To mark the arrival of a limited edition MiTo - branded the Quadrifoglio Verde SBK - Alfa Romeo co-ordinated a thrilling, world-first driving dare involving precision driver Paul Swift and British Superbike rider Chris "The Stalker" Walker.
Four wheels met two at Silverstone circuit in a challenging manoeuvre with Chris on a Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja British Superbike "undertaking" Paul in the Alfa MiTo SBK with the car up on two wheels. As Paul took the Alfa MiTo SBK around the sweeping Brooklands corner, Chris 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 Alfa MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde SBK Limited Edition combines Alfa's passion for style and elegance with the excitement and competitive edge of the FIM Superbike World Championship - for which Alfa Romeo is sponsor and safety car provider - to create a unique edition.
Powered by the 1.4 Turbo MultiAir Quadrifoglio Verde engine, the head-turning MiTo SBK Limited Edition features SBK decals, racing body kit (including side skirts and rear lower spoiler), 18-inch alloy wheels and red Brembo brake callipers.
The motorsport inspired theme continues inside the cabin, with red stitched Sabelt Alcantara sports seats with carbon-fibre backs, sports pedals and red-stitched leather steering wheel and gearstick. An individually numbered SBK Limited Edition badge guarantees exclusivity and sits below the black carbon fibre-look dash.
Will the MiTo SBK be available in South Africa? Highly unlikely, seeing that just 28 units have been set aside for the UK market. But, we live in hope...
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