Following the release of the 2014 Alfa Romeo MiTo earlier this year, the local arm is now introducing the sporty MiTo Quadrifoglio (QV) variant.
It’s a feisty little hot hatch sitting in the market with rivals such as the MINI Cooper S, Peugeot 208 GTI and the Citroen DS3. This is the first time the QV has been offered in Australia since 2013.
Power comes from a 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo engine producing 125kW and 250Nm. Behind the angry engine is a six-speed manual transmission feeding power into a front-wheel drive system.
Drivers can select between three driving modes via the DNA toggle, including Dynamic, Natural and All-weather, with each providing respective throttle response and steering feel tweaks.
Out on the tarmac the MiTo Quadrifoglio can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 7.5 seconds, with a top speed of 219km/h. Despite the decent performance, average fuel consumption is rated at just 6.0L/100km.
The rest of car is garnished with various sports features, such as Brembo brakes taking care of deceleration, 18-inch QV alloy wheels giving it a distinguished look, and a bespoke interior providing a racy environment.
Passengers get sports seats, aluminium QV kick plates, QV mats, and a 5.0-inch Uconnect touch-screen interface with Bluetooth, MP3 and Bluetooth connectivity. For the driver there’s a special flat-bottom steering wheel and a unique instrument panel with white graphics.
The new model is now on sale. Prices start at $30,500, which is up by $500 on the last QV that was sold back in 2013.