Alfa Romeo upgrades range-topping MiTo

The Alfa MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde, previously called the Cloverleaf, will go on sale towards the end of the month with a number of upgrades over the current version.

These include a redesigned front end to make the car look as if it is ‘hugging’ the ground, more prominent air intakes designed to mimic the Alfa 8C Competizione supercar and brushed aluminium and Cloverleaf badging highlights down the flanks.

The overall impression, says Italian carmaker Alfa, is one of a more premium and sporty car and new equipment includes 18" alloy wheels, red brake callipers and a new sports rear bumper with extractor. A chrome exhaust pipe completes the exterior revamp.

Inside, the upgrade continues with new MiTo carbon fibre backed sports seats, two-tone detailing on the seats and steering wheel and extra equipment as standard.

This includes a new USB socket, Bluetooth, cruise control, rear parking sensors and sports pedals as standard.

The new Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Verde made its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and will go on sale in the UK in late July for £18,755.

Designed to showcase Alfa’s racing history, the famous Cloverleaf badge that has adorned numerous Alfa racing cars is used on the new range-topping supermini.

Under the new styling changes, performance is a key focus of the new MiTo. The 1.4-litre MultiAir petrol engine delivers 170bhp and is capable of hitting 62mph from standing in seven seconds.

Despite the impressive performance figures for the ‘warm hatch’, the new MiTo delivers 47.1mpg of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of 139g/km – making it one of the greenest performance superminis available.

The five-star safety-rated Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde will be available from all Alfa Romeo dealerships within the next month from £18,755.