Thursday, September 18, 2014

A "warm" MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde?

Exactly how mad are we? Whilst I always seemed to hanker after more grunt, in reality my 2.0l 90kW, 180Nm '82 GTV is plenty fast enough (pretty close to 9secs 0-100kmh if you want to ruin the transmission). But these days cars are a tad heavier and apparently need to be even "hotter" than what we considered a pretty potent club race rocket back in the 1980s. I have to wonder if it's actually needed or even usable in city traffic. Or even on a circuit. But I'm an old grump.

Here's a description that underlines what I mean:

"While labelled a "hot hatch", it's more likely to fall into the "warm
hatch" brigade with a 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo engine, which develops
maximum power of 125kW at 5500rpm and peak torque of 250Nm at 2500rpm. The Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde can sprint from 0-100kmh in 7.5 seconds."

Sounds plenty "hot" enough to me. OK, it's relative to the market - but seriously, isn't there more to a a car than just overkill acceleration?

Read the review here: 

Alfa Romeo applies heat to MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde | Mackay Daily Mercury