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Alfa Romeo MiTo Kit-One by Magneti Marelli Elaborazione – Click above for high-res image gallery

Upon reading his own obituary, Mark Twain once famously quipped, "The report of my death was an exaggeration." Turns out, with apologies to the famous poet, that the same could be said of the Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA. The project may or may not be dead, but what we can tell you for certain is the spy shots that surfaced a couple of weeks ago were not of the GTA.

What we were actually looking at is a tuning kit by Magneti Marelli. Those who recognize the name may know it as Fiat's electronics division and a major OEM supplier, which produces everything from ECUs to headlights. It worked with Ford and Microsoft on the development of the Sync and Blue&Me in-car computer systems, and developed the Kinetic Energy Recovery System for Ferrari. In fact, the company's scope reaches so far that they claim their parts are in just about every new car on the road today, wherever it's made. Now the company is launching its own tuning division called Magneti Marelli Elaborazioni. The MiTo spied – as astute commenter "adpb" pointed out – was actually their first product, called the Kit-One.

The modification package is comprised of stiffer springs than lower the car by 30 millimeters, the "Parco Chiuso" dual-exit exhaust system with bypass valve, 305mm Brembo disc brakes, a competition ECU good for an extra 31 horsepower, 18-inch matte black wheels and a rather divisive body kit made by Carrozzeria Castagna Milano (who you might remember for their Aznom Corvette and various Fiat 500s) of which only 200 sets will be made. Each item can be ordered separately, and the division has also got packages in the works for the Fiat 500 and Grande Punto. And with their new facility going up in Auburn Hills, Michigan, we wouldn't be entirely surprised to see them modifying Chryslers, Dodges and Jeeps in the near future. In the meantime you can check out the MiTo with the Kit-One in the gallery below.

[Source: Magnetti Marelli Elaborazioni]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      it's cool, nice rims.
      o need to whipe the brake dust
      : )
      accept the grey color for the body kit
        • 5 Years Ago
        accept and except....please learn the difference.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i know the difference.
        but i type way to fast and mostly don't read with a type.
        and i really don't cre i speak write 5 more laguages i can mannage myself 360º

        but thanks for reminding me
      • 5 Years Ago
      what it is, is awful.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OK, it need paint right? That's the colour of the primer right? Right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOVE IT! :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great! I love rivit on fender flares, and the flares themselves look very useful and decent looking if treated right. Electronics Gadgets
      • 5 Years Ago
      the red one is looking the best - I wonder why it doesnt have that door piece - the door piece is akward, so this implimentation with out is is working better.
      looks like that version has some sort of vent on the back side of that front wheel flare.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love rivit on fender flares, and the flares themselves look very useful and decent looking if treated right.
      but that front end looks pretty akward - I wonder if it would be any better if the kit and car were both the same color, like black.
      I centianly like the idea of this kit........

      • 2 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks .... riveting
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow this looks like crap. I can't remember the last car that actually made me grimace.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It looks like Hannibal Lecter with the face mask on.
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