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Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA canned!

Alfa Romeo has put the MiTo GTA on hold, probably indefinitely, due to the economic crisis.

"This is a real shame for hot hatch fans"

The road-going version of the awesome Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA Concept, which was shown in Geneva this March, was due to go on sale before the end of the year priced around £20,000. However, a spokeswoman for the Italian firm told us not to expect the car anytime soon – if ever.

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The Alfa Romeo spokeswoman said: “The MiTo GTA has been put on hold. It’s hard to justify building such as high performance car at this present time as the financial crisis means that its not economically viable. And, sadly, it may never be.”

Translated from PR speak that means it’s most likely been canned.

This is a real shame for hot hatch fans. With a massive 240hp from its little 1.4-litre turbo engine the Alfa Romeo MiTo GTA would be able to monster the MINI JCW.What’s more it would under cut its British rival on price. Looks like MINI can breath a sigh of relief then.

God damn the economic crisis. It’s spoiling everyone’s fun!

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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