The Alfa Romeo MiTo has a revamped image as a high-tech car while retaining its position as a sporty compact car capable of winning over customers who care for details and maximum driving comfort. And today, in line with its essence of state-of-the-art model, the Alfa Romeo MiTo introduces two new engines - the revolutionary 85 HP TwinAir Turbo and the new 85 HP 1.3 JTDm engines - which will become available a few months from now and which represent the state of the art as far as engineering in concerned in terms of technology, performance and respect for the environment.
85 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo (Euro 5)
The new Alfa Romeo MiTo is making its debut in Frankfurt. It is equipped with the 85 HP 0.9 TwinAir Turbo, an innovative engine that won the prestigious title of "International Engine of the Year 2011". The first of a new family of two-cylinder engines developed by Fiat Powertrain, this turbo engine develops 85 HP at 5,500 rpm of full power and a torque of 145 Nm at 2,000 rpm. The revolutionary engine uses MultiAir technology combined with a specific fluid dynamics optimised for maximum fuel efficiency. Excellent performance and above all great flexibility and response with all the available torque from 2,000 rpm and constant up to 3,500 rpm is achieved with the turbocharger. The Mito fitted with the TwinAir engine is able to supply between 10% and 25% more torque compared with the 105 and 78 HP petrol engines currently in the range.
The new engine, available on the Mito in the forthcoming months, is therefore distinguished by excellent performance that transforms into promptness of response, driving excitement and fun for the driver, but TwinAir technology is a true technological gem when it comes to fuel consumption. By using the Start & Stop device and the smart alternator, the Mito with TwinAir engine has the lowest value of CO2 emissions with petrol engines in its class: 98 g/km. In other words, this means a considerable reduction in fuel consumption and emissions (up to 30% less than an engine of equal performance). In fact, it is a petrol engine with fuel consumption and running costs in line with the diesel engines. An agile engine thrifty in consumption, right for driving about town, but also top performing and fun for longer trips.
These two souls of the same engine can be selected by the driver with the Alfa D.N.A. dynamics selector. With a simple move the driver can decide between a higher performing and dynamic driving style (Dynamic) and one more attentive to fuel consumption (Natural). Depending on its selection, the calibration of the engine control unit changes with a reduction of torque by 35 Nm (from 145 in Dynamic mode to 110 Nm in Natural mode).
In addition to the new features under the bonnet, the MiTo TwinAir displayed in Frankfurt offers the new exclusive metallic Nero Ametista body colour, a new design of the light alloy rims and an internal environment completely renewed: two-tone interiors produced with brand new black upholstery for the dashboard insert and cream-coloured door panels. A new high-tech fabric has been developed for the seats, consisting of a smooth, compact elastic mesh yet at the same time fine and shiny like silk, emphasised by the electro-welded graphics with two-tone black and cream double insert and the "breaked line" titanium sign teamed with the seams on the surrounds and the colour of the dashboard trims.
85 HP 1.3 JTDm (Euro5)
With a view to respect for the environment coupled with driving satisfaction, the 2011 MiTo range will offer soon the lively 1.3 JTDm, with the Start&Stop system as standard, which delivers a maximum output of 85 HP at 3500 rpm and a torque of 200 Nm at just 1500 rpm.
Equipped with a variable geometry turbocharger, a new variable displacement oil pump and alternator with "smart charge", the 1.3 JTDm produces just 90 g/km of CO2 emissions in the mixed cycle and belongs to the second generation of Multijet engines. In detail, the Multijet II engines guarantee levels of economy, ecology and performance top-in-class. Record fuel consumption: just 3.5 litres every 100 km over a combined cycle that become even 2.9 l/100 km in the extra-urban routes. What's more, it must be remembered that as on all other Alfa Romeo diesel engines, the first service is required at 35,000 km, lowering maintenance costs even further.
Compared to the first generation of Multijet engines, the fuel supply system changes with faster injectors able to execute multiple injections close in time. Specifically, the system can now perform a main modulated injection of fuel in several distinct phases and anticipate the ones that follow. The new servo valve with balanced plunger of the Multijet II system is able to manage up to 8 injections per cycle, offering greater speed, flexibility and precision in the various phases of operation. The injector is also simpler and more reliable because its construction is less complex and it has 40% less components.
Thanks to the new type of injector, now increasingly advanced strategies focused on optimizing the combustion can be achieved, such as the Rate Shaping injection that involves two consecutive injections so close together in time as to generate a continuous and modulated profile of the fuel supply into the cylinders. With this method the combustion process is improved, all to the benefit of quieter operation and particulate and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. Today the Multijet II engines totally satisfy the Euro 5 standard and at the same time mark a decisive step toward stricter regulatory levels in the future.
A new active suspension system on the exclusive "Quadrifoglio Verde"
The second car on display in Frankfurt presents the "dynamic" spirit of the Alfa Romeo MiTo to the general public. It is a model featuring the "Quadrifoglio Verde", a legendary symbol which over the years has identified some of Alfa Romeo's sportiest products. Like the rest of the 2011 range, this exclusive trim level also presents important style and product innovations, such as a new active suspension system called "Alfa Active Suspension".
The system, developed as a joint venture between Alfa Romeo and Magneti Marelli, is able to call on the extraordinary experience both companies have accrued in motorsport throughout the world. The system - through the control of the shock absorbers - reduces vehicle oscillation in all driving conditions, ensuring better safety, comfort and drivability.
In particular, thanks to the many parameters controlled by the new device, it is possible - for example - to contrast the load transfer in acceleration, by stiffening the rear and guaranteeing fast accelerations with maximum traction. Via the same principle, it is possible to make the suspensions interact with the braking system and steering to obtain a more effective control of the dynamics of the vehicle.
The system is also able to identify the driving and road surface conditions and therefore choose the most appropriate control mechanisms in addition to harnessing the reaction speed due to the high processing capability and to the special technology of the solenoid valves of the shock absorbers. The end result is an instantaneous response, with controls applied in real time, to assist the sensitivity and technique of the driver.
Besides being an important technological partner for the sportier driver, the new "active suspension system" also ensures an excellent comfort level during everyday use conditions. Thanks to the "Sky Hook" function, the device isolates the passenger compartment, making it completely protected from outside stresses and strains. Therefore, with this new system the chassis changes its performance based on the use conditions or the driver's request.
The interface between the car and driver is guaranteed by the "Alfa D.N.A." system with which in addition to the standard functions it will be possible to regulate the car's geometry according to the selected drive mode. The "Alfa D.N.A." has three operating modes which the customer can select: Dynamic (sports driving mode), Normal (driving mode for normal conditions) e All Weather (mode for driving in poor grip conditions, such as rain or snow).
In detail, with the introduction of the "active suspension", the device operates on all the elements of the vehicle dynamic control: Engine Control Unit, Instrument Panel, VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control), Steering and Suspensions (for example, in "Dynamic" mode they become stiffer, improving handling).
But the new "active suspension system" is not the only innovation of the MiTo MY 2011 "Quadrifoglio Verde". A new front surround under the badge that broadens the lower part of the front, emphasising the impression of a car with a vice-like grip on the ground, stands out on the original version. Some of the new style innovations highlighted are the new high-quality exterior "Quadrifoglio Verde" logos in micro brushed aluminium with the four-leaved clover in relief, situated above the direction indicators; the rear-view mirror casings, the headlight and taillight frames and the handles proposed with an exclusive satinised chrome material; a new sporty seat with a central part in Alcantara, soft and velvety to touch, teamed with a brand new fabric which is highly resistant to wear; aggressive and highly sporty "totally black" interiors; the details of the two-tone (green and white) artisanal seams on the seats, steering wheel, hand brake lever and knob which are the perfect expression of the trim level's spirit.
There are also a few new optionals: the 18" alloy wheels with specific treatment and the sporty Sabelt seats with a wraparound backrest in carbon fibre made using innovative RTM (Resin Transfer Moulding) technology which teams high mechanical resistance with smaller dimensions and lightness, where the central fabric in Alcantara® stands out thanks to the Alfa Romeo logo, reproduced in an absolutely original way.
The exclusive "Quadrifoglio Verde" version is fitted with the most powerful engine in the range, also awarded by an international jury as the "best new engine of the year 2010", the 170 HP 1.4 MultiAir Turbo. Alfa Romeo has chosen to equip it with some innovative solutions that accentuate the model's outstanding qualities: road grip, agility, safety assist and a driving feeling are emphasised by an engine, which has one of the world's highest specific power values and a chassis worthy of a higher category. This engine's best feature is its outstanding weight/power ratio, which has always been one of the key factors behind Alfa Romeo's success on the road and the racetrack. It is at the top of its category with 6.7 kg/HP. At 124 HP/litre, this engine is also one of the world leaders in specific power.
This is a particularly important value because it proves the effectiveness of downsizing, aimed at producing high-tech engines to get better performance allied with sharp reductions in fuel consumption and emissions. Indeed, it is this latter area which provides the most surprising evidence of the technical level achieved: 4.8 l/100 km and 139 g/km of CO2 (in the extra-urban cycle) are closer to what you would expect from an economy car than a compact sports car that goes from 0 to 100 km/h in just over 7 seconds.