The confirmation was made last June that a GTA variant of the ultra-elegant MiTo hatchback was impending. It has been revealed lately that the car will be arriving in the middle of 2009 with a new 1.8-liter 4-cylinder gasoline powerplant turbocharged to generate 230 hp (172 kW).
Since then, Alfa Romeo has made available teaser photos of the car in advance of its Geneva Motor Show debut next month. The former teaser photo shows the car's valve cover with the GTA lettering. The second photo looks like a fresh cooling vent or turbo intake, but cannot be confirmed.
The MiTo GTA will come with a hot-hatch type handling, advanced suspension system with coilover springs and front McPherson struts.It will also come with a rear torsion-beam suspension that will create some inside wheel lift during hard cornering and Alfa Romeo's Q2 front-wheel toque vectoring system will also be featured.
Performance is enhanced with weight reduction measures including the replacement of MiTo's components with lightweight aluminum and carbon fiber parts.
What distinguishes the MiTo from the standard versions will be flared wheel arches, athletic body kit with built-in air diffusers, and a powerful exhaust audio.
Standard on the vehicle are driver aids and safety devices consisting of multiple airbags, ABS, ESP and EBD, plus anti-slip control and steering-angle-sensitive torque limitation to lower the torque steer tendency.
Alfa Romeo designed the new MiTo to secure the highest score in passive and active safety tests. The carmaker succeeded in making the MiTo one of the safest cars in the field of motoring, as evidenced by its five-star rating from Euro NCAP.
As standard, the new Alfa Romeo MiTo is equipped with the most sophisticated electronic devices to deliver optimized dynamic vehicle control. Thanks to these devices, Alfa Romeo was able to further expand the limits of new MiTo while delivering all-round safety and not intruding with the driver.
The new 2014 Alfa Romeo MiTo is provided with a superb braking system, as complemented by the ABS anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD). The new MiTo is also equipped with electronic stability (ESC) and traction (ASR) control systems, as complemented by assisted hill start system (Hill Holder), Modular System Regulator (MSR), hydraulic brake assistance (HBA) and the Cornering Brake Control (CBC) system.
In addition, the new MiTo is equipped with the Alfa Q2, an electronic system that acts like a self-locking differential. Also featured is Alfa Active Steering, an 'active electronic steering' that could induce the driver -- via a light impulse on the steering wheel -- to rectify oversteering on surfaces with poor grips.
For the 2014 model year, the Alfa Romeo MiTo wants to prove that it isn't just one of the safest cars in its segment, but also in the field of motoring as a whole. It also features a number of passive safety systems like the standard seven airbags (two of which Multistage), an anti-whiplash device in the backrest on the front seats, as well as three-point seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters.
A small screen in front of the driver has five warning lights that indicate whether the seat belts of all the passengers are securely fastened. Likewise, the new MiTo uses LED units for the rear lights. Moreover, Alfa Romeo designed the body, bonnet, doors, seats, steering column and dashboard crossmember to deliver high levels of safety in case of an accident.