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Apologies to our friends at Carscoop, but we must qualify the details we're about to share with you on the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart because we haven't seen the actual press release for ourselves. Perhaps they're privy to some long-lead info over there, however, that we're not, as the details are specific enough as to sound convincing.

Regardless, Carscoop is reporting that the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart will be a 5-door hatchback model in Europe and be based on the sedan in the U.S. Power will reportedly come from a detuned version of the EVO X's 2.0L turbo-four producing 240 PS, or about 236 horsepower if you want to be stickler about conversions. Surprisingly, the Lancer Ralliart is also pegged to come with Mitsubishi's 6-speed Twin-Clutch SST transmission, a piece of kit only available on the top level Lancer EVO MR. The EVO GSR makes do with a simple 5-speed. Of course, the Ralliart model will also be aided by the same Super-All Wheel Control all-wheel-drive system used by the EVO X, as well Active Yaw Control and Active Center Differential. Other notable features include an aluminum hood, Recaro front seats, a sports steering wheel with paddle shifters and a special Ralliart radiator grille.

If these facts hold true, then the Ralliart will be the weapon used by Mitsubishi to take on the Subaru WRX around the world. In the past, Mitsubishi has allowed the Subaru WRX free reign, choosing to field a much less potent version of the Lancer Ralliart. No more.

UPDATE: Channel4 substantiates the information provided by Carscoop, adding that the Lancer Ralliart will also get rain-sensing wipers, auto xenon headlamps and headlamp washers.

[Source: Carscoop]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Sounds like an option, but I'd be a lot more interested if they offered the 5 door.
      • 7 Years Ago
      outstanding, I meant.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have a hard time buying this; it sounds much too similar to the Evo and, consequently, much too expensive. There's a big gap between the $15k 150hp base model and the $35k 300hp Evo and this level of equipment doesn't seem feasible for a $25k WRX competitor.
        • 7 Years Ago
        i was thinking the same thing. This was hopefully gonna be my next car, and all i was hoping for was a de-tuned evo motor, AWD, and a little leather on the inside.

        but if it really is priced similar to the WRX, count me in!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm curious how they're detuning the engine, if it's just a matter of reflashing the ECU and upgrading intake/exhaust this could an awesome performance bargain.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the one big difference will be that it's not widebody. Even if you exclude that fact it would be impossible to turn one into an evo without spending more money then would be required to just buy an evo in the first place. same deal with last gen. WRX vs. STi
      • 7 Years Ago
      it sounds JUST like a GTI with 4wd and a little more power. i dont see why they cant do this. and why they havnt already
        • 7 Years Ago
        GTI $22,700 ($1075 for DSG)
        WRX $24,300

        no reason Mitsu cant sell this for ~$25k. add $1k for the DSG option. i doubt they will use the new 4wd system. and your still way under the Evo.
        • 7 Years Ago
        VW has this already, it is R32 and its $33K.

        Did you know that in Europe, you can have regular Golf/rabbit with 4motion ?
        • 7 Years Ago
        If they make this, it must be the regular body, old AWD, 5 sp manual, and if it has recaros, it will not be the same ones from the EVO. That way, I can see them being in the 25K range. Then add options, like the SST, premium package or whatnot, and you have a direct competition to the WRX.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm really glad to see Mitsu attacking Subaru in this market. Subaru hasn't had any real competition as of yet.

      I'd like to see what else is missing from this car that is standard on the X, but it may prove to be quite the value.

      I don't understand, however, why Mitsu is pushing the SST transmission so hard. I don't think it will be quite as reliable as the new w5m6a 5 speed manual transmission, nor should it be as cheap.

      I understand an SST box may have a wide market appeal, but why not make the 5 speed manual an option? Then again, they don't make it an option on the US Spec MR either. Gah.

      Anyway, if you love these cars as much as I do, come join us at http://www.evoxforums.com and give us your input.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So what is the advantage of the upper level EVOs besides the power, which is coming from the same 4B11T?
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's what I want to know too.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yep thinking the same. If it's more or less a de-tuned Evo X whats to stop you from just tuning it back up? Probably have 90% of the Evo for 8-10k less. Seem like the sweet spot to me.

        I see lots of WRX's and not so many STI's. Now that the WRX has been neutered this Ralliart would reign unopposed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I predict failure. The same engine and awd system = too expensive. They're making an intelligent effort...the old Rallyart's are just regular lancers.

      How about they throw it in a new eclipse instead, and ditch the v6 front wheel drive heresey?
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Old Railliarts are not just regular lancers.

        They had a 162hp 2.4L MIVEC 4 that was much better than the base lancer of the time. It was the closest thing to a 4 door Civic SI we had.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would rather have a traditional stick shift. If the EVO XI's AWD is would save money to build, they should do that. They need to make this as cheap as possible, other wise what's the point. The Lancer looks better that the Impreza, so AWD and a little more HP than the WRX is all it needs.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Anybody knows when this Ralliart is coming out?

      There aren't many all wheel drive sedan under $30k right now, and I think this one is going to be an outsanding choice...

      • 7 Years Ago
      If the price is right I'll buy it, it should cost the same as the wrx to make me get it.
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