How Well Did an Alfa Romeo MiTo QV Handle The Mille Miglia?
Photography by Federico Bajetti
This year, Petrolicious was in the Mille Miglia with two cars: the 1100 Zagato and a 2015 Alfa Romeo MiTo QV, effectively dubbed the “Petromobile”. While the first is an historic racecar, the latter is a quick and fast Italian hot hatch, with a 1.4-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Oh yes, Petrolicious and #drivetastefully stickers adorn the bodywork. I just love it!
We were lucky to have Alfa Romeo on our side by lending us this little red thing to follow the race just a week or so ago: I made a few calls and was able to take delivery of it in Milan.
I must confess that we were skeptical about our success in keeping up with cars that usually have 300+ horsepower and are extremely light—with a car with just 170 hp. But our skepticism vanished as soon as we allowed her to stretch its legs: when the turbo boost comes in at about 2,000 rpm, this thing just flies.
It’s a fun car to drive and it proved to be the perfect choice to follow the Mille Miglia. It doesn’t break a sweat. It can both accelerate quickly, and be the perfect highway machine. The gearbox is slower compared to other cars I’ve driven recently, but not too bad. The infotainment is not that good—but who has time for infotainment when you are following this race? This might be a problem in everyday use, though.
The interior offers really nice race-inspired elements like the carbon fiber and Alcantara Sabelt seats and a beautiful steering wheel. It also makes the right noises to entertain the race crowd: the turbine whirrs with anger and the exhaust makes a delightful sound.
It’s a car that looks so fun to drive that one can easily impress even the most jaded: the owner of a beautiful two tone 1900 SS Zagato wanted one! If you were at the race this year, did you catch a glimpse of the “Petromobile”?