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The funky Alfa MiTo's a winner

By Bruce Fraser | Jul 15, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

IF THERE'S one thing about Italians it's that they definitely have style.

IF THERE'S one thing about Italians it's that they definitely have style.

When it comes to fashion, just think about the fine designs of Giorgio Armani or Miuccia Prada; with soccer you have the silky skills of Francesco Totti. In motoring you have the finest brands around ... Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati.

Not out of place among this illustrious lot is the niche brand Alfa Romeo.

It's been a tough few months for most in the motor industry and no one knows this better than the people at Alfa. But they were nevertheless in an upbeat mood at the launch last week of their new MiTo. And why not?

A funky image, awesome engine, competitive price and all the latest in on-board technology add up to one thing ... a winner!

Let's start with the exterior.

Alfa have stolen the best features from an earlier creation, their 8C Competizione - frameless windows and LED taillights.

But for me the rear steals the show. Twin pipes poking from beneath a wide butt, with a low suspension thrown in, gives the MiTo an all-out sports look.

But there's not much point in having the look if you can't back it up with what's under the bonnet. And the MiTo comes to the party.

Only one engine is available: a 1,4-litre 16v turbopetrol.

Linked to a six-speed gearbox, the tiny engine has the oomph of much larger one and is deceptively fast.

From 0-100kmh takes just 8 seconds and a top speed of 215kmh will be enough to get you locked-up for the night!

There's not exactly an abundance of interior space but the MiTo makes up for that with a nicely laid out and practical instrumentation panel set in a carbon-fibre dashboard.

Fuel consumption - a claimed 6,5 litres per 100km - will have it sitting up there with the best around. We will let you know how accurate this is when we have one on test.

The MiTo will be available in nine colours, but what grabbed my attention was a lovely bright yellow, black and white.

A common gripe with Alfa from days gone by was the unavailability of parts. This should be a thing of the past after the group recently bought a new warehouse with extra capacity for spares.

In the event of parts not being available within two days, the company undertakes to supply the customer with a loan car.

A lot is riding on the success of the MiTo for Alfa Romeo South Africa, and I wouldn't bet against this being the vehicle to turn around the fortunes of a legend in the motoring world.


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