In celebration of 60 years of the Giulietta, Alfa Romeo has announced plans to introduce new high-performance Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Verde versions of the Giulietta and MiTo models to South Africa. Both cars made their world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2014.
Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Verde stylingThe Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Verde Giulietta is distinguished by its sporty exterior with a lowered sports suspension, tinted windows, the legendary Quadrifoglio Verde emblem on the front wings, and Anthracite accents on the mirror fairings, front grille, door handles and fog-light frames.
The car's aggressive look is completed by two large exhaust tailpipes and its 18-inch alloy wheels shod with red, four-piston Brembo brake callipers and large 320mm brake discs.
Changes to the interior are limited, but the model does feature leather/Alcantara sport seats, a sport steering wheel and aluminium pedals. There's also Quadrifoglio Verde sill plates, special floor mats and a Uconnect infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display.
According to Alfa, the new MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde, has had a transformation similar to its bigger stablemate that "offers enhanced Italian style with higher levels of performance, efficiency, specification and driving satisfaction".
The Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Verde MiTo further benefits from a sportier rear bumper, a dual exhaust system and 18-inch alloy wheels. The cabin is fitted with sport seats, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and a faux carbon fibre dashboard.
Drivetrain optionsUnder the bonnet of the Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Verde Giulietta is a turbocharged 1.75-litre four-cylinder engine that produces 179 kW and 340 Nm of torque. The engine is connected to a six-speed Alfa TCT twin dry dual-clutch transmission which enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.0 seconds, before reaching a top speed in excess of 240 km/h.
The MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde, on the other hand, is equipped with a 1.4-litre MultiAir Turbo engine that develops 126 kW and 250 Nm of torque. It is paired to a dual-clutch transmission which enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds before topping out at 218 km/h.
Both the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde and MiTo models are scheduled to arrive in SA later this year or early in 2015. More information on the local cars will be available closer to its launch. The MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde will make its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month.