Sportivo e carino MiTo completes the Alfa line-up

Published on August 21st, 2009

Italian might not have been an extracurricular language club you could have signed up for in school but I’m pretty sure you’ve guessed the first word in the heading is ‘sporty’ for Italian 101 today the rest of it reads ‘and cute’.

Yes people, the sporty and cute Alfa Romeo MiTo has finally reached our shores to allow Alfatisti access to the complete line-up from the brand courtesy of Sime Darby Auto ConneXion, that now manages the brand in the country.

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However, Auto ConneXion have only brought in one specific spec of the MiTo and praise be given generously they have decided it was to be the 1.4-litre turbocharged and intercooled model sporting [email protected] with a healthy [email protected] of twisty force. Just the digits alone in such a small and nimble platform already gets our ledgers flipping with anticipation.

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And while even the sportiest cars these days are hampered by slushboxes, the MiTo will be having none of that blasphemy and transfers powers to the front wheels via a prim and proper six-speed manual tranny. All in all the potent combo of engine, forced induction and tranny gets the car to the century dash in eight seconds flat and all the way up to 215km/h.

Inspired by the brand’s fastest production car, the Alfa 8C Competizione, the MiTo shares the same sporty aspirations and luxurious feel as its larger sibling but in a more compact package.

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Taking into account the fact that the MiTo was designed from the get-go to be a three-door compact allowed the skilled penmen at the Alfa Romeo Centro Stile the freedom to make their mark on the car to give it that undeniably exquisite silhouette that all Alfa models have cast.

A perfect example would be the manner in which the MiTo tapers behind the disguised B-pillar to give the rear that coupe-esque look.

Moving on to the head, the shield-shaped grille cuts an imposing figure that sits pretty at the point of the V-shaped hood. Add in some seriously flared wheel arches and the MiTo really exudes an aura of sophistication with a dash of sportiness. Sitting aft of the high waistline would be those nostalgic circular tail lamps.

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On the inside, sophistication blends with performance to produce a premium feel to go along with the satisfying driving experience. Wraparound seats, hooded dials and a satin-finished centre console optimise the driving experience.

Now for such a compact car to reign in all that power requires some equally sophisticated electronic nannies and Alfa Romeo’s DNA system does the job well. A switch allows the driver to select between three settings that govern the throttle response and steering setup for Dynamic, Normal and All-weather driving conditions.

As the name suggests, Dynamic mode sees a quicker throttle response and sharper handling. All-weather mode eases up the power delivery to cull loose surfaces. An electronic limited slip differential sits atop the list of driving aids that is the key to the car’s many personalities under differing driving conditions. The electronic diff is based on a Torsen mechanical diff that divides the torque between the driven front wheels.


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A major player in the handling department would be the McPherson strut setup for the driven wheels and a semi-independent torsion-beam setup for the trailing wheels

Unparalleled performance must be balanced with the proper safety equipment and the MiTo boasts a 5-star Euro NCAP safety rating with seven airbags (front, window, side and driver’s kneebag) all around. A host of other acronyms do their jobs to keep the car on the road even under the most treacherous conditions.

As is the norm for many safety standards nowadays, the hazard lights automatically light up if emergency braking is applied with LED’s emitting a brighter flair.


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Now the MiTo does command a pretty premium price tag of RM153,888 (w/o insurance, registration and road tax) but do bear in mind for such a sum you do get plenty of car in return such as cruise control, climate control, remote boot-release and steering-mounted audio controls for the six-speaker audio system apart from all the previously mentioned features.

For more information on the all-new MiTo or any of the latest Alfa models, you may give the nice people at Auto ConneXion Alfa Romeo 3S Centre a call at 03-7960 8833 or hit up the Auto ConneXion Voice Hotline at 1 800 88 3181. Alternatively you can surf them up at Auto Italia.

text: Dinesh Appavu  pix: Syawal Ahmad

Comments

  1. Posted by ZaidGSR on August 25th, 2009, 15:09

    poll dance at the launch??? hehehe…

  2. Posted by Traffic Mag on August 25th, 2009, 20:02

    Wish that you were there? Hehehe

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