Alfa Romeo MiTo
|Assembly||Mirafiori, Turin, Italy|
|Body style||3-door hatchback|
|Platform||Fiat Small platform|
|Engine||0.9 L I2 t/c petrol (TwinAir) 1.4 L I4 petrol 1.4 L I4 t/c petrol/LPG 1.4 L I4 t/c petrol (MultiAir) 1.3 L I4 t/c diesel (JTDM) 1.6 L I4 t/c diesel (JTDM)|
|Transmission||5-speed manual 6-speed manual 6-speed automatic|
|Wheelbase||2,511 mm (98.9 in)|
|Length||4,063 mm (160.0 in)|
|Width||1,721 mm (67.8 in)|
|Height||1,446 mm (56.9 in)|
|Curb weight||1,080–1,205 kg (2,400–2,660 lb)|
|Related||Fiat Grande Punto Fiat Linea Opel Corsa D Opel Meriva B|
|Designer(s)||Juan Manuel Diaz (Centro Stile Alfa Romeo)|
The Alfa Romeo MiTo (Type 955) is a three-door luxury supermini officially introduced on June 19, 2008, at Castello Sforzesco in Milan with an international introduction at the British Motor Show in 2008. The car was available in all Alfa's major markets in stages from July The three-door hatchback is front-wheel drive and will be sold to compete with the MINI and the newer Audi A1Designed by Centro Stile Alfa Romeo, the design is believed to be inspired by the 8C Competizione.
The MiTo is built on Fiat Small platform used on Fiat Grande Punto, also employed by the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa D. Between 2008 and 2012 around 200,000 Mitos were built.
The new car was provisionally named the "Junior". In 2007, a European competition was launched in which the public had a chance to name the car. The winner from each country could win an Alfa Romeo Spider or an Alfa Romeo mountain bike. The winning name was "Furiosa", which scored well in Italy, France, UK and Germany but not in Spain.
However, on March 14, 2008, Alfa Romeo announced officially that the name would instead be "MiTo", an abbreviation of the cities Milano (Milan) and Torino (Turin), because it was designed in the former and was to be assembled in the latter; the name is also a play on the Italian word "mito", meaning "myth" or "legend".
The car has a new "Alfa DNA" system which allows the driver to choose between three different driving settings: Dynamic, Normal, and All-Weather. This system controls the behavior of the engine, brakes, steering, suspension and gearbox.The MiTo also features LED tail lights and 250-litre (8.8 cu ft) of luggage space. The MiTo also features a Q2 electronic differential on the front wheels, which is active with the DNA switch in Dynamic position, and allows for faster and tighter cornering without loss of traction.
MiTo GTA concept
The GTA (Gran Turismo Alleggerita), the sportiest version of the MiTo, was unveiled at the March 2009 Geneva Motor Show as a prototype. The concept has a 1.75 litre turbocharged engine with direct fuel injection and variable valve timing for both inlet and exhaust. The choice of engine size is significant as the 1750 DOHC inline 4-cylinder engine was the largest engine available in Alfa Romeos for many years and would therefore be appealing to Alfisti (Alfa Romeo enthusiasts). The maximum power is rated at 240 PS (177 kW; 237 hp). The MiTo GTA concept has a top speed of 250 kilometres per hour (155 mph) and acceleration from zero to 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) in 5 seconds.The weight of the GTA has been reduced by the use of carbon-fibre for the tailgate spoiler as well as the roof panel and mirror fairings.Aluminium is also used to reduce the weight. The suspension is lowered by 20 millimetres (0.8 in) over the standard car, and the car has active suspension.
MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde
The Quadrifoglio Verde (see Alfa Romeo in motorsport article for the history of this emblem) version of Mito was presented in 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The Quadrifoglio Verde (English: green four-leaf clover) has traditionally been the highest line of Alfa Romeo models. The QV version has the new 1.4 litre 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) Multiair engine and newly engineered suspension, steering and new six-speed C635 gearbox developed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT). The new multiair technology allows fuel consumption of 6 litres per 100 kilometres (47 mpg-imp; 39 mpg-US) in EU combined driving and CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.
TCT Dual Dry Clutch Transmission
A new transmission for the MiTo was unveiled at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show, the six speed TCT is produced by Fiat Powertrain Technologies in Verrone. Magneti Marelli delivers the control system which integrates BorgWarner's hydraulic actuation module into its own power and transmission control units It can handle torque inputs of up to 350 N·m (260 lb·ft)
In Geneva was also unveiled Blue&Me–TomTom, this new system integrates TomTom navigation to the Blue&Me infotelematic system.
Limited and special editions
Edizione Sprint (2009)
Limited to 250 examples, only for Belgian market. Available only with 1.3 JTDM 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) diesel engine. Bears special Sprint logo.
Maserati Version (2010)
In 2010 Alfa Romeo announced it would produce a limited 100 car series of Mitos to be distributed to Maserati dealerships in Europe. Maserati version MiTos feature same 125 kW (170 PS) engine as the Quadrifoglio Verde, and exclusive paint Blu Oceano. Aluminium kickplates and a badge on the HVAC controls on the car bear words "Alfa Romeo for Maserati". The cars are to be used as courtesy cars for Maserati service customers, very much like "for Ferrari Dealers" versions of the Fiat 500 and Abarth 500.
Quadrifoglio Verde 101 (2012)
Limited edition basen on QV model, only 101 examples to celebrate 101 anniversary of Alfa Romeo existence. Rosso Alfa paint, 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) engine, Sabelt racing seats with alcantara upholstery and backrest made of carbon. From the outside apart from paint and tinted windows car also sports new 18 inch alloy alloy wheels available, like the seats, excusively for this model. Also as standard bi-xenon lights, Brembo brakes and active suspension "Dynamic Suspension".
MiTo SBK and MiTo Superbike Special Series
In Paris Motor Show 2012 was unveiled numbered limited edition (200 Units) MiTo SBK based on the 1.4 L 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) QV MiTo and the MiTo Superbike Special Series available with all the engines in the range - except for the 1.4 70 PS and 1.4 170 PS petrol engine. This version includes 16 inch titanium alloy wheels, chrome-plated spoiler and exhaust, mirror fairings in the shade of titanium, sporty rear bumper, black fog light frame and "SBK" logo on the rear of the car.
At launch the MiTo will feature low-displacement turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. Also, a power limited 79 PS (58 kW; 78 hp) naturally aspirated engine variant is produced to meet the new Italian legislation for young people. MiTo got new electro-hydraulic valve control system Multiair engines from September 2009. MultiAir engines will increase power (up to 10%) and torque (up to 15%), as well as a considerable reduction in consumption levels (up to 10%) and CO2 emissions (up to 10%), of particulates (up to 40%) and NOx (up to 60%). This new engine is available with 105 PS (77 kW; 104 bhp),135 PS (99 kW; 133 bhp) and 170 PS (125 kW; 168 bhp) power ratings. All multiair versions have start-stop system as standard. In October 2009 was unveiled a dual fuel MiTo version, this version can run with LPG (Liquefied petroleum gas) or petrol, with this engine MiTo has range of 1,200 kilometres (750 mi). The LPG version is made in collaboration with Landi Renzo. In Summer 2010 came available Dual Dry Clutch Transmission called Alfa TCT. From model year 2011 the start-stop system came as standard to all versions. In the Frankurt Motor Show 2011 was introduced two new engines for MiTo the 0.9 L TwinAir straight-2 and new low emission 85 PS (63 kW) version of 1.3 JTD diesel engine.