Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart / Sportback Ralliart

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Hot hatches and performance contracts have popped up in the past few years. It’s kind of surprising considering most buyers don’t seem to care about driving anything fun. there is new GTI/golf arAnd Hyundai will sell you a 275-horsepower car and one of the best stock exhausts ever in a car Three-door hatchAnd Compact four-door, or compact crossover. Even Toyota got into the game, and gave us a 300 hp Corolla GR, something We never thought the United States would ever get it. Mitsubishi, a company thus far has shied away from anything fun and has thrown floors JDM nameplate on junction, used to give us great performance with the Lancer Evolution. And at one point, if you couldn’t get an Evo, they offered an Evo lite in the form of a Lancer Ralliart.

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Yes, Mitsubishi used to make great things. From Galant VR-4s to the 3000GT, the company had some performance credentials, especially from its experience in the WRC (World Rally Championship). Enter the Ralliart, Mitsubishi’s racing and performance arm founded in 1984. The Ralliart dispatched the Lancer and Lancer Evolutions from 1993 through 2007. This racing experience gave the world the evolution of the Lancer and, to a lesser extent, the Lancer Ralliart.

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The Lancer Ralliart is based on the ninth generation Lancer that debuted in 2007. It is based on the GS platform jointly developed by Mitsubishi and Chrysler. In addition to the Lancer, Mitsubishi used the Outlander platform and still uses it today in the unfortunate Eclipse Cross. (On a Daimler Chrysler, anything you can think of was terrible at the time on this platform, from the Dodge Caliber to the Jeep Compass.)

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The Lancer Ralliart debuted in 2009, which was an unfortunate time for an automobile company to launch a sports product. The global economy was on the verge of collapse due to the Great Recession, aThe second automakers were left models killed The right to save money. But Mitsubishi put pressure on the Lancer Ralliart. While it was available in a sedan, you wouldn’t want it. The one I wanted was the Ralliart Sportback.

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What made Ralliart so special? It was really Evo lite. Get a cracked version of Ralliart by choosing Ralliart 4B11 2.0 liter turbocharged I4 used in the Evo. in Ralliart, It made 237 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque; The AWD drive system was a simplified version of the setup used in the Evolution X. Even the transmission was upgraded from the Evo. While the Corolla is more basic- and civic-Fighting Lancers got a choice of a 5-speed manual or a terrible CVT (That Mitsubishi has the audacity to give paddle shifters on the rims of the GTS), The Lancer Ralliart received the same TC-SST six-speed dual-clutch transmission as the Evo X. The only difference between the two cars was that the Ralliart received two transmission modes (Normal, Sport) to the three Evo mode (Normal, Sport, s-Sport).

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All those Evo-The good stuff got from great sources, but how did it perform? not bad, Really. Although it wasn’t light (it was about 3,600 pounds in the Sportback Ralliart), It was actually faster than the WRX. according to employment what or what you Read60 mph is either 5.4 or 5.7 seconds. And the engine had a beautiful spot, like our own Andrew Stowe books Back in ’08:

235hp MIVEC 2.0 is all base Lancer below 2800 rpm, after which the torque is shown; It’s not intrusive, nor is the dreaded “on/off” turbo switch, but the car subtly changes its character. Mitsu Light says that 253 ft-lbs is available from 2500 to 4750 rpm – and that’s pretty much the only spot available. Fortunately, Twin-Clutch SST will allow you to play in this sweet setting all day long.

Mitsubishi Recaros even gave you!

Mitsubishi Recaros even gave you!
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None of this bank has broken, also. Lancer Ralliart prices ranged from just $28,000 to just over $31,000 for a loaded Sportback Ralliart. Unfortunately, the Lancer Ralliart was short-lived. Mitsubishi and Ralliart were not immune from the recession. Mitsubishi announce That the Ralliart was ending operations in the early 2010s and killing the Lancer Sportback in 2014. Somehow the Lancer succeeded in it. Until 2017. And he didn’t make much. Production numbers are hard to come by, but I found only two on sale in the whole country. While Mitsubishi is a shadow of what it once was in the performance department, at least we can look back at models like the Lancer Ralliart to see that once upon a time, the company actually tried.