There is good news for lovers of sedan, especially the lancer.Mitsubishi will add a variant of all-wheel drive (AWD) for legendary car Mitsubishi Lancer. CEO of Mitsubishi Motors America, Yoichi Yakozawa hope that this new variant could be priced cheaper than other Mitsubishi AWD variants.
In Ralliart trim, you get the same basic package is now used to consist of a top-of-the-line EVO: Turbo engine, AWD system is adjustable, dual-clutch automated manual transmission – and zero to 60 in mid-high five-second range.
And unlike the current EVO – which starts at nearly $ 38k on the MR trim – you can drive home Ralliart for less than $ 28k.
WHAT IT IS
Ralliart is the (many) jump-up version of the Lancer compact sedan economy. It offers a nearly-EVO performance and most of the functional enhancements that make the EVO what it is, including the same three-way adjustable (snow / gravel / asphalt) AWD system with center and rear diffs. The main difference between the Ralliart and EVO is that you can not get a driver-controlled clutch (for example, a conventional manual transmission) in the Ralliart, and that you can not get anything but the EVO in the form of temporary Ralliart sedan is available in both sedan Sportback (wagon) bodystyles .
Also, of course, price. A Ralliart sedan has an MSRP of $ 27,695, while an EVO sedan starts at $ 34,095 (for GSR) and $ 37,295 for the MR.
Ralliart main competition is $ 25,495 – $ 28,995 Subaru Impreza WRX.
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2012
Lancer lineup is largely unchanged for the new model year, except that – reportedly – AWD will be available in a lower price Lancers SE. However, it will not be the same system used in the Ralliart or EVO.
EVO affordable.It may also cost far less to ensure than the EVO (GSX-R 1000 from the car).Racy dual-clutch automated manual transmission; super-sophisticated AWD adjusted.Superb handling / response.
WHAT IS NOT SO GOOD
Driver-controlled manual transmission is not available.Crack ho ‘appetite (for gas) if you drive it aggressively.WRX is very similar Soobie started out thousands less, stronger and faster – and is equipped with a regular five-speed stick.
IN THE HOOD
The Lancer Ralliart has an engine (2.0 liters) of small that makes a big power (237 hp). It’s the same basic engine as the EVO (291 hp) is not quite as freakishly strong for its size.
However, even 237 hp out of 2 liters is an achievement worth pondering. As recently as the mid-90s, is a 237 horsepower V-8 number and even today, a very high output typical V-8 – for example, the current Mustang GT 5.0-liter, 400 hp V-8 – do not approach power output per liter that delivers 2-liter Mitsubishi. GT V-8 will need to make more than 500 hp for the same as the 2.0 ‘power per liter standard.Acceleration is – not surprisingly – very good. Ralliart up to 60 in about 5.7 seconds, not at all far behind the current EVO (which will be there in about 5 flat).
Handling is outstanding.
The Ralliart has the same basic suspension layout as the race-ready EVO, including the three-mode (Tarmac/Gravel/Snow) driver-adjustable AWD. The tire package is not quite as aggressive as the EVO’s and you don’t get the huge Brembo brakes that are available with the EVO – but these are differences you’ll notice only at the track, driving all-out. On the street, the Ralliart is still a very formidable machine that will outcorner almost any comer. Especially comers in its price range – which excepting the Subaru WRX do not even offer a high-performance AWD system (and the Soobie’s is not driver-adjustable) or race-bred dual-clutch automated manual transmissions, either.
Just two things would be issues for me as a potential buyer of this car.
The first is a minor thing – the strange (and loud) sound that the turn signals make when engaged. Tick-tok, Tick-tok. Maybe I am just noise sensitive. But the buzzer would be the first thing to go.
Second is more serious. Maybe. I would be a little paranoid about the future prospects of the 2.0 liter engine. Boosted hard and heavy to make the power that it does, it may not be doing so well by the time the odometer has say 80,000 miles or so showing.
I don’t see a lot of older EVOs running around.
On the other hand, these cars tend to live hard lives and you can’t fault the car for that. Also, Mitsubishi has really put some money where its mouth is to try and allay potential buyer fears by giving buyers a confidence-inspiring five-year/ 60,000 mile comprehensive warranty plus a ten year/100,000 mile warranty on the powertrain, which of course means the engine and transmission.
The new Mitsubishi Lancer will go on sale next fall. Parties Mitsubishi expects to reach 100,000 units sold for the next few years.