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Click above for a high-res gallery of the Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA Concept

There are pie-in-the-sky concept cars and then there are coming-to-a-showroom-near-you concept cars. The Alfa MiTo GTA is the latter, and from what we've seen that's a good thing, especially as Fiat's new partnership with Chrysler may herald Alfa Romeo's return to North America at long last. Although Alfa is billing the MiTo GTA unveiled here at the Geneva Motor Show as a concept, company spokesmen say it should hit production later this year. And when it does, the 230-hp turbo four – displayed separately on Alfa's show stand – should stay, but we'd expect the racing buckets with rear-anchored harnesses to give way to four seats. The jury's still out on the carbon-fiber body panels and tarmac-chomping front air dam and rear diffuser, but so far we like what we see. The folks at Renaultsport and John Cooper Works have cause to feel otherwise, but we'll let you make up your own mind after viewing the photos in the gallery below.

Photos Copyright ©2009 Noah Joseph / Weblogs, Inc.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Look at what we have in Europe

      All Italian sexyness :)
      - Fiat 500 Abarth
      - Fiat Grande Punto Abarth
      - Alfa Romeo Mito GTA

      All light and sexy cars. (Alfa Romeo Mito 1.4T 155bhp weighs in at 1145 kg!! Beat that with your mustangs!)

      Nimble, easy in city's, same sort of space a mustang has (that's practically a two seater, just as these little hatchbacks)

      And all of them quite a lot cheaper than the equivalent mini. Which is now totally ruined because it's bought only by yups :)

      And the list goes on:
      - Ford focus ST/RS
      - Renault Megane RS
      - Golf GTi
      - Seat Leon Cupra

      All nice and modern looking cars with flair and identity.

      I'm glad i live where i live. Had i been living in America i would have to buy American because of idiotic patriotic arguments and peer pressure. Maybe my neighbour would shoot my dog for not buying American, lol. At least here i can choose what i want without that patriotic crap. Live's good ;)

      Putting my name down for a Mito GTA i think :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      With Alfa's u either love or hate them, for this one, i'll pass. I'll take the 159 tho.
      • 5 Years Ago
      240hp not 230
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice, but what is that car directly behind it in the picture with the green stripe? Looks more like the Alfas I know - if it is, I'll take that one!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It does look fantastic, but being an Alfa, it will be critically flawed somewhere...and from the specs I can pretty much guess where. If Alfa are going to persist with putting big torque through the front wheels, they need to borrow a Focus RS and learn how Ford can make it work. Hint: A proper mechanical LSD would be a good start.

      My last car was a 147 GTA, so I am talking from experience. Get this car right Alfa, and you count on me returning to the fold. But if it has the 147 GTA’s intolerable ride, absurd turning circle and general inability to put the power to the ground, then no thanks, I’ll pass. It may be beautiful but I’ve fallen for that before.
      • 5 Years Ago
      God, I wish they would sell this brand in the US. This car would demolish the mini cooper!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take the red head.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes! this is the direction we should be going instead of the Camaro/mustang/challenger that the US auto makers seemed so intent on going. Muscle doesn't need to be big, loud and boisterous.

      This is a hot car and will surely steal sales from the Mini.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They look overjoyed. What did you say to them, Noah?

      • 5 Years Ago
      Give me one. Now!
      • 5 Years Ago
      they really need to bring these alfa's to america all of them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Mito GTA concept achieves 0-100 in 5.0s and 250kph top speed.
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