Alfa Romeo is hurriedly releasing as many performance variants as it can to ride the popularity wave of the new MiTo city car. Say buongiorno to the latest 1.4-liter, turbocharged, 180-HP Alfa Romeo MiTo Veloce.
Alfa's premium city car has been doing quite well for itself and the Geneva Motor Show brought us something we've been salivating for since the car's initial debut. While the 240 HP MiTo GTA is about as perfect as we could imagine, the new MiTo Veloce will do just nicely for an interim.
The MiTo Veloce is expected to trump the base car's 1.4-liter, turbocharged, 155 horsepower by a nice shiny quarter by improving the airflow and upgrading the turbo. The same ginger motor can be found in the Fiat Grande Punto Abarth SS. Aside from the power upgrade, the MiTo Veloce will gain a lowered, sportier suspension, clampier brakes, larger alloys and a pretty agro styling kit.
According to our friends at Autoblog.it, the Alfa Romeo MiTo Veloce will make its debut at the AutoRAI 2009 that is held at the Amsterdam Exhibition Center from April 1st through the 11th. Will we ever see the MiTo in any form here in the States? That's a question I'm sure a lot of us our wondering so let's cross our fingers that we get an Italian play thing to challenge those pesky Mini drivers. Fino ad allora!