Tradition may hold that a four-leaf clover is a sign of good luck, but if it’s found on an Alfa Romeo, it’s usually sign of great power. Such is the case with the new Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde, which will debut at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show.
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Although the Quadrifoglio Verde may not be as wild as the MiTo GTA concept shown at the 2009 Geneva motor show, it is the hottest version of Alfa’s small hatchback to reach production. A 170-hp version of Fiat’s new 1.4-liter MultiAir I-4 is squeezed between the front fenders, which helps propel the little three-door from 0-62 mph in just over7 seconds. The Quadrifolgio also uses Fiat’s new six-speed dual-clutch gearbox as well asa dynamic suspension system, which allows drivers to choose the firmness of the electronic dampers.
<;P class=MsoNormal target="_blank">These changes are hardly noticeable to bystanders, however, so Alfa sets the MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde apart from its siblings with a unique bumper fascia, side skirts, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.
<;P class=MsoNormal target="_blank">Though European consumers will be able to buy the car early next year, we’ve heard Fiat is still mulling over the decision to bring the MiTo range – including this model -- to North America.