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2011 Alfa Romeo MiTo

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As one of the biggest auto shows of the year, the Geneva Motor Show is one of those shows that is expected to attract a huge audience.

Understandably so, a lot of automakers are getting ready to put their best foot forward. For Italian automaker Alfa Romeo, the Geneva Motor Show is the perfect opportunity to introduce their new subcompact model, the 2011MY MiTo.

While it’s not exactly a completely different model, the 2011MY MiTo is nonetheless a refreshed version of the vehicle that promises to have a number of enhancements over its soon-to-be-predecessor, the current edition MiTo.

After its stop in Geneva, the new MiTo is expected to hit dealerships in Europe later this year where it promises to come with new options and technologies that will "enhance comfort and driving feel" for the new model.

Expect the Alfa Romeo MiTo to make its presence felt at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show with a couple of special ready to take center stage.

Details on the Alfa Romeo MiTo after the jump.

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2015 Alfa Romeo MiTo Racer

2015 Alfa Romeo MiTo Racer

Originally introduced in 2008, the MiTo is Alfa’s three-door hatchback supermini, so named as to link Milan and Turin, the two Italian cities where the vehicle’s respective styling and production centers are housed. In the seven years that the MiTo has been on the road, we’ve seen a variety of special editions for the sporty compact, each with its own take on style and performance.

Now, the European marque will offer a new version called the MiTo Racer, which is scheduled to make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show this year. Alfa says the Racer is “targeting a more mature clientele that is interested in new tendencies,” which basically means it comes with numerous exterior style and interior equipment changes.

Will these new alterations entice buyers looking for an extra bit of performance, or will they just add up to a lot of hot air?

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Alfa Romeo MiTo Racer.

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2015 Alfa Romeo MiTo Junior

2015 Alfa Romeo MiTo Junior

The Alfa Romeo MiTo is arguably one of the most under-appreciated compact cars of our time. It’s a solid performer that has been on the market for a few years, but it doesn’t get nearly the same amount of love as the Mini Cooper. The Italian automaker hopes to change that with the introduction of the MiTo Junior, a special edition model that made its debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

The MiTo Junior pays homage to the old Giulia GT 1300 Junior, which went on to become one of the biggest commercial successes for Alfa Romeo. There’s a lot of history there to draw from, not to mention some big shoes for the MiTo Junior to fill.

By bringing back the "Junior" nomenclature, Alfa Romeo wants to re-introduce to the world the level of fun this model once brought to the proud Italian automaker.

As far as justified reasons are concerned, it’s actually a pretty good one.

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2012 Alfa Romeo Mito SBK Limited Edition

2012 Alfa Romeo Mito SBK Limited Edition

The first "major" Alfa Romeo debut announced for the 2012 Paris Auto Show is the limited edition MiTo SBK. Only 200 units will be produced, all of which will go on sale by the end of the year.

The special edition MiTo will be offered in two exterior colors - Black and Alfa Red - which will then be combined with three roof shades - black, Alfa red and the new Cristallo white. The new SBK edition will be distinguished by special side skirts, a rear dam, and special 18" titanium alloy rims combined with Brembo brake calipers. The list of standard equipment includes a sporty aluminum pedal unit, Cruise Control, dual zone climate control system, and Blue&Me system.

The new Alfa Romeo MiTo SBK Limited Edition will be powered by the most powerful engine from the entire MiTo line-up: a 1.4 Turbo MultiAir that delivers an impressive 170 HP. This engine will not only sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 7 seconds, but will also deliver an impressive fuel consumption of just 4.8 liter/100 kilometers. The model will also be fitted with the "Alfa Active Suspension" - a system that reduces oscillation of the car body in all driving conditions.

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Video: Alfa Romeo MiTo sets balloon-popping world record

Video: Alfa Romeo MiTo sets balloon-popping world record

A balloon-popping world record isn’t exactly the type that draws amazed reactions from people, but that doesn’t mean it’s not any less impressive.

Italian automaker Alfa Romeo thought it would be a cool idea to take 2,500 balloons, a Red Epic camera with IMAX quality resolution, and an Alfa Romeo MiTo to make a pretty cool record-setting video wherein the MiTo was to pop as many balloons as it could.

Driven by professional stunt driver and 19-time world-record holder Terry Grant, the whole stunt was christened as the "Aquabatics Challenge" and it featured Grant completely laying waste to the balloons as if they had just stolen his lunch money. At the end of the stunt, Grant managed to pop an astounding 2,496 balloons, leaving only four surviving balloons. After the run, Alfa Romeo immediately sent the video over to the Guinness Book of World Records to be verified.

As far as the four surviving balloons are concerned, the Italian automaker is running a competition asking people to guess which of the balloons - based on the correct grid location - managed to escape the MiTo’s wrath. You can check that out at Alfa’s Facebook page, and if you manage to be one of the four to win, you get a chance to participate in an exclusive Alfa Romeo track day at the famous Goodwood Motor Circuit.

Check out the slow-mo video of the attempt after the jump!

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Alfa Romeo's Future Plans Revealed

Alfa Romeo’s Future Plans Revealed

A leaked internal document has revealed full details on Alfa Romeo’s future model line-up. Things will start off rather quiet for the next year or so, but in 2013 the company will come out guns blazing with a long list of models.

At the start of 2013, Alfa Romeo will be unveiling an updated MiTo, followed by a five-door version of the same car. These two models will be followed with the highly anticipated production version of the 4C GTA concept unveiled earlier this year. Model year 2013 will end with the debut of the long-rumored SUV - a model that promises to combine "typical SUV versatility with true Alfa Romeo performance."

The following year, 2014, will also keep the Italian company busy starting with the unveiling of the new Giulia in both sedan and station wagon versions. The second act in 2014 will be a new Spider model, followed by a luxury flagship and an updated version of the Giulietta.

With these new models, Alfa Romeo hopes to increase sales to about 400,000 units a year.

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Alfa Romeo gearing up for US invasion at the 2013 NAIAS

Alfa Romeo gearing up for US invasion at the 2013 NAIAS

Alfa Romeo fans in the US have a lot to be excited about because the long-awaited return of the Italian brand in American soil is drawing closer and closer.

Now, according to Autobild, the stage for Alfa’s return to America could take place at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Autobild is also reporting that Alfa Romeo is intent on bringing at least five models to the 2013 NAIAS, highlighted by the drop-dead gorgeous 4C GTA Concept.

Together with the 4C GTA, other Alfa Romeo models expected to join in the US invasion include the Giulia, the Giulietta, the five-door MiTo, and a still unidentified Jeep-based crossover.

We’ve all anxiously waited a long time for Alfa Romeo to return to our neck of the woods and it certainly hasn’t come with some impatience. But now that it’s beginning to look like the Italian brand is in fact US-bound after years and years of absence, that impatience and anxiety is slowly becoming excitement and eager anticipation.

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2011 Alfa Romeo MiTo

2011 Alfa Romeo MiTo

As one of the biggest auto shows of the year, the Geneva Motor Show is one of those shows that is expected to attract a huge audience.

Understandably so, a lot of automakers are getting ready to put their best foot forward. For Italian automaker Alfa Romeo, the Geneva Motor Show is the perfect opportunity to introduce their new subcompact model, the 2011MY MiTo.

While it’s not exactly a completely different model, the 2011MY MiTo is nonetheless a refreshed version of the vehicle that promises to have a number of enhancements over its soon-to-be-predecessor, the current edition MiTo.

After its stop in Geneva, the new MiTo is expected to hit dealerships in Europe later this year where it promises to come with new options and technologies that will "enhance comfort and driving feel" for the new model.

Expect the Alfa Romeo MiTo to make its presence felt at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show with a couple of special ready to take center stage.

Details on the Alfa Romeo MiTo after the jump.

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2011 Alfa Romeo Mito Sprint

2011 Alfa Romeo Mito Sprint

Have you noticed that the British market gets lot of cool cars? Especially when it comes about special edition. For example, Alfa Romeo has added a new Mito edition to their line-up. Called Mito Sprint, this new edition has been developed to support the UK Athletics (UKA) and it goes on sale at a price of £13,295.

The new Mito Sprint will be offered in three exterior colors: Biancospino White, Alfa Red, or metallic Tornado Blue and will be distinguished by a rear spoiler, 16” alloy wheels, fog lights, and unique Sprint badge. The list of standard equipments will include: cruise control, leather steering wheel and gear stick, remote audio controls on steering wheel, Blue&Me™ Bluetooth® hands-free system with voice recognition, and media player with a USB port.

Customers will have the possibility to choose from three different engines: 1.4 16V 95 HP, a 1.4 TB MultiAir 135 HP with ALFA TCT automatic transmission and a turbodiesel 1.3 JTDM-2 95 HP.

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2010 Alfa Romeo MiTo Turismo Sport

2010 Alfa Romeo MiTo Turismo Sport

Alfa Romeo UK has unveiled the special edition MiTo Turismo Sport that will go on sale this month. This special edition is priced at £12,895 and will be offered in three exterior colors –Solid Black (as standard), Biancospino White, and the new Alfa Metallic Red.

The new Mito Turismo Sport will be offered with a choice of two engines: a 1.4 16V 95bhp petrol version and a 1.3 JTDM-2 95bhp MultiJet turbodiesel. Thanks to these two engines, the special edition will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 11.6 seconds.

Next to the list of impressive standard equipment found in the MiTo Turismo model (including air conditioning and state-of-the-art Alfa D.N.A technology), the new Alfa MiTo Turismo Sport special edition also gets 16" alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, cruise control, Blue & Me technology, fog lights, and a leather steering wheel incorporating audio and phone controls.

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Alfa Romeo MiTo Police car

Alfa Romeo MiTo Police car

The police officers in Sydney have just received a new member to their fleet: the Alfa Romeo Mito. Painted in white with blue check stripes, the new Mito police car has been chosen because it attracts a lot of attention and is a talking point; meaning the police use it to connect with communities and build stronger relationships.

"When it comes to visibility, the MiTo has proven to be an exceptional car, attracting attention and interest like no other car, with its primary role as providing a talking point from which we can discuss road safety." – Chief Superintendent Bradley Shepherd, said. "We see this as practical and highly cost effective way that we can play our role in a safer community for everyone. Our cars assist the Police in making contact with a wide range of people so they can discuss and offer help with road safety and crime prevention, as well as providing the practical assistance of transport. We believe that this is a very positive role that we can play in the community."

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2010 Alfa Romeo MiTo 1.6 JTDM by Romeo Ferraris

2010 Alfa Romeo MiTo 1.6 JTDM by Romeo Ferraris

While everyone is waiting for the GTA version of the Alfa Romeo Mito, the Italian tuner, Romeo Ferraris, is coming at us with a tuning kit for the 1.6 JTDM that makes it as powerful as any GTA model.

Of course, the tuner started with the engine and they obtained an impressive 402 Nm (+126 Nm compared to the original engine) and an extra 38 HP. The result is a sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 132 mph.

The car also gets a set of sports springs and dampers adjustable in height, combined with a set spacing of 15 mm and 18-inch wheels with tires Romeo Ferraris S-Drive 215/40 R18 Yokohama.

The interior gets aluminum sills with factory logo, leather-wrapped sport steering wheel and Alcantara.

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Meeting of the Alfas: "158 F1 Racer, meet the Mito QV"

Meeting of the Alfas: "158 F1 Racer, meet the Mito QV"

You can’t say that Alfa Romeo isn’t pulling out all the stops to make sure that their 100th anniversary becomes as memorable as it can possibly be. Deservedly so, living to celebrate a full century is an achievement in its own right and Alfa is living it up by celebrating another one of their brand’s historic milestones: the 60th anniversary of the brand’s 1-2-3 finish at the first-ever F1 European Championship race. This race was held 60 years ago this coming May 13.

To commemorate the occasion, Alfa rolled out one of the cars that participated in the historic race - the Alfa Romeo 158 F1 Racer - to have a meet-and-greet with the brand’s latest pride and joy, the Mito Quadrifoglio Verde. It’s an unlikely pairing, but one that is steeped in history with both cars playing important roles in the brand’s continued success after being in the business for 100 years.

According to Alfa, the photo of these two vehicles - the MiTo and the 158 F1 racer - will be part of a bigger "visual celebration" that can be seen at the brand’s dedicated site, alfacentenary.co.uk.

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2010 Alfa Romeo MiTo for Maserati

2010 Alfa Romeo MiTo for Maserati

The Italian automaker Alfa Romeo will produce 100 special MiTo hatchbacks destined for their FIAT family member and exotic sports car maker Maserati’s service network. The limited edition MiTos will be sprayed in Maserati Ocean Blue and will be further distinguished by a bespoke Limited Edition plate on the center stack as well as a set of aluminum kick plates that read "Alfa Romeo for Maserati" along with a few other sporting touches like matching pedals, a set of 18 inch alloys, rear spoiler and a unique rear bumper.

Aside from the go fast goodies, the MiTo for Maserati will also feature quite a few luxurious touches like Frau leather seats, leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel with integrated radio and telephone controls, Blue&Me hands free system with USB port, dual zone air conditioning, navigation and bright bi-xenon headlamps. Being the exotic performance car builders that they are, the sporty MiTo will be powered by the top of the line 170 HP version of FIAT’s 1.4 Liter MultiAir Turbo gas burning power plant.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde

2010 Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde

Next to FIAT’s fuel efficient MutiAir MiTo, the Italian automaker Alfa Romeo will also unveil the MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde, which means four leaf clover, at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Quadrifoglio is a historic icon for Alfa and it is believed that it will be the sportiest MiTo on the market. The Quadrifoglio is powered by a turbocharged version of the 1.4 Liter MultiAir power plant and will put out a peak of 170 HP and will be able to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in about 7 seconds, all the while returning 49 MPG and emitting just 139 g/km of CO2 emissions out the exhaust pipe.

The MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde comes well equipped with a set of 17 inch satin titanium finished wheels that resemble the rims from the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione super car. The same satin finish is also found on the headlight surrounds and side mirrors. While the interior is made up by a sports inspired interior complete with grippy seat backs and a straight forward set of gauges on the modern looking dashboard with white back lighting.

Using the experience that Alfa has gained on the racetrack, the MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde is able to excel in terms of agility and handling thanks to a Dynamic Suspension making it an exceptional vehicle to drive with an added sense of safety. giving it exceptional driveability and unparalleled safety. The Dynamic Suspension system offers three settings: comfort, safety and agility; that offers an unparalleled amount of comfort and ensures maximum grip and safety by actively responding to all road conditions.

Press release after the jump.

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2009 Alfa Romeo MiTo MultiAir

2009 Alfa Romeo MiTo MultiAir

The Italian automaker Alfa Romeo has just unveiled the new revolutionary MultiAir system, that is being made available for the first time on the compact MiTo hatchback. The new 1.4 Liter MultiAir engine will be available at the vehicle’s launch and will come in two different versions: the first is a 135 HP 1.4 Liter variant as well as a more economical 105 HP version. The MultiAir MiTo will also be offered in a high performance 170 HP MultiAir Turbobenzina offering later on this year.

Compared to the conventional gas burning engine of the same displacement, FPT guarantees that the MultiAir system will increase power up to 10% and torque another 15%; as well as a significant reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, both up to 10%. At the same time particulate contamination is reduced by as much as 40% while NOx is reduced by up to 60%.

The MultiAir system eliminates the need for a throttle body and allows the engineers infinite control over the valves that bring fresh air into the combustion chamber. The design places the lobes for both intake and exhaust on the same camshaft. The exhaust operates as it would in a convention four stroke internal combustion engine, but the third bump actuates a roller rocker arm attached to the MultiAir setup which is then electronically controlled to open and close the intake valve by the flow of pressurized engine oil. As befits a flag-bearer for the downsizing concept, the MultiAir is a versatile system that is easily applicable to all petrol engines that may potentially be developed for diesel engines in the future.

Press release after the jump.

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No Alfa Romeo MiTo for the U.S. market

No Alfa Romeo MiTo for the U.S. market

There are quite a few compact European city cars like the Fiat 500 and Alfa Romeo MiTo amongst others that the automaker planned to sell in the U.S. market as part of the Fiat subsidiary’s planned return to the United States. However the Alfa MiTo is just too small to be fit into the U.S. new car market. According to Alfa Romeo’s CEO Sergio Cravero: "A preliminary product assessment for a sporty three-door small hatchback showed potential volumes in the U.S. right now are roughly 20,000 units a year. That is not enough to make it a viable business case."

Alfa Romeo will return to the U.S. market in 2011 with the 147 replacement, the new Milano, that set to be launched at the Geneva Motor Show early next year. However, with gasoline prices falling, small car sales are not gaining the sort of traction that the automaker would have hoped. It is very likely that those prices that have been reasonable since last summer will only go up as this summer continues, and if there was any lasting effect left by the summertime scare it is that a new car’s fuel economy is a much more important factor to consumers when they are shopping for a new vehicle. The only other problem that Alfa will face is convincing U.S. buyers that despite their size, compact cars can be sold at a premium.

Cravero has made it clear that Alfa Romeo is still in the process of reviewing its U.S. bound new car lineup so there might still be a chance that the MiTo could still be shipped Stateside. "We have to review the possible platform and manufacturing synergies emerging from Chrysler’s new product plan," Cravero said. "Then we can finalize our product grid for the U.S."

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Alfa Romeo MiTo by Novitec

Alfa Romeo MiTo by Novitec

The German tuning house Novitec is better known for working their magic on Italian super cars like Ferraris and Maseratis, but with the release of the lovable little Alfa Romeo MiTo, the boys at Novitec couldn’t help but change things up a bit. In doing so the aftermarket modifier has created an exclusive tuning program for the compact Alfa city car, dubbed the Novitec PowerJet 2, the German tuned MiTo makes 31 HP more than from factory, currently making 186 HP with its turbocharged 1.4 Liter four cylinder engine and can run from 0 to 60 MPH in just 7.4 seconds.

The entire exterior of the MiTo has been enhanced, receiving a striking facelift with a centrally mounted cup spoiler in front. From the side the MiTo looks much closer to the ground thanks to the Novitec rocker panels and up to a 65 mm drop if you opt for the Novitec coil-overs. The 18 inch rims come in either a glossy silver or flat black, but wither way they are wrapped in a set of 215/35 Pirelli high performance tires. Out back the Powerjet 2 is pushed to the ground thanks to a Novitec designed roof spoiler and rear diffuser, which looks perfect surrounding the Novitec stainless steel sport muffler.

The Alfa Romeo MiTo has already been awarded countless prizes, due to its compact size, fun to drive nature and amazingly good looks. The Powerjet 2 by Novitec should be no different. The German tuners started off with a good package and made it great, if there is an award for the tuned city car of the year, this Novitec built MiTo should be left standing at the top of the list.

Press release after the jump.

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Alfa Romeo MiTo Veloce to be revealed at AutoRAI

Alfa Romeo MiTo Veloce to be revealed at AutoRAI

The 2009 Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA concept is not the only high performance offering from the Italian automaker. The Alfa engineers are working hard developing the MiTo Veloce that is set to debut at the upcoming AutoRAI automotive extravaganza, which will take place from April 1st thru the 11th, in Amsterdam. The Veloce will come with a modified version of the 1.4 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder power plant that is currently developing 180 HP (boosted from the standard rating of 145 HP). With this much power, the Veloce can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in around 7.5 seconds.

The factory tuned MiTo will also feature: a sport tuned suspension, upgraded brakes, more aggressively styled body kit with wide arches and larger 14 spoke alloy wheels.

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Video: Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA

Video: Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA

Alfa Romeo has revealed the first official video of the MiTo GTA concept. The concept is powered by a 1.75-liter turbocharged engine that produces 240 HP. We don’t expect much to change when the production version hits the streets of Europe early this summer.

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2009 Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA Concept

2009 Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA Concept

Alfa Romeo revealed today the official details on the MiTo GTA (Gran Turismo Alleggerito) Concept that will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

The word “Alleggerito” in GTA translates into “lightened”, and Alfa went down to even the small details on this one. Carbon fiber was used for the tailgate spoiler, the roof and the side mirrors. Some steel bits in the braking system, suspension and parts of the chassis were replaced with aluminum. All this dieting gives the car what Alfa claims is a power to weight ratio in-line with its sports cars.

The MiTo GTA is powered by a 1.75-liter turbo engine that delivers 240 hp. Alfa says that the by using technology such as direct gasoline injection, dual VVT (variable valve timing), turbocharging, and a revolutionary management system, the engine performs like one almost twice its size (3.0-liters).

Although this is labeled as a concept car, the production MiTo GTA should not have much changed by the time it arrives in European showrooms as early as this summer.

Press release after the jump.

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Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA - first official image

Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA - first official image

Alfa Romeo may have shown a teaser image of the MiTo GTA Concept earlier this week, but an engine cover just wasn’t enough. Alfa must have known this too because it now released this full body teaser image of the car that will debut at the Geneva Motor Show.

The MiTo GTA 240bhp 1.8-liter turbocharged engine as well as a suspension based on parts from the Fiat Punto Abarth. The styling brings the MiTo closer to looking like a smaller relative of the 8C Competizione. Although this car has not been designated for North America, keep your fingers crossed. Maybe this will be one of the Fiat Group’s next exports after the first round of cars come to the U.S. in 2010.

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Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA Concept - teaser image

Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA Concept - teaser image

Alfa Romeo is bringing its quickest version of its little MiTo to Geneva. Until then, this little (and we do mean little) teaser of the MiTo GTA has been released. It’s not much to go on, but with Geneva a few weeks away, we’re so excited to see this hot little Italian that we’re looking for any excuse to post about it.

The car in Geneva will be a concept of the MiTo GTA, but with the standard MiTo already hitting the streets, the concept shouldn’t look too different from the production car. For the GTA version Alfa will take the base MiTo, add a 240bhp 1.8-liter turbocharged engine, suspension bits from the Fiat Punto Abarth, and flared wheel arches.

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Alfa MiTo GTA to be revealed at the Geneva Show

Alfa MiTo GTA to be revealed at the Geneva Show

We that Alfa Romeo is working on a high-performance GTA version of its little MiTo. We still expect the car to hit the streets by this summer, but yet we still haven’t been given a preview. So in the last show before the Europens get their fair-weather driving gloves out, Alfa Romeo will unveil the GTA this March at the Geneva Motor Show.

For the GTA version Alfa will take the base MiTo, add a 240bhp 1.8-liter turbocharged engine, suspension bits from the Fiat Punto Abarth, and flared wheel arches.

The car will keep will keep the same electronic Q2 technology used in the standard MiTo, which mimics a mechanical limited-slip differential. But it will trade out many materials for lighter carbon fiber and aluminum pieces.

The MiTo GTA is expected to have 33 hp more than the its close competitor, theMini John Cooper Works and cost a few thousand less. All this may sound good, but there still is the problem that Alfa doesn’t sell to the U.S. Then again, who knows what might show up wearing a Dodge badge these days...

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Alfa Romeo MiTo: RIAR special Happy Birthday edition

Alfa Romeo MiTo: RIAR special Happy Birthday edition

Alfa Romeo really likes its fan club. RIAR (Registro Italiano Alfa Romeo) is celebrating its 46th anniversary, and Alfa has created a special edition MiTo to celebrate this. It will be limited to only 46 units, surprise.

This special edition features 15 more hp, which means the 1.4-liter turbo diesel engne now develops 170 hp. The car will also feature the production number and RIAR member’s name engraved on a silver plate on the shift tunnel.

You can have the car in any color as long as its black (two shades: Black Cattivo or Black Etna). To go with the black paint, the little hatchback gets matching headlight and rear-light rims as well as a rear roof spoler. This MiTo gets 17" dark forged rims, identical to those sported by the 8C Competizione. There is even a black (or red) leather interior. If equipted correctly, the only spot of color on the car can be the red brake calipers.

The price is €20,000. This translates to about $26,000 at current rates, but that doesn’t matter much. Not only does Alfa not import the MiTo to the U.S., but this special edition is for RIAR members only.

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Marangoni M430 based on the Alfa Romeo MiTo

Marangoni M430 based on the Alfa Romeo MiTo

One thing that used to make us okay with the idea of have no small Alfa Romeos on these shores was the fact that its economy cars usually came underpowered. Tuner Marangoni seems to have deiced to want to get us full-on jealous with its take on the Alfa Romeo MiTo. The tuner took the 155 hp 1.4-liter engine and modified the turbo to now give 220 hp. Now the car is expected to be able to run with the other Euro-only pocket rockets like the Ford Focus ST.

The rest of the modifications are more in the eye of the beholder. It has scissor-style doors, extra air inlets along the body, a rear end diffuser and four exhaust pipes. We don’t even have to talked about price because Alfa hasn’t even hinted lately about bringing the MiTo to the U.S.

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Alfa Romeo MiTo - 2009 European car of the year

Alfa Romeo MiTo - 2009 European car of the year

The winner for the 2009 European Car of the Year will not be announced until three weeks from now, but Fiat insiders announced that the Alfa Romeo MiTo has been voted European Car of the Year 2009 by a panel of sector journalists.

The Fiat group also took silver with the Lancia Delta. And proving that the Italians are not the only ones with soul, the Ford Fiesta is taking home third place.

A statement from the Fiat group said that the MiTo was the first time that Alfa Romeo has produced a subcompact sports car and that this project was ’’aimed at recruiting a new generation of Alfa-lovers’’. Now all they need to do is bring the MiTo across the Atlantic so that there can be a new generation of American Alfa-lovers.

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Alfa Romeo MiTo by Eibach

Alfa Romeo MiTo by Eibach

Although the Alfa Romeo MiTo was recently launched, this didn’t stop Eibach, the German Sports Springs manufacturer to be the first who customizes the little Italian car. With their new Pro-Kit performance springs the Alfa MiTo gets a sportier look but also a lower centre of gravity improving in this way the stability of the car. Eibach offers also the Pro-Spacer aluminium wheel spacers and the Pro-Street-S stainless coil-over suspension system which gives the possibility to the driver to lower the car with up to 70 millimeters.

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Alfa Romeo Mito GTA coming in summer 2009

Alfa Romeo Mito GTA coming in summer 2009

Alfa Romeo confirmed it will unveil a hotted-up version of its new Mito supermini in summer 2009. TheGTA version will be powered by a 1750cc, turbocharged engine that will deliver 230bhp.

It will include direct injection, variable valve timing and Alfa says it is set to be the most powerful car in the sector.

The 1750cc engine was used for the first time in the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Giuliettas of the 1960s and was a real success.

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2009 Alfa MiTo full details revealed, new image gallery and new video

2009 Alfa MiTo full details revealed, new image gallery and new video

Alfa Romeo today officially unveiled the 2009 MiTo. The car will be launched in all major markets in July.

The engines available at launch will be the 155 bhp 1.4 Turbopetrol, 120 bhp 1.6 JTDM and an aspirated 1.4 engine of limited power (78 bhp) for those who have recently passed their tests. Each with different qualities, all utilised to the full due to pairing with 6 speed manual gearboxes that are individually remarkable for their generosity and lively temperament and also for their high performance and sophisticated technology.

In particular, the 120 bhp 1.6 JTDM is the best engine in its category in terms of specific power (it can achieve a mighty torque of 320 Nm at just 1750 rpm), while also boasting 80% lower particulate emissions and 20% lower CO2 emissions than previous generation power units. In the same way, the top of the range car in terms of power – the 155 bhp 1.4 turbopetrol – offers extraordinary performance for this capacity (top speed of 215 km/h and acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.0 seconds) with a 30% reduction in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions compared to cars of the previous generation.




Full details are available here.

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Alfa MiTo Cabriolet to be revealed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show

Alfa MiTo Cabriolet to be revealed at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show

Alfa Romeo will unveil a cabriolet version of their new MiTo next year at the Geneva Motor Show with sales to begin in late 2009. The MiTo Cabriolet will compete with the MINI Convertible, Audi A3 Cabriolet and forthcoming soft-top Volkswagen Golf.

Based on the Fiat Grande Punto’s platform, the MiTo Convertible will have a length of around 4 meters, and will be offered with a manual folding soft-top.

The MiTo Convertible will be powered by a range of 4 engines, all Turbo (petrol and diesel), that currently range from 90 hp up to 155 hp.

The MiTo convertible will be priced at about £14,000, with the coupe costing somewhere around £12,000.

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Alfa MiTo Convertible coming in 2010

Alfa MiTo Convertible coming in 2010

The MiTo will be first delivered as a three-door hatchback, but a convertible version is also under consideration. Inspired by the 8C Competizione, the MiTo take its roots from the Alfa Romeo’s history.

Based on the Fiat Grande Punto’s platform, the MiTo Convertible will have a length of around 4 meters, and will be offered with a manual folding soft-top.

At the Coupe version, the MiTo Convertible will be powered by a range of 4 engines, all Turbo (petrol and diesel), that currently range from 90 hp up to 155 hp.

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Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA renderings

Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA renderings

Here’s a new rendering (most credible of all) of the future Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA. The GTA features a more dynamic design inspired by the 8C Competizione.

The MiTo GTA will be powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine delivering around 230 hp. The sporty design is completed by 20" wheels, and roof, the spoiler and the front bumper made out of carbon.

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Alfa Romeo picked new Mito logo

Alfa Romeo picked new Mito logo

Alfa Romeo announced today the winner of the "MiTo logo competition", and the winner is... well check the main image! We will just have to wait and if the new logo will be actually used on the car. After all the "Furiosa" name (the winner of the Junior naming contest) was not used!

The Alfa Romeo MiTo is 4.06 meters long, 1.44 meters high and 1.72 meters wide.

Great performances are guaranteed by a range of 4 engines, all Turbo (petrol and diesel), that currently range from 90 hp up to 155 hp, with the range due to be extended by even higher power ratings.

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Alfa MiTo promotional video

Alfa released a new promotional video for the newly-launched MiTo. Called "are you ready to play?", the new video presents the MiTo inside a simulated computer game.

MiTo will be offered with a range of 4 engines, all Turbo (petrol and diesel), that currently range from 90 hp up to 155 hp, with the range due to be extended by even higher power ratings.


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This week in brief

Here are the most 10 important news of the week:

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Lumma Design CLR X530
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2009 Opel Insignia teaser image
Gran Turismo 5 Prologue: New cars an tracks unveiled
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2008 Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder
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2009 Mercedes ML-Class
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2008 Lotus Exige GT3
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Nick "Hogan" Bollea’s crash photos released
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2009 Mercedes B-Class
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2009 Alfa Romeo MiTo
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Alfa Romeo MiTo - exterior beauty shots

Just a few hours after Alfa Romeo revealed the 2009 MiTo, they also presented the first official video of the compact sport car.

The Mi.To is the first car to be built since the 8C Competizione and will be Alfa Romeo’s most compact sports car with dimensions of just 4.06 metres long, 1.44 metres high and 1.72 metres wide. The car features three different vehicle behaviour modes based on the driving style best suited to the situation or the customer’s wishes: supersporting (Dynamic), town driving (Normal), maximum safety even in difficult grip conditions (All-Weather).

The Mi.To is the first car in its segment to offer such innovative technological content. The car comes with a range of 4 engines, all Turbo (petrol and diesel), that currently range from 90 hp up to 155 hp, with the range due to be extended by even higher power ratings. The Alfa Mi.To will presented in June this year and will then be gradually introduced from July in all the major markets.


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2009 Alfa Romeo MiTo

2009 Alfa Romeo MiTo

After many rumors, Alfa Romeo today made official the 2009 Mi.To. First believed to be called Junior, and then Furiosa, the small hatchback get the name Mi.To. The Alfa Mi.To will be introduced to the international press during June and will then be gradually introduced from July in all the major markets.

The name Mi.To has great evocative resonance for Alfa Romeo, since it was chosen as a sign of a deep-seated link between the past and future of the brand: between Milan, the city of design that brought the car’s style into being, and Turin, which will be responsible for its industrial production. A decision that highlights the brand’s strong desire to consolidate its Milanese roots.

The greatest thought has also gone into defining the dimensions, which add up to a compact and dynamic shape: the Mi.To is 4.06 metres long, 1.44 metres high and 1.72 metres wide.

Great performances are guaranteed by a range of 4 engines, all Turbo (petrol and diesel), that currently range from 90 hp up to 155 hp, with the range due to be extended by even higher power ratings.

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Alfa Romeo Junior will be called MiTo

Alfa Romeo Junior will be called MiTo

First it was supposed to be called Junior, then after an internet vote was held to find a name the future Alfa Romeo was supposed to be called Furiosa. Wrong again! According to some AutoExpress’ inside sources the new Mini competitor will be called MiTo. It will make its official debut at the Paris Motor Show in the autumn, and UK pricing will start at £10,500.

But where does the name came from? It is derived from two Italian cities: Milan, Alfa’s traditional home, and Turin (Torino), where owner Fiat is based. The MiTo uses Grande Punto underpinnings, but is inspired by the 8C Competizione, with slanted headlights and a shield-shaped grille.

But the MiTo will be far better than the Punto, thanks to a new 1.8-litre turbo motor delivering 180bhp. This will eventually be tuned to deliver as much as 230bhp. Other options include the Grande Punto’s 1.4 T-jet petrol and 1.9-litre diesel.

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