• Jun 24, 2008

Following earlier speculation, reports now confirm that Alfa Romeo will produce a high-performance version of its new MiTo hatchback that will wear the vaunted GTA badge. The nameplate was historically used on top-of-the-line performance-oriented Alfas, and will make a comeback with the range-topping MiTo.

Pictured above is a rendering of what the GTA could look like. Power will come from the company's 1750cc 230hp turbo four, with variable valve timing and direct injection. Little else is known at this point, but with 230hp, the MiTo GTA promises to leave the less powerful turbocharged 175hp MINI Cooper S behind in its tracks.

[Source: 4Car]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      what a beautiful little ugly bastard.

      dear god, please send it here.


        • 6 Years Ago
        I was confused at first as to how to reply. Thank you for nailing it on the head.
        • 6 Years Ago
        where is your taste for design?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear Subaru, please do a knock off of this styling for your next product update, it will save the Impreza.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I’m not fond of hatches but damn that is nice looking. Too bad it’s not AWD and or coming here soon. Here being the US, those across the pond I’m sure will snap them up.

      When is Alfa supposed to return to the US? I know they are bringing the 8c which is great and all but they need to get this hot little number here. Plenty of GM, chrysler and Ford dealers would probably love to have a Fiat/Alfa dealership and loose there current franchise (hope I got that right Fiat owns Alfa doesn't it?).
        • 6 Years Ago
        The last time Fiat/Alfa joined forces with one of the big three (Chrysler in the early 90's) it was a disaster, and only helped to seal their fate in the US, so I hope they don't make the same mistake. Chrysler mechanics used to working on K car derivatives were not properly trained and didn't know what to do with the 164's gorgeous all aluminum SOHC V6 ,sophisticated ABS and electronic suspension systems. I speak from experience. The marketing was all wrong too. They were trying to sell a sophisticated near luxury sport sedan designed by Pininfarina from a company with a rich and illustrious and rich pedigree, and they had it sharing showroom space with wood paneled minivans, being peddled by stereotypically cheese ball salesmen in plaid jackets. Ugh...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not sure if my earlier comment cemented this, but "WANT!!!!" Lightweight, powerful, fun to drive. Please bring this over, Alfa, please!!??

      • 6 Years Ago
      "but with 230hp, the MiTo GTA promises to leave the less powerful turbocharged 175hp MINI Cooper S behind in its tracks."

      While I love the look of the MiTo and hope it comes to the U.S., it is a major assumption to state that the MiTo GTA will compete head-to-head with the Cooper S. How much will it cost? How much will it weigh? What kind of handling will it have? For all we know, it may end up competing more directly with the 208 hp JCW. So until more information is released, comparing the MiTo GTA to a Cooper S is a little premature.

      That being said, the more competition, the better. As a MINI owner I'm excited about the prospect of multiple choices in the premium small car segment. These types of cars prove that small and efficient can still be fun.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If shiftright's prediction about weight above is in the ballpark, I'm guessing the non-GTA version will be competitive with the Cooper S and the GTA being more expensive and much more powerful and compete with the JCW version from MINI.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car is so awesome. DO WANT!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Based on looks, I would buy this over a MINI.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like everything but the vag Alfa grill but its not a deal killer. Ill take one in black!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Totally unrelated - Is anyone else having any trouble getting an avatar to appear? I uploaded and everything but nothing ever shows up. I've tried like 5 different pictures, nothing works. Almost as annoying as the crappy reply function.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't know about the avatar, but you can always click the timestamp to reply, that's what I do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can not wait, bring it on!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes! I want! It better be cheaper than the 135i, it better be around Mini pricing (low to mid 20K) or it won't be competitively priced.

      Alfa wants to sell cars, not boutique items (8C) and be a viable player in this market. This and the next mid-size sedan that will complete directly with the 3 series and Audi A4 among other things, will complete Alfa's use presents, well this and that sexy CUV from an earlier blog post.

      Well done Alfa!

      • 6 Years Ago
      Il take one in white please!!!!
      s13hybrid
      • 6 Years Ago
      Me want.

      The US really needs a good line up of sporty hatch backs available (preferably AWD, or RWD). If this makes it to the US, and does well I hope to see a lot more from other companies.
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