roof spoler. This MiTo gets 17" dark forged rims, identical to those sported by the 8C Competizione . There is even a black (or red) leather interior. If equipted correctly, the only spot of color on the car can be the red brake calipers.

The price is €20,000. This translates to about $26,000 at current rates, but that doesn’t matter much. Not only does Alfa not import the MiTo to the U.S., but this special edition is for RIAR members only.

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One thing that used to make us okay with the idea of have no small Alfa Romeos on these shores was the fact that its economy cars usually came underpowered. Tuner Marangoni seems to have deiced to want to get us full-on jealous with its take on the Alfa Romeo MiTo . The tuner took the 155 hp 1.4-liter engine and modified the turbo to now give 220 hp. Now the car is expected to be able to run with the other Euro-only pocket rockets like the Ford Focus ST .

Marangoni M430 based on the Alfa Romeo MiTo

The rest of the modifications are more in the eye of the beholder. It has scissor-style doors, extra air inlets along the body, a rear end diffuser and four exhaust pipes. We don’t even have to talked about price because Alfa hasn’t even hinted lately about bringing the MiTo to the U.S.

Source: worldcarfans

The winner for the 2009 European Car of the Year will not be announced until three weeks from now, but Fiat insiders announced that the Alfa Romeo MiTo has been voted European Car of the Year 2009 by a panel of sector journalists.

The Fiat group also took silver with the Lancia Delta . And proving that the Italians are not the only ones with soul, the Ford Fiesta is taking home third place.

A statement from the Fiat group said that the MiTo was the first time that Alfa Romeo has produced a subcompact sports car and that this project was ’’aimed at recruiting a new generation of Alfa-lovers’’. Now all they need to do is bring the MiTo across the Atlantic so that there can be a new generation of American Alfa-lovers.

Source: ItalyMag
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Although the Alfa Romeo MiTo was recently launched, this didn’t stop Eibach, the German Sports Springs manufacturer to be the first who customizes the little Italian car. With their new Pro-Kit performance springs the Alfa MiTo gets a sportier look but also a lower centre of gravity improving in this way the stability of the car. Eibach offers also the Pro-Spacer aluminium wheel spacers and the Pro-Street-S stainless coil-over suspension system which gives the possibility to the driver to lower the car with up to 70 millimeters.

Alfa Romeo confirmed it will unveil a hotted-up version of its new Mito supermini in summer 2009. TheGTA version will be powered by a 1750cc, turbocharged engine that will deliver 230bhp.

It will include direct injection, variable valve timing and Alfa says it is set to be the most powerful car in the sector.

The 1750cc engine was used for the first time in the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Giuliettas of the 1960s and was a real success.

Source: Channel4

Alfa Romeo today officially unveiled the 2009 MiTo . The car will be launched in all major markets in July.

The engines available at launch will be the 155 bhp 1.4 Turbopetrol, 120 bhp 1.6 JTDM and an aspirated 1.4 engine of limited power (78 bhp) for those who have recently passed their tests. Each with different qualities, all utilised to the full due to pairing with 6 speed manual gearboxes that are individually remarkable for their generosity and lively temperament and also for their high performance and sophisticated technology.

In particular, the 120 bhp 1.6 JTDM is the best engine in its category in terms of specific power (it can achieve a mighty torque of 320 Nm at just 1750 rpm), while also boasting 80% lower particulate emissions and 20% lower CO2 emissions than previous generation power units. In the same way, the top of the range car in terms of power – the 155 bhp 1.4 turbopetrol – offers extraordinary performance for this capacity (top speed of 215 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.0 seconds) with a 30% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to cars of the previous generation.

Full details are available here .

Alfa Romeo will unveil a cabriolet version of their new MiTo next year at the Geneva Motor Show with sales to begin in late 2009. The MiTo Cabriolet will compete with the MINI Convertible, Audi A3 Cabriolet and forthcoming soft-top Volkswagen Golf.

Based on the Fiat Grande Punto’s platform, the MiTo Convertible will have a length of around 4 meters, and will be offered with a manual folding soft-top.

The MiTo Convertible will be powered by a range of 4 engines, all Turbo (petrol and diesel), that currently range from 90 hp up to 155 hp.

The MiTo convertible will be priced at about £14,000, with the coupe costing somewhere around £12,000.

Source: AutoExpress
Alfa MiTo Convertible coming in 2010

The MiTo will be first delivered as a three-door hatchback, but a convertible version is also under consideration. Inspired by the 8C Competizione, the MiTo take its roots from the Alfa Romeo’s history.

Based on the Fiat Grande Punto’s platform, the MiTo Convertible will have a length of around 4 meters, and will be offered with a manual folding soft-top.

At the Coupe version, the MiTo Convertible will be powered by a range of 4 engines, all Turbo (petrol and diesel), that currently range from 90 hp up to 155 hp.

Source: Corriere

Here’s a new rendering (most credible of all) of the future Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA. The GTA features a more dynamic design inspired by the 8C Competizione.

The MiTo GTA will be powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine delivering around 230 hp. The sporty design is completed by 20" wheels, and roof, the spoiler and the front bumper made out of carbon.

Source: Progetto955

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