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Alfa Romeo MiTO: What did the 'Quadrifoglio Verde' bring to Geneva?

Alfa Romeo MiTO: What did the 'Quadrifoglio Verde' bring to Geneva?

Among the starring vehicles at this year's Geneva Motor Show was the new Alfa Romeo MiTO. However, this wasn't just any version of the little hatchback.

Known as the Quadrifoglio Verde (or Cloverleaf when translated to English) this MiTo was a high-performance version, and the motor show offered Alfa the opportunity to give their latest creation its world debut. 

While it has already received new styling for 2014, the Quadrifoglio Verde (QV) edition has had a few little tweaks. 

This includes the addition of twin chrome exhaust tailpipes, a rear spoiler, sports rear bumper, 17" alloy wheels and Brembo brake callipers finished in red. All these create that sporty image that drivers are sure to fall in love with. 

However, it's under the bonnet where the most important changes have been made to the MiTo. 

The QV version comes with a 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo Petrol engine, capable of developing 170hp at 5,500rpm and up to 250Nm at 2,500rpm in Sport mode. 

This is twinned to a six-speed, double dry-clutch ALFA TCT transmission, fitted as standard. It allows the driver to select automatic or sequential manual shifting, using the conventional gear lever of paddle shifters located on the steering-wheel. 

These options can be selected using the Alfa D.N.A driving mode feature, which also presents the opportunity to tune throttle response, engine performance, power steering assistance and the suspension depending on which setting is chosen. 

All this means the car can complete a 0-62mph sprint in just 7.3 seconds, while keeping the foot to the floor will see it climb to a top speed of 136mph. 

However, this doesn't mean Alfa hasn't kept a close eye on the environment. The car can perform at this level while providing 52.3mpg fuel economy on a combined cycle, while emissions are 124g/km. 

Of course, the model also delivers when it comes to driver comfort and support. The MiTo QV comes with air conditioning and cruise control, in addition to the Uconnect infotainment system.

The latter feature comes with a five-inch colour touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity, allowing drivers to select music and navigation functions easily.

It was certainly a hit at Geneva. It brought that level of excitement that only Alfa can deliver and it marks a welcome addition to the MiTo range.