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Everyone's attention so far has been on the Evo, but the AWD turbocharged terror won't be the only hot Lancer model in Mitsubishi's updated fleet. Previous reports suggested that a cheaper WRX-rival was in the works, complete with a turbocharged engine and AWD configuration, and this latest Ralliart prototype spotted in California's Death Valley seems to back up those reports.
Like the Evo, this test-mule featured a front mounted intercooler, bonnet scoop and dual exhaust pipes, but missing were the widened fenders, imposing rear wing and the blacked-out bumper insert.

During the launch of the new Lancer late last year, one company official revealed that the Ralliart model would be making a return, this time with a greater influence on performance. With the addition of cut-priced performance cars like this and the styling of Subaru's new Impreza range gone sour, Mitsubishi's new Lancer range is poised to become the next cult classic.

[Source: Winding Road]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Lancer VR-4!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      sweet car no matter what model it is. Subaru missed the boat on this one and fell right off the dock. There is no way the 08 wrx front end looks as good as this. IMO
      • 8 Years Ago
      Please keep this under 25,000 too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I would be more interested in this than the Evo if it can find a nice balance between power and gas mileage and not give my insurance guy such an attitude. Gotta have a better interior than the lancer. Nicely designed area, but the bean counters cheaped it up something ugly.

      Wait and see I guess.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sorry Brian, that's wrong. There will be an updated RalliArt Galant, and an upcoming RalliArt Eclipse as well. In addition, there will be a SportBack version of the RalliArt Lancer in late 08 as an 09 model.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I know I would LOVE a sportback ralliart lancer ;D
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Evo is gonna have a 2.0 not a 2.4.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I think this new one will be called a GSX. I don't think Ralliart will make anymore U.S. models.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Subaru is officially screwed. As many STIs and Evos as I see in SoCal, the WRX has been the volume leader in this class for a while.

      The new Mitsubishi is much better looking than the new WRX and it has a more modern interior. If this new mid-range model has AWD and performs equally to the WRX, Subaru is in serious trouble.

      -SimianSpeedster

      • 8 Years Ago
      The current Lancer is good but doesn't have enough power for my tastes.

      If this Lancer has awd and the power to rival the wrx, I'll be the first one on the lot to grab one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd rather they give us another EVO RS model. Basically a stripped out, lightweight EVO for 3-4k less than the standard EVO model. That would be fantastic.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Imagine they probably will at some point. But this is equally welcome. A bit tamer than the Evo (and therefore easier to secure wife approval), but a hell of a lot gutsier than the stock Lancer.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Bring it on baby!
      I'll be looking for some new wheels in '08. Price it at less then $35k CAD (current WRX pricing) and you have a deal Mitsu.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the 08 wrx has arrived
      • 8 Years Ago
      This should fill the gap in their lineup nicely and hopefully bring back Mitsu's tanking sales.

      It's almost as sexy as the new Batman movie... almost. http://www.criticsrant.com/archive/2007/06/22/The-Dark-Knight--First-Prodution-Photos.aspx

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