The MiTo GTA Concept will star at next month’s Geneva motor show boasting not only a more aggressive appearance but also a performance upgrade which prioritises weight reduction rather than brute power.
This is in line with its trademark GTA signature which stands for Gran Turismo Alleggerito – with the final word meaning reduced weight in Italian.
Engineers have also concentrated on lowering the car’s centre of gravity, using lightweight carbon fibre on the tailgate spoiler, roof and mirror fairings while aluminium is used extensively in the braking system, suspension, and some parts of the chassis.
Designed by Fiat Powertrain Technologies, the new turbocharged petrol engine promises both impressive performance and efficiency, developing 179kW from just 1.75-litres of displacement.
The front suspension employs new geometry with aluminium leading arms, while the rear suspension has all-new bushings, coupled with an ‘active’ suspension system which counteracts the transfer of load under acceleration, stiffening the rear end and maximising traction.