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

  • Car review
    23 September 2016
    Aston kicks off its ‘second century plan’ with an all-new turbo V12 grand tourer
  • Ford Ka+ 1.2 Ti-VCT 85
    First Drive
    22 September 2016
    A rounded, refined and well-sorted bargain supermini – once you’re used to the confusing role redefinition imposed on the once-cheeky Ka
  •  Maserati Ghibli Diesel
    First Drive
    22 September 2016
    Maserati releases another range of updates for its range best seller, the Ghibli. We've driven the diesel version, but there's little improvement on before
  • Tipo Front
    First Drive
    21 September 2016
    New Fiat Tipo offers impressive space and practicality for a reasonable price. We try the 1.6 diesel on the demanding roads of North Wales
  • Seat Ateca 1.4 TSI 150
    First Drive
    20 September 2016
    The Seat Ateca 1.4 TSI 150 makes perfect sense: it's spacious, tidy to drive for an SUV and cheap to run