Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA: Pipe Dreams

Still in concept form but now in real pictures instead of PR gloss, here's the Alfa's MiTo GTA. Those ludicrous exhaust pipes look even more enticing in the flesh!

Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA: Pipe Dreams

Please examine the first picture in detail and focus not only on the reflection of the Alfa grille in the floor mirror, which is downright lewd if you let your brain overlap it with the lady leaning on the A-pillar. Resist, if you can, and look at the car’s namesake lurking to the left in race trim: the original Alfa GTA from the 60s. Its full name is Giulia Sprint 1600 GTA and, pronounced in Italian, sounds just as gorgeous as you’d think.

Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA: Pipe Dreams

Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA: Pipe Dreams

Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA: Pipe Dreams

Our love letter to the GTA still stands. If it ever makes it out of concept and into the United States, make sure you don’t buy it in red. It’s enough of a cop magnet already.

ALFA MiTo GTA CONCEPT TO STAR AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW

A high performance concept of the new Alfa MiTo, the Alfa MiTo GTA, will be starring at this year's Geneva International Motor Show in early March.

In line with the famous GTA (Gran Turismo Alleggerito) signature, (Alleggerito means reduced weight in Italian), the MiTo GTA Concept prioritises weight reduction, and the achievement of an optimum power-to-weight ratio.

Considerable work has gone into lowering the vehicle's centre of gravity; thus certain components such as the tailgate spoiler, roof and mirror fairings are in carbon-fibre; while aluminium is used extensively in the braking system, suspension, and some parts of the chassis.

Under the bonnet, an exciting new petrol engine, very much in keeping with the pre-requisites of downsizing, environmental awareness, and the offer of high power and efficiency in return for low weight and optimised packaging, powers the new GTA Concept.

Designed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies and exploiting the vast experience gained in the production of Twin Spark and Alfa V6 road and race engines, the compact new petrol engine employs advanced technical solutions including direct injection, dual variable valve timing, state-of-the-art turbocharging and advanced electronic management systems to produce a remarkable 240bhp from just 1742cc.

Under-floor aerodynamics have been a particular concern, while the entire car has been lowered by some 20mm. Front suspension employs new geometry with aluminium leading arms, while the rear suspension has all-new bushings, and the comprehensively revised chassis boasts an ‘active' suspension system, (advanced damper control), which counteracts the transfer of load under acceleration, stiffening the rear end and maximising traction. The suspension also interacts with the braking system and steering to obtain the most efficient control of vehicle dynamics, while a ‘Sky-Hook' function ensures an excellent level of passenger comfort under conditions of everyday use.

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