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.