A high performance concept of the new Alfa MiTo, the Alfa MiTo GTA, will be starring at this year's Geneva International Motor Show in early March.

In line with the famous GTA (Gran Turismo Alleggerito) signature, (Alleggerito means reduced weight in Italian), the MiTo GTA Concept prioritizes weight reduction, and the achievement of an optimum power-to-weight ratio.

Considerable work has gone into lowering the vehicle's centre of gravity; thus certain components such as the tailgate spoiler, roof and mirror fairings are in carbon fiber; while aluminum is used extensively in the braking system, suspension, and some parts of the chassis.

Under the bonnet, an exciting new petrol engine, very much in keeping with the pre-requisites of downsizing, environmental awareness, and the offer of high power and efficiency in return for low weight and optimized packaging, powers the new GTA Concept.

Designed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies and exploiting the vast experience gained in the production of Twin Spark and Alfa V6 road and race engines, the compact new petrol engine employs advanced technical solutions including direct injection, dual variable valve timing, state-of-the-art turbocharging and advanced electronic management systems to produce a remarkable 240bhp from just 1742cc.

Under-floor aerodynamics have been a particular concern, while the entire car has been lowered by some 20mm. Front suspension employs new geometry with aluminum leading arms, while the rear suspension has all-new bushings, and the comprehensively revised chassis boasts an `active' suspension system, (advanced damper control), which counteracts the transfer of load under acceleration, stiffening the rear end and maximizing traction. The suspension also interacts with the braking system and steering to obtain the most efficient control of vehicle dynamics, while a `Sky-Hook' function ensures an excellent level of passenger comfort under conditions of everyday use.

Let's hope GM's top brass has the balls to bring this here. Hell, we'd be their first customer.

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