Alfa Romeo has added a new limited model to its MiTo range based on the existing Quadrifoglio Verde. Named the SBK, adding those three letters to the name not only creates an incredibly long title but also brings with it a styling pack that is meant to bring to mind the World Superbike Championship.
The Alfa MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde SBK Limited Edition, to give it its full title, retains the 1.4 litre turbocharged MultiAir engine meaning there is 170bhp available to play with. That is enough for a 0-60 mph time of 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 136 mph. The official combined economy figure shows 47.1mpg, with CO2 emissions of 139g/km.
With no mechanical differences to the standard car, changes are limited to SBK decals, a racing body kit including side skirts and rear lower spoiler, 18” alloy wheels and red Brembo brake callipers.
At least there is plenty of kit included, with red stitched sports seats with carbon fibre backs, sports pedals and red-stitched leather steering wheel and gearstick making the car feel suitably sporty, even if the driving experience still feels slightly uninvolving.
The likes of dual-zone air conditioning, Bluetooth hands-free system, cruise control, rear parking sensors, along with much more, all comes as standard as expected.
Alfa Romeo is planning on bringing just 28 examples to the UK, so to draw attention to them arranged a small show at Silverstone. Stunt driving legend Paul Swift and British Superbike rider Chris Walker took to the circuit in the MiTo SBK and a Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja Superbike. A video of the ensuing action can be seen to the left.
It’s not quite the wall of death that Mazda managed, but entertaining nonetheless.
The Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde SBK Limited Edition is priced at £21,595 on the road, but all 28 will likely have gone by the time you’ve figured out how to say the name.
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