Alfa Mito & Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde

With a history as rich as Alfa's, the brand has a wealth of symbology to draw on. Of course the Alfa Romeo logo itself has its own clout and allure, as do nameplates like Giulietta, Giulia and Spider. But another symbol from the marque's 104-year history is the Quadrifoglio Verde.

The green clover leaf has adorned the most hardcore performance Alfas since 1923. The emblem was brought back to distinguish the top versions of the MiTo and Giulietta in 2009, both of which are now headed to the Geneva Motor Show in even more enticing form.

The new three-door MiTo QV packs a 1.4-liter turbo four driving 170 horsepower to the front wheels through Alfa's six-speed dual-clutch transmission, giving it a 0-62 time of 7.3 seconds and a 136-mph top speed. The latest five-door Giulietta QV, meanwhile, packs a 1.75-liter turbo four with 240 horsepower – the same engine and six-speed DCT as the 4C, only turned around to drive the front wheels from the front end. It's good for a 6.6-second sprint to 62 and a 150-mph top speed.

Both models come with a host of upgrades both inside and out, details of which you can read in the press release below. But one of the most enticing parts is the matte grey finish which Alfa is offering on both models, and which only makes us anticipate the marque's eventual return to the North American market that much more.
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The 'Quadrifoglio Verde' is back on Giulietta and MiTo

- The legendary 'Quadrifoglio Verde' that has identified the top performing cars by Alfa Romeo since 1923 is back on the new versions
- Giulietta celebrates its 60th anniversary with a new 'Quadrifoglio Verde'
- True expression of Alfa Romeo's DNA, this car marks the debut of the new 240 HP 1750 Turbo Petrol engine with all-aluminium direct injection
- State-of-the-art 'Alfa TCT' 6-speed twin dry clutch transmission
- It's the same engine/transmission as the Alfa Romeo 4C supercar
- Giulietta's flagship model can exceed 240 km/h and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.6 seconds
- New intake system highlighting Alfa Romeo's typical full, enveloping engine sound
- New steering wheel, new instruments with dedicated graphics and QV logo and new leather and Alcantara seats, wraparound and sporty, with built-in headrest
- New matt Magnesio Grey body colour exclusively created for the 'Launch Edition' special series produced in a limited edition of only 500 vehicles. Also available in Alfa Red and in Competizione Red (triple coat)
- The MiTo 'Quadrifoglio Verde' features a TCT 170 HP 1.4 MultiAir turbopetrol engine with 230 Nm torque at 2500 rpm
- The sporty compact reaches top speed of 219km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in only 7.3 seconds
- 124 g/km CO2 emissions and 5.4 l/100 km fuel consumption in the combined cycle
- The aggressive look of the new MiTo 'Quadrifoglio Verde' is conveyed through the rear spoiler and new burnished finish for mirror fairings, front grille, door handles, headlight frames and 17" alloy wheels with red brake calipers
- The new version also exclusively features the new matt Magnesio Grey body colour
Black leather upholstery with contrasting stitching for steering wheel, parking brake and gearbox, new instruments with QV logo, Competizione dashboard with 'carbon look' finish and new special mats
- The new 'Quadrifoglio Verde' versions will be available on the market starting in May

The new Giulietta and MiTo 'Quadrifoglio Verde' editions will make their world debut at the next Geneva Motor Show. These two recently renewed models will continue to leave a mark in their respective market segments with a perfect alchemy of essential style, compact and powerful engines, the right power to weight ratio and "pure Alfa Romeo" technological features devoted to driving pleasure.

The two new highly-performing models are in sync with the fascinating 4C. Alfa Romeo 4C is the brand's modern icon and represents the essential sportiness embedded in the 'Alfa Romeo DNA': performance and technical excellence for maximum driving pleasure combined with a breathtaking style.

At the same time, the two new vehicles are a tribute to the legendary history of the 'Quadrifoglio Verde': since 1923 this symbol has been associated with the top performing cars manufactured by Alfa Romeo. The Quadrifoglio Verde has appeared not only on many cars that have graced the world's race circuits, but also on numerous special production models too.

The first Alfa Romeo car to bear the Quadrifoglio Verde was the 'RL' driven by Ugo Sivocci that won the 14th edition of the Targa Florio in 1923. Since then, all racing Alfas have carried the emblem for good luck, ensuring its worldwide recognition. Starting in the 1960s, the symbol also began to appear on road-going Alfa Romeos.

The 'Quadrifoglio Verde' versions of MiTo and Giulietta have assumed a place in the tradition of the best Alfa Romeos, drawing on the heritage of dynamic performance, without compromising on efficiency, respect for the environment and convenience in everyday use. Alfa Romeo cars have always been dedicated to those who expect a response that goes beyond the concept of 'useful means of transport' to cross over into that of the truest 'excitement'.

The new 'Quadrifoglio Verde' versions will be available on the market starting in May 2014.