Alfa Romeo’s sporty supermini, the Alfa MiTo, is now available with an 85hp TwinAir engine. You might be wondering what’s so special about an 85 horsepower engine. See, in this case 85 horses is obtained from an 875cc twin-cylinder turbo engine with electro-hydraulic valve control technology.

Yes, 6 cylinders have been downsized to 4 cylinder turbos, and 4 cylinders have usually become 3 cylinder turbos, but Fiat has chopped an extra cylinder off! The 85hp TwinAir Turbo is the first of a series of two-cylinder engines developed by Fiat Powertrain.

The 875cc TwinAir Turbo engine, mated to a close ratio 6-speed gearbox, delivers a maximum of 85hp at 5,500 rpm and a torque of 145Nm from 2,000 rpm, constant up to 3,500 rpm – between 10% and 25% more torque when compared to the 105 and 78hp petrol engines in the current range.

The DNA drive mode selector (Dynamic, Natural, All-weather) reduces torque to 110Nm in Natural mode for a more fuel economical drive. Full torque is available in Dynamic mode.