The 90th anniversary of the 'Quadrifoglio Verde' (green four-leaf clover), the legendary symbol that has identified Alfa Romeo's sportiest models, is being celebrated this year. That refers not only to the cars which have taken to the world's race circuits, but also to certain special production versions.
The origin of this symbol has been lost in legend, but it is interesting to note its correspondence with the flag that distinguished the aeroplanes of the "10th Caproni Bomber Squadron" in the Great War. Today the Quadrifoglio is part of the Italian Air Force's coat of arms and at the same time remains the symbol of Alfa Romeo's philosophy, based on the constant pursuit of excellence applied to competitions and then completely transferred to its production vehicles.
The 'Quadrifoglio Verde' returns to the current Giulietta and MiTo models
Distinguished by the legendary emblem, the 'Quadrifoglio Verde' versions of the MiTo and Giulietta have assumed a place in the tradition of the best Alfa Romeos, drawing on the heritage of dynamic performance, without compromising on efficiency, respect for the environment and convenience in everyday use.
In particular, the exclusive 235 BHP Giulietta 1750 TBi Cloverleaf offers the most high-performance engine in the range and an authentic sports set-up which ensures segment-leading driving pleasure with surprisingly limited fuel consumption and emissions for this power rating.
Thanks to their sports and safety characteristics, the 'Quadrifoglio Verde' versions of the MiTo and Giulietta have played the role of Official Safety Car in the various seasons of the SBK Superbike World Championship. Alfa Romeo has been its Top Sponsor since 2007, sharing the same values of sportsmanship, technology and safety at the highest levels. This year the baton is taken up by the MiTo SBK Limited Edition 1.4 170 BHP QV.
Alfa Romeo MiTo SBK Limited Edition 1.4 170 BHP QV
Produced as a limited edition of 200 examples and created on the base of the 'Quadrifoglio Verde' version, the new MiTo SBK Limited Edition is distinguished by some specific elements that highlight its extreme sports appearance: from the side skirts to the rear dam, as well as the eye-catching red Brembo brake calipers behind the 18" titanium alloy wheels. The exclusive version also adopts the most powerful engine in the range, the 170 BHP 1.4 MultiAir Turbo, which powers it from 0 to 100 km/h in just over 7 seconds.
The MiTo SBK Limited Edition comes in black with an Alfa red roof. The same sporty imprint has been given to the interior, enhanced by the Sabelt seats with a wraparound carbon fibre backrest made with the innovative RTM (Resin Transfer Moulding) technology that teams great mechanical resistance with smaller dimensions and lightness. The Alfa Romeo logo stands out against the central Alcantara® fabric, reproduced in an absolutely original way. It is all embellished with new red stitching that highlights the craftsmanship of the product, found on the leather trim of the gearbox and steering wheel, the latter complete with radio controls. Lastly, the central panel of the dashboard is made truly unique by the SBK Limited Edition plate with progressive numbering from 1 to 200.
The extensive standard equipment includes: sports pedal unit, two-tone paintwork, Titanio Grey headlight and light cluster surrounds, rear parking sensors, automatic dual-zone climate control, steering wheel radio and telephone controls, Blue&MeTM Bluetooth® hands free system with voice commands and MP3 media player with USB port and AUX-in socket, specific Titanio Grey 'SBK Limited Edition' stickers and setup for a portable satellite navigation device.