Alfa Romeo MiTo

Production Cars 24 Jun 2008
Alfa Romeo MiTo

The official images and information released by Alfa Romeo for the launch of the MiTo. The compact model, designed by the Alfa Romeo Styling Center, showcases a sporty design, high weight/power ratio and electronic controls that enhance the dynamic performances.


From the official Press Release:

Design

Alfa Romeo MitoThe new model, designed by the Alfa Romeo style centre in Arese, is the first car to be built since the 8C Competizione – Alfa Romeo’s icon of style and technology, from which it borrows certain characteristic traits:

The particular shape of the side windows described by the flush windows, the three-lobed motif that distinguishes the front bumper, the shape of the headlights and the LED tail-lights.

The headlight and tail-light surrounds represent a distinctive personalised feature : A frame featuring different forms of material processing and colours to create an ultra-stylish eye-liner effect that underscores the cars style and aggression.

Available with 3 doors, the Alfa Romeo MiTo is remarkable for its compact size, which sums up the determination of a car designed to guarantee maximum driving efficiency (it is 4.06 metres long, 1.44 m high and 1.72 metres wide).

Alfa Romeo Mito & 8C CompetizioneThese measurements find stylistic expression in the highly sculpted and skilfully moulded surfaces.

In detail, the body is given extra dynamism by the horizontal furrow cut into the side above the front wheelarch.

The big wheels – five types of alloys are available, from 16" to 18" – and powerful musculature of the rear wings emphasise the model’s personality.

The strong front end is dominated by the Alfa family feeling, represented by a distinctive trefoil with the shield in the centre.

Alfa Romeo Mito & 8C Competizione Alfa Romeo Mito & 8C Competizione

Alfa Romeo MitoThe enter car appears to grow from this point to combine a slight edge of styling aggression with outstanding elegance of form.

The equally distinctive profile gives the model the appearance of an agile, solid and protective car.

This is due above all to a pronounced shelf on the side that makes the car look slender and dynamic.

Taut lines that meet at the rear and the small area of glass (compared to the large extent of metal at the side) accentuate the wedge-shaped configuration and ensure an out-and-out sporty appearance.

The rear end features a small rearscreen supported by powerful shoulders that frame the round, racing-style lights.

The bumper houses a large extractor, specific to each version, which is highly three-dimensional and located just under a lip in the bodywork that further enhances the car’s great personality.

Alfa Romeo MitoThe solutions for aerodynamic efficiency are not limited to the shape. Air wraps around the car and follows its natural course, unhindered by corners and unevenness.

All the pillar and glass surfaces and profiles together with the door mirror shape and position have been optimised by mathematical modelling and by wind tunnel tests on actual models.

The final outcome is a Cd of 0.29 that confirms the aerodynamic qualities of the Mito.

Body Colours

The Alfa Romeo style centre also developed new colours to emphasise the shape of the  car. In particular, 10 body shades are available, of which 5 metallic. Among these, 6 colours have been introduced for the first time on the Alfa Romeo MiTo.

Alfa Romeo MitoThe red shade comes in two versions: the traditional non-metallic Alfa Red and the lighter Giulietta red, a reminder of Alfa Romeo’s past.

The white has also been reformulated and is available in two versions: a warmer non-metallic and a pearlised version. Grey, the ultimate hi-tech colour, is available in a very sporty coarse-grained, micalised grey and a paler, more shiny grey.

Black comes in a conventional non-metallic version as well as a new shade, created using a micalised red undercoat that gleams through the black in the sunlight. The Blue colour palette is represented by a pale pearlised blue while a special new colour is an intense, warm, deep yellow.

These are then combined with 2 non-standard colours for the taillight and headlight frames (in addition to the specific Progression and Distinctive colours) and the frames may also be body-coloured as an option This broad and diverse range confirms the unique nature of the new model

Details and Lighting

Customers who wish to customise their car still further can order a black painted roof or, for the first time on an Alfa Romeo, choose between 14 different finishes for the headlight and tail-light frames (shiny or satinised chrome, opaque black and titanium grey, plus the 10 body shades). Similarly, the door mirror caps can also be ordered as an option in shiny or satinised chrome, opaque black and titanium grey.

Alfa Romeo Mito - headlight detail Alfa Romeo Mito - tail light detail Alfa Romeo Mito - tail light detail

The light clusters on the Alfa Romeo MiTo are also worthy of a separate mention as they are veritable gems of design and engineering.

Alfa Romeo MitoThe front headlights are available in both halogen/xenon bulbs and offer a daytime light function (Daytime Running Lights) that automatically turn on the special low energy bulbs to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The tail-light clusters, produced by Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting, are circular in shape to create a sporty impression that is also reminiscent of Alfa Romeo tradition and are re fitted with LED bulbs.

Technical Features

Tha centre of gravity is near to the roll axis for the best dynamic response.

The chassis features a low ride typical of the brand, MacPherson suspensions at the front and semi-independent suspensions with torsion beam at the rear – already used on other Fiat Group models but revised and updated to meet the handling requirements for the model.

Alfa Romeo MitoThe four generous disc brakes guarantee an excellent stopping distance: 34 metres from 100 to 0 km/h.

The Vehicle Dynamic Control system (not disengagable) manages functions such as the Hill Holder, traction control, assisted panic braking, MSR to prevent the wheels locking during over-run.

The new ‘Alfa D.N.A.’ electronic control acts on the engine, brakes, steering, suspension and gearbox, allowing three different vehicle behaviour modes based on the driving style best suited to the situation or the customer’s wishes: supersporting (Dynamic), town driving (Normal), maximum safety even in difficult grip conditions (All weather).

The Q2 Electronic system brakes the inner wheel when the car accelerates out of a bend in order to guarantee the effect of a self-locking differential. With this system, lateral acceleration rises to 1 g as opposed to the value of 0.95 g obtained without the Q2 Electronic.

The DST (Dynamic Steering Torque) system enables to apply a slight torque to the steering to suggest the correct manoeuvre to the driver, e.g. to compensate for oversteer or to make the effort at the steering wheel proportional to the steering angle, or to maintain a trajectory if the grip is different on either side.

Alfa Romeo MitoThe engines available at launch will be the 155 bhp 1.4 Turbopetrol, 120 bhp 1.6 JTDM and an aspirated 1.4 engine of limited power (78 bhp) for those who have recently passed their tests. The units are coupled with 6 speed manual gearboxes.

In particular, the 120 bhp 1.6 JTDM is the best engine in its category in terms of specific power (it can achieve a mighty torque of 320 Nm at just 1750 rpm), while also boasting 80% lower particulate emissions and 20% lower CO2 emissions than previous generation power units.

In the same way, the top of the range car in terms of power – the 155 bhp 1.4 turbopetrol – offers extraordinary performance for this capacity (top speed of 215 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.0 seconds) with a 30% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to cars of the previous generation.

Future additions: Multiair valve lift system and DDCT double clutch transmission

At a later stage, the Alfa Romeo MiTo engine range will be further extended to include higher power ratings and the introduction of other new features such as the Multiair electronically controlled valve lift system and the innovative  DDCT (double clutch) automatic transmission.

Multiair  technology is an innovative electronic intake valve control system that meters the air delivered to the chamber during each combustion cycle without having to use a conventional throttle valve, significantly cutting fuel consumption, improving engine response, and making the car more fun to drive.

The system features a small oil chamber located between the cam and the intake valve: the volume of oil in this camber can by varied by means of an on-off solenoid valve managed by an electronic control unit. In this way, the cam lift profile can be varied steplessly to match changing engine air demand.

The DDCT Dual Dry Clutch Transmission consists of two transmissions in parallel, each with its own clutch. This makes it possible to select and engage a gear while the other transmission continues to transit drive via another gear. Gear shifts are accomplished by gradually switching between the two clutches, ensuring constant torque delivery and traction.

Interior Design

Alfa Romeo Mito - InteriorThe interiors, created by the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, take driving position as their starting point and make the driver the centre of attention: excellent distance ratio between pedal, seat, steering wheel and gearlever allow a perception of full control.

The central console encloses the controls of the climate control system, radio, satellite navigation system, gear lever and Alfa D.N.A. system.

The circular analogue speedometer and rev counter on the dashboard are also linked by a high resolution reconfigurable digital display, and the lighting (red or white, according to the version) guarantees clear, easy reading of all the instrumentation, particularly at night. Hand position and grip are perfect on the three-spoke steering wheel, even when negotiating difficult manoeuvres.

Alfa Romeo Mito - InteriorThe interiors of the new model also represent a perfect balance between style and sportiness. The finishes and detailing in ‘glossy titanium’ feature a titanium chrome paint which adds greater depth and gloss to a part.

As an option, it is also possible to choose quality upholstery in Poltrona Frau® (available in Black, Red and Natural leather): the final result is a life-enhancing environment with a very hand-crafted look.

The range is made up of Progression and Distinctive specifications (Sport and Premium packs are also available).

The dashboard breaks down into two parts, a rigid case and a cover that  can be customised with different trims ensure sophisticated opulence and a very soft tactile sensation.

Alfa Romeo Mito - InteriorIn detail, the Progression specification offers a ‘Sprint’ dashboard with two interior looks: black, more classic and reassuring, and red for a more spirited look. The cover is very distinctive in both cases: it features a special stylish, classic and natural form of embossing.

The seat centre fabric is made more luxurious by the inclusion of a shiny rubberised thread that makes the entire seat look brighter.

The Distinctive specification comes with a ‘Competizione’ dashboard (whose very distinctive cover comes with a hi-tech embossing that looks like woven carbon fibre, produced using an exclusive process developed by Alfa Romeo) and three interiors with different trims and colours.

The black interior is understated and sporty, with a gleam of brightness that gives extra elegance. It is easy to identify the dual soul of the red interior: sporty due to the red component and also elegant due to the black pigment.

Lastly, in the blue interior, the blue fibres are woven with the opaque to create the type of shimmering, sporty yet elegant space we have come to expect from an Alfa Romeo.

The seats feature a juxtaposition of materials: outer skins are smooth and silky with a clean, opaque-coloured look; the central part is trimmed with the most rich materials: carbon fibre has been printed onto the microfibre to create a contrast of shiny/opaque.

In the Sport Pack, the middle features a 3D cloth that adds a dynamic slant to the leather/cloth weave mix on the seat of the 8C Competizione. The two colours used – black and bordeaux – use the interplay between glossy and opaque. At the sides, in super-matte black, upholstered inserts in a smooth fabric contrast with the opulence of the seat.

The entire effect is completed by a fabric with a deliberately material feel to give a unique wrap-around effect and offset the clean finish of the insert. The Alfa Romeo logo is repositioned on the inner part of the seat as on the 8C Competizione and embroidered with a contrasting thread.

Passive safety equipment includes 7 airbags as standard (two of which Multistage); three-point seatbelts with pretensioners and load limit limiters; S.A.H.R. (Self Aligning Head Restraint) system, an anti whiplash device built into the backrest on the front seats.

The rear seats are also provided with the backrest fixed or split 40/60 according to the version. The luggage compartment has a regular shape and offers 270 litres of capacity.

(Source: Alfa Romeo)

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