Yesterday Alfa Romeo launched a limited edition of the MiTo, called the Quadrifoglio Verde SBK – the clue is in the last bit ‘SBK’, which reflects the brand’s multi-year collaboration with the FIM World Superbike Championship, where it has been title sponsor for the past seven years.
Powered by the 170 bhp 1.4-litre Turbo MultiAir engine, the MiTo SBK Limited Edition features SBK decals, an extended body kit including side skirts and rear lower spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels and red Brembo brake callipers. Only 28 cars are destined for UK shores.
To mark the occasion of its launch, stunt-driving supremo Paul Swift and British Superbike rider Chris ‘The Stalker’ Walker got together around Silverstone on two wheels – both of them, including the MiTo. ‘The Stalker’ used his familiar Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja British Superbike for the manoeuvre.
As Swift took the Alfa MiTo SBK around the sweeping Brooklands corner, Walker throttled in on the inside line, building up enough speed to get the bike over and, for a brief moment, go under the chassis of the Alfa MiTo SBK before speeding out the other side to safety.
First revealed at the Paris Motor Show in 2012, the limited edition Quadrifoglio Verde SBK is available in Solid Black with an Alfa Red roof.
Inside the cabin you’ll find red stitched Sabelt Alcantara sports seats with carbon fibre backs (normally a £2000 option), sports pedals and a red-stitched leather steering wheel and gearstick.
Each car proudly features an individually numbered SBK Limited Edition badge, positioned below the black carbon fibre-look dash. The Quadrifoglio Verde SBK also features dual-zone air conditioning, the Blue&Me bluetooth hands-free system, cruise control, Alfa Active Suspension and rear parking sensors.
Priced at £21,595 on the road, Alfa’s SBK Limited Edition costs £1,200 less than the standard MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde fitted with the additional equipment and is available to order now.