Geneva Motor Show preview: Alfa MiTo GTAHotter version of Alfa's new MiTo bound for Geneva
24 February 2009
This is the Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA Concept, bound for the Geneva Motor Show next month. GTA stands for Gran Turismo Allegerito, and is a famous sporting Alfa badge.
While most modern Alfa GTAs have simply been high-powered performance versions, this Alfa MiTo seems to be taking the badge’s meaning more seriously. In Italian, Allegerito means 'reduced weight'.
For the MiTo GTA, that translates into carbon fibre for the roof and the rear spoiler – even the mirror casings. And Alfa has used aluminium for many of the brake and suspension components.
MiTo's clever suspension
The suspension is interesting for other reasons as well. It's 20mm lower than on the regular MiTo, and the GTA also uses an 'active' damping system that reacts to the way the car is driven to provide the best possible control and dynamics.
For example, under heavy acceleration the rear stiffens to prevent ‘squat’ and ensure better traction; vice versa to prevent ‘dive’ under heavy braking. The suspension also has a 'Sky-Hook' function for added comfort in everyday driving – something more usually found on Maseratis.
Revised underbody aerodynamics improve efficiency, and the GTA is powered by a new 1.7-litre petrol engine. This uses the latest in turbocharging technology, direct injection and dual variable valve timing to generate a highly impressive 240bhp.
The Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA Concept is said to be very close to the final production version, which we expect to see before the end of the year.
We'll bring you our exclusive first impressions, photos and videos from March's Geneva Motor Show.
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