Geneva show launch planned for Alfa Romeo Mito GTA hot hatch

An Alfa Romeo Mito GTA hot hatch will be launched at the Geneva motor show this March, Alfa Romeo has announced.

The Alfa Romeo Mito GTA will get a 240bhp 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine and will keep the electronic Q2 technology, which mimics a mechanical limited-slip differential and is already standard on the whole Mito range.

The new Alfa Mito GTA is based on the same underpinnings as the Fiat Punto Abarth, and Alfa maintains that the GTA will set a new performance benchmark for the brand.

Weight saving is key to this hardcore hatch. A senior Alfa Romeo source told Autocar: “The Mito GTA will get more lightweight materials such as carbon fibre and aluminium, in keeping with our strategy to cut weight from all our vehicles in the future.”

Expect the styling to take on a much more aggressive look, with blistered wheel arches, more defined lines and, possibly, new contrasting colour schemes to make the Mito look more like a racing car.

As the spiritual successor to the Alfa 147 GTA, the hot Mito will take on the Mini John Cooper Works when it goes on sale in the summer.

The Alfa Mito GTA will have 31bhp more than the hottest Mini and prices will also undercut the Mini JCW by as much as £2000.

Vicky Parrott

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    31 August 2015
    Thought the 3 Series was losing its edge? Well it's back, with a facelifted version that offers improved performance and dynamics. Does it reclaim its top spot after our drive on UK roads?
  • First Drive
    27 August 2015
    BMW gives its flagship 7 Series an extensive overhaul in a bid to tempt buyers of luxury cars away from the Mercedes S-Class, Audi's A8 and the Jaguar XJ
  • First Drive
    26 August 2015
    New Qashqai rival majors on practicality and usability and benefits from a long warranty, but lower-specification versions are the better bet
  • First Drive
    26 August 2015
    Go-faster Bentley Continental feels effortlessly quick despite its considerable weight
  • Car review
    26 August 2015
    Can the new S-Max retain its title as the driver's seven-seater?