The new Alfa
Romeo MiTo is self-avowedly an Alfa to the core, for example
in its uncompromising sense of control and driving
satisfaction. Driving comfort and dynamic behaviour have
always been specific features of Alfa Romeo cars: on this
car, they amount to a real strength.
The innovative Alfa D.N.A.
The new model is the first Alfa Romeo car to benefit from
the Alfa D.N.A. system, an innovative device that modulates
the main driving parameters (engine response, stability
control and power steering). Until now the exclusive
preserve of racing cars or supercars, the Alfa D.N.A. system
acts on the engine, brakes, steering, suspension and
gearbox, allowing three different vehicle behaviour modes
based on the driving style best suited to the situation or
the customer’s wishes: supersporting (Dynamic), town driving
(Normal), maximum safety even in low grip conditions (All
The selector is
located in an ergonomic position – in front of the gear
lever on the tunnel - and allows one of the three modes to
be selected by simply moving the lever (the choice is
displayed by the lighting of a specific led and also by a
message on the control panel). In detail, for those who
desire a relaxed drive in total safety, in Normal mode the
individual components involved in the Alfa D.N.A. system are
as follows: engine tuned for performance, very slight
Vehicle Dynamic Control and DST (Dynamic Steering Torque)
alert to prevent oversteer.
If you prefer to
use your Alfa Romeo MiTo for more sporty applications, all
you have to do is then move the lever to Dynamic position: when
in this mode, the Alfa D.N.A. offers a unique driving
experience because the system makes the VDC and ASR less
intrusive (this means the vehicle dynamics are a little more
free of the electronic control) and simultaneously activates
the Q2 Electronic system. Still in Dynamic mode, the Alfa
D.N.A. also acts on the steering and engine to offer a truly
comprehensive and entertaining sporting experience. The
steering is less power-assisted and offers a more sporty
sensation to ensure perfect control. Last but not least, the
engine becomes even more responsive with an even prompter
response and – with 155 bhp and 120 bhp JTDM Turbopetrol
engines, it can even count on an over-boost facility.
Altogether, the Alfa Romeo MiTo with Dynamic selection is
the ideal choice for entertainment in full safety.
third mode accentuates the effect of traction control and
increases sensitivity to mu-split (this DST active
electronic steering function cuts in when driving over
surfaces with different levels of grip (in winter, for
example, it is often the case that two wheels are on ice
while the other two are on asphalt). When ‘All Weather’ is
selected on the selector, the Alfa D.N.A. system makes the
car easier to control over road surfaces with low grip (e.g.
on wet surfaces or snow), taking action to control vehicle
dynamics because the VDC cut-in threshold is lowered.
The new Alfa Romeo MiTo
One of the briefs given to the designers allocated to the
‘Alfa Romeo MiTo’ project was to create a suspension capable
of higher-category performance levels. The devices therefore
had to ensure great driving ease and precision, outstanding
road-holding and the best possible acoustic and vibrational
comfort. Hence the choice of two tried and tested layouts -
a MacPherson layout at the front and a semi-independent
layout with torsion beam at the rear. This choice was made
to guarantee ease of driving and maximum weight containment,
guaranteeing the handling goals that Alfa Romeo cars have
always strived to attain.
the following operations have been carried out to add an
exclusive touch to the Alfa Romeo MiTo suspension system.
Firstly, the ground tracks are amongst the widest within the
relevant segment (front equal to 1483 mm and rear equal to
1475 mm) to emphasise the promptness of response, stability
and control even under extreme conditions. The rim channels
are also wide in relation to the size of the tyres in order
to optimise the handing performance of the tyres, while the
stiff, low front or rear springs give the vehicle a sporting
ride and feeling in terms of appearance and function.
rear torsion beam with ‘C’ cross section also features high torsional stiffness to enable it also to act as an anti roll
bar, thus ensuring optimum roll performance and helping
maximise the promptness of response. Lastly, and certainly
the most distinctive feature of the Alfa Romeo MiTo
suspension, the front and rear shock absorbers feature a
coilover fitted inside the shock absorber that acts in
parallel with the main spring during the extension travel
with the main purpose of reducing roll.