Alfa says it will be the most powerful car in the segment, and compared to MINI's 175hp Cooper S, they are most certainly correct.

If you think the new Alfa Romeo MiTo looks good now, wait until the seriously sporty GTA version is launched. Representing the most powerful model in the range with the GTA designation, the MiTo is expected to arrive following the standard MiTo's launch in summer 2009. The top range hot-hatch will produce 230hp from a 1.8-liter turbocharged engine with direct injection and variable valve timing.

Although the image above is rendered speculation from the fine folks over at Progetto955.it it looks tantalizingly good with the over sized rims on low-profile tires which fill in the air gap of the bulbous wheel arches quite nicely. The body kit is eccentric, but still, tastefully done.

According to 4car, Alfa says it will be the most powerful car in the segment, and compared to MINI's 175hp Cooper S, they are most certainly correct.

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Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA with 230hp Confirmed