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Modified MiTos from Germany

2009-06-04 07:33
Renowned as being Germany’s Ferrari tuner of note, Novitec has taken a liking to another Fiat group product, Alfa’s MiTo.

Fiddling around with Alfa-Romeo’s new hatchback in their Stetten workshop, Novitec technicians have turned out a very tidy performance and styling package for the MiTo range.

Considering the MiTo’s strikingly factory styling, Novitec has been careful not go ridiculous on the exterior embellishments.

A new front spoiler set-up, with corner spoilers framing a centrally mounted cup spoiler, is balanced with rocker panels and a rear roof spoiler offset by the diffuser embedded lower apron.

Plug and play power increases

Novitec has a range of performance rear mufflers are available, with stainless steel exhaust configurations of either single, dual or quad ends poking through under the new rear diffuser.

Beyond endowing the MiTo with an acoustically appealing exhaust note, the performance outlet system teams up with a range of plug and play modifications to raise power output for both diesel and petrol turbocharged engines.

Applying the Novitec powerjet 2 kit to a 1.4 TB realises 23kW more power and a 30Nm boost with regards to torque, resulting in a 0-100km/h sprint time of only 7.4 seconds thanks to the new 137kW power peak.

With the MiTo being a typical European hatch with a diverse engine range, Novitec was forced outside its petrol tuning comfort zone to extract some extra power from compression ignition engines too.

Employing powerrail 5 tuning modules, the 1.3 JTD is boosted from 66- to 81kW, whilst the larger 1.6 JTD sees an increase in power from 86- 104kW. Both turbodiesel engines have 50Nm more rotational force. 

Lowered ride, secure traction

To ensure a balanced dynamic upgrade, Novitec offers two enhanced suspension options for the MiTo. The first is a simple performance spring set which lowers ride height by 40mm.

Alternatively, there is a stainless steel coil-over suspension kit which features adjustable dampers, enabling ride height to be lowered by between 35- and 65mm.

A set of Novitec N8 multispoke alloy wheels rolling 215/35 R18 performance Pirelli tyres rounds off the Novitec MiTo treatment.

For a company which has a penchant for supercharging Ferrari’s, Novitec's MiTo tuning package may appear decidedly low-key, yet it’s neatly executed and blends notable increases in performance with just the requisite amount of styling individualism.


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