• Jun 1st 2006 at 8:03AM
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Mitsubishi launched its newest Ralliart variant in the Japanese market this week - the Colt Ralliart Version-R.

Powered by a 1.5-liter, DOHC 16-valve, four-cylinder MIVEC turbo under an EVO-esque hood vent, the little FWD pocket racer is motivated by 154 hp, turning 16-inch alloys clad with 205/45 rubber. A Getrag five-speed box teams up with a Sachs clutch in the manual transmission version, and an automatic is also available.

The four-door bodyshell gets considerable reinforcement, going far beyond the usual strut tower brace to increase overall stiffness by 30 percent. Available with optional Recaro sport seats, the interior gets an aluminum pedal set, satin-finish body-color trim pieces, and the Mitsubishi Multimedia Entertainment System.

The Version-R gets its own minisite, and this nifty movie (in Japanese). Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of static pictures of the new Colt, so after the jump we've added a few of the show car version, which debuted at the 2006 Tokyo Auto Salon.

[Sources: Mitsubishi, Motorsportblog.it]

More show car pictures can be found here.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Mitsu might not HAVE to bail the US market if they would bring us products like this! To Sid's point (#2), I don't think we equate all small cars to being "cheap" as much as all small cars that have been attempted here have BEEN cheap. We never have something quick and equipped like this new Colt; we always seem to get cars that feel like underpowered beer cans.
      • 9 Years Ago
      With the B-segment explosion that is occurring in the US, you'd think Mitsubishi would take advantage of it....especially considering they have a car as attractive as this one.

      Mitsubishi has all the tools, they just don't know how to use them. It's a shame.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'd be all over one of these, it looks fun as hell.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Check out the links in this post. The production version is way better looking than the concept model shown in these photos. This car is HOT! Too bad we won't get in here in the States.
      • 9 Years Ago
      wow, I want one
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yeah I have to say it's one hot little number.

      Although I hear that the Colts they have in the UK are actually faster:


      I am thinking about having one imported and coverted for US emissions standards.

      /Drove one on vacation
      //I want the 3-door convertible turbo
      ///That thing rocks
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is car for OAP's normally, can't wait to see the story about a granny loosing control and crashing it through a wall into someone's pool.
      • 9 Years Ago
      And Mitsubishi wonders why their US sales are so bad...

      I don't really like little cars because, well, plenty of them are poorly equiped for the money you pay. I'm not making huge payments for a car that doesn't even have power anything.

      Keep in mind I am a young driver here (I'm 18). I know plenty of young drivers, who have no credit (or their parents have awful credit) and no downpayment are suckered in to paying over $250 a month (before insurance!) for a little car with no power, pep or fun. Which is only because it is new, and it gets good gas milage, which by time you have made the car and insurance payments, you can barely afford gas! If I was paying $500 a month for a car, it better dang well be loaded!

      I bet the dealerships and salesmen who sell gutless cars to young drivers laugh for the longest time. I know I would. And many drivers who buy a new car, their first car is a decent car, and they only get a rid of it because it needs a minor repair, say new sparkplugs. It will keep their old clunker running for the longest time... But no, they'd rather buy the farm than spend next to nothing.

      Sorry I went on a rant, but I felt I needed to get it off my chest. :)
      • 9 Years Ago
      America isn't getting this because...

      The only reason I am not a fan of very small cars is because they are usually slow, handle relatively poorly, and don't look good to boot. (Smart, Yaris, Fit, etc.)

      This, however, is something I would like to have. Come on Mitsubishi...get with the game.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Now thats the kinda small car Id whole-heartedly write a check for tomorrow!

      I'm not an Evo fan (more of an STI guy) but this is seriously cool.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I recently test drove a Honda Fit sport. The handling is extremely good,it's on sports car levels. And it's faster than the bigger and slower Dodge Caliber R/T (!). My only complaint was the lack of a dead pedal which can be tiring for long trips and it may be jitty for 6 feet tall and over.

      On topic: Mitsu has these best kept secrets. I would love if it ever comes here. So that Mitsu gets in the game with the rest.
      • 9 Years Ago
      OMGWTFBBQ !!

      So cool !!

      I'll never see this in the US :(
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