Alfa Romeo to launch MiTo TwinAir at 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Article by Anita Panait, on June 29, 2012

Alfa Romeo will launch its Alfa MiTo TwinAir in the United Kingdom on 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed slated to start on June 28, 2012 and culminate on July 1, 2012. The Alfa MiTo TwinAir is powered by the 875cc TwinAir twin-cylinder turbo engine with variable intake valve technology and boasts of sub-100g/km CO2 emissions.

The launch of the Alfa MiTo TwinAir will be marked by a series of live acoustic performances from three artists on the Alfa Romeo’s exhibition stand. Indie duo Tim Burgess and Mark Collins of The Charlatans, Ocean Colour Scene’s Brit rock legend Steve Cradock and upcoming alternative indie rockers Marner Brown will entertain onlookers during the three-day festival.

Alfa Romeo is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Giulia this year. Since its inception in 1962, the Giulia’s popularity has been brought about by its powerful twin-cam engine, pristine looks as well as affordable price.

Thanks to its popularity, Giulia posted sales of around a million units in a span of 15 years until 1977. To celebrate the 50th year of the Giulia model, two cars travelled to Goodwood House, England -- a 1965 Giulia Sprint Speciale prototype designed by Bertone and the 105-series Giulia-based Alfa 1750 GT Am that competed in the European Touring Car Challenge.

Aside from those cars, Alfa Romeo will display four cars from its heritage collection: the 1932 Gran Premio Tipo B ‘P3’, 1953 Alfa 6C 3000CM, 1972 Alfa GTA 1300 Junior, and the 1993 Alfa 155 V6 TI DTM.  The cars, just like all other vehicles that drove up on the Goodwood House Hill, will be displayed in the Cathedral Paddock area.

The brand Alfa Romeo has long been synonymous with high-performing engines as well as cutting-edge engineering. It has proven this once again with the release of the Alfa Romeo MiTo 1.4 MultiAir system. This system was developed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies (FPT), who also holds the patent to it. Once officially released, two types will be fitted to the Alfa Romeo MiTo with the first one being the 135 HP 1.4 units and the second the 105 HP 1.4 version.

After that, the next to be released will be the 1.4 MultiAir Turbobenzina with 170 HP. The latter is expected to complement the petrol engine lineup of the Alfa Romeo MiTo and will also be part of the new "Quadrifoglio Verde" outfit. Looking closer at the 135 HP 1.4 Turbobenzina, it ensures that the Alfa Romeo MiTo will have the character and performance of a well-balanced and athletic car developed specifically for customer who want to experience excellent driving satisfaction while showing exceptional fuel economy.

No matter what the condition is, the torque is always optimized and this results a remarkable pick-up performance. Combined with the fact that it can deliver the needed thrust regardless of the speed, it sets new standards especially for petro-based engines. In addition, the maximum speed and 0 to 100 km/h acceleration are guaranteed to be at the top of its class.

The 1.4 MultiAir system owes its existence to the MultiAir 1.4 engine which was first seen inside an Alfa Romeo MiTo model and was capable of giving 3 different power levels which were 105 HP, 135 HP, and 170 HP. All of them were also Euro 5-ready.

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