Alfa MiTo Wigs Out

Justin Berkowitz
by Justin Berkowitz
alfa mito wigs out

Alfa's recently debuted [and far less cute than the] MINI-fighter– the MiTo— will soon get some drop-top glamor, according to promiscuous British car magazine AutoExpress. The cabrio is likely to debut in 2009. It's meant to offer "class leading" handling. For the sake of weight and price, the top will be soft. AutoExpress also reports that Alfa is angling to give the MiTo much, much better reliability than current and former Alfa nightmares– lest they continue to scare-off all remaining customers. While AE's chop looks good, Alfa, Fiat, and forgotten-sibling Lancia all need a rear wheel-drive (RWD) sports car or roadster. While Lancia recently declared that their two-seat Fulvia concept car was headed to production, there are two absolutely critical vehicles to affordable Italian brands: fantastic city cars and RWD roadsters. But as fuel economy and packaging are concerns for everyone, including the Europeans, front wheel drive just makes more sense. Not to mention the cost of developing an all new RWD platform. But really, do you want to live in a world where the Miata has no true Italian or British competitors? In any case, if Alfa's long prophesied return to the U.S. is for real, the MiTo and MiTo cabrio will most likely be part of the entourage.

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  • Paul Niedermeyer Paul Niedermeyer on Jun 09, 2008

    Take a good look at that front overhang: WAY too long. It's got a protruding chin only Mrs. Leno could love.

  • Willbodine Willbodine on Jun 09, 2008

    I'm guessing Milano Torino?

  • Hwyhobo Hwyhobo on Jun 09, 2008

    Now, that is very pretty. Very cat-like.

  • Chuckgoolsbee Chuckgoolsbee on Jun 09, 2008
    Qwerty: Roadsters should be low slung and sexy. That thing is fat. It’s reminiscent of a VW Beetle convertible. Thank the safety nazis for that. All roadsters nowadays are fat and look like Beetles. I love the Alfa Spider, and would buy one in a heartbeat if I could. But this MiTo is is not exactly living up to the Alfa lineage. --chuck