Alfa Mito, It is stylish and tops

 

ITALY. What springs to mind when that country’s name is mentioned? Style!

You can add elegance, magnifico. . . and you get Alfa Romeo!

The automaker has introduced two new delectable models, MiTo and Giulietta, which are now available in South Africa. Through these two sexy babes, Alfa Romeo also introduces its new twin-clutch-transmission technology (TCT).

Developed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies, the implementation of the six-speed TCT system in the MiTo and Giulietta is seen as a move towards lower CO2 emissions and improved fuel consumption, while harnessing the dynamic attributes associated with this system.

In both applications (MiTo and Giulietta), the new TCT system is complemented by MultiAir and stop/start technology. This helps the 125 Kw 1.4 Giulietta achieve an emissions figure of 121 g/km (13 g/km lower than the manual) with an all-important claimed 5.2-litre/100 km fuel-consumption figure. The 100 kW MiTo TCT consumes a claimed 5.5 litres/100 km and emits 126 g/km (3 g/km less than the manual).

Fiat claims that the lightweight, dry-clutch TCT box improves the all-round dynamics of the cars. Zero to 100 km/h sprint times stand at 7.7 and 8.2 seconds for the Giulietta and MiTo respectively.

The driver can choose between fully automatic or sequential modes, with paddles located behind the steering wheel coming into play in the latter option. Thanks to the slick double clutch transmission, changes are smooth and it was great fun hanging onto gears to exploit the smooth, powerful engines.

The stop/start system means that, on an incline, there isn’t the usual crawling associated with a more conventional automatic transmission. So, when the engine is off, you need to think like a driver of a manual car in terms of applying the handbrake.

In both models, the driver can choose between normal, sport and all-weather (DNA) driving modes. In dynamic, the transmission (when left to its own devises) holds onto the gears that much longer and shifts just before the rev limiter kicks in. A healthy step on the accelerator pedal is required to get the ‘box to drop enough cogs before executing a brisk overtaking

manoeuvre.

The MiTo and Giulietta do not come cheap for cars of their size. But, as they say, style costs. The ultimate compensation is that you know that in an Alfa Romeo, you are going to turn heads! 

 

Specifications and Prices

 

Model: Alfa Romeo MiTo Distinctive TCT

Engine: 1,4-litre MultiAir

Power: 100 kW at 5 000 r/min

Torque: 230 N.m at 1 750 r/min

0-100 km/h: 8.2 seconds

Fuel consumption: 5.5 L/100 km

CO2: 126 g/km

Top speed: 207 km/h

Price: R265 000

Service plan: 6 years/90 000 km

 

Model: Alfa Romeo Giulietta Distinctive TCT

Engine: 1,4-litre MultiAir Turbo

Power: 125 kW at 5 500 r/min

Torque: 250 N.m from 2 500 r/min

0-100 km/h: 7.7 seconds

Fuel consumption: 5.2 L/100 km

CO2: 121 g/km

Top speed: 218 km/h

Price: R315 000

Service plan: 6 years/90 000 km

 

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