Alfa Romeo will unveil its hot Mito GTA concept car in the metal at the Geneva motor show next month.
The GTA puts the emphasis on cutting weight in order to enhance performance, and will be substantially lighter than the standard car through the extensive use of carbonfibre and aluminium components.
There's also a new 240bhp 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine designed by Alfa's parent company Fiat.
The Mito GTA has also been lowered 20mm below that of the standard car and uses Alfa's Q2 technology, which mimics a mechanical limited-slip differential to increase traction.
Prices for the production car have yet to be announced, but the GTA is expected to be around 2000 less than the Mini JCW - giving it a price of about 19,000.