With the Alfa Romeo MiTo hatchback currently wowing European enthusiasts, the Italian manufacturer is set to unveil a high performance concept at this year's Geneva International Motor Show.
It will be named the MiTo GTA Concept. The initials represent Gran Turismo Alleggerito, with Alleggerito meaning "reduced weight" in Italian. Therefore, the concept prioritizes weight reduction to achieve the optimum power-to-weight ratio and efficiency.
Considerable work has gone into lowering the vehicle's centre of gravity and overall weight; thus components such as the tailgate spoiler, roof and mirrors are produced in carbon fiber. Under-floor aerodynamics was also considered as part of the approach. Furthermore, the car was lowered 20mm. The front suspension employs new geometry with aluminum leading arms, while the rear suspension has all-new bushings. The revised chassis also boasts active suspension thanks to advanced damper control to counteract the transfer of load under acceleration, stiffening the rear end and maximizing traction. The suspension also interacts with the braking system and steering to obtain the most efficient control of vehicle dynamics.
Under the hood, an exciting new lightweight engine represents environmental awareness and offers high power with efficiency. Designed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies, exploiting its experience in the production of Twin Spark and Alfa V6 road and race engines, the compact new gasoline engine employs direct injection, dual variable valve-timing, turbocharging and advanced electronic management to produce a remarkable 240hp from just 1742cc.
With Alfa Romeo returning to US showrooms, it's hoped they will bring the MiTo with them, and hopefully make this exciting GTA Concept a reality