ALFA ROMEO MITO QUADRIFOGLIO VERDE SBK UNVEILED
Longest hot hatch name in the world, ever? It could be. But will it be worth your time?
What’s that? It isn’t? Oh. No, it seems the changes to the ARMQVSBK run to a new bodykit, a slathering of decals (which, from the side, put us in mind of David Starsky's Torino), a black-and-red paint job and a set of 18” alloy wheels, complete with red Brembo calipers behind. Inside, there’s a rather lovely pair of Alcantara-trimmed, carbon-backed Sabelt seats and a spot of extra kit. But engine changes are notable only by their absence, which means the SBK gets the same 170hp 1.4-litre MultiAir turbo as the standard car. That’s no bad thing, as it’s a decent little unit, but the lack of chassis alterations means you’re also stuck with the Mito’s slightly uninvolving driving experience.
So, fancy a slice of lengthily-named and bizarrely-launched Alfa hot hatchery? Well, it’ll set you back £21,595 – but only 28 SBKs will make it to the UK, so you’ll have to be quick. Especially as they’ll probably all be gone by the time you’ve told the salesman the name of the model you’re after.