• Jan 9, 2008

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According to poster jmk2888 at the EvolutionM.net forums, the car you see here is indeed the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart. The poster, who indicates that he works for Mitsubishi in California, says that the car was in the lot briefly but is now "on the way to an auto show." Funny, we happen to be going to an auto show next week, so let's assume the Lancer Ralliart's on its way to Detroit for its official unveiling.

According to the jmk2888, here are the pertinent stats. To be safe, treat everything as speculation for now until we get official info from Mitsubishi:

  • 230 - 240 turbocharged horsepower
  • AWD
  • 5-speed manual gearbox or Twin Clutch SST available
  • Recaro front seats
  • Gunmetal-finish Lancer GTS wheels
  • GTS rear wing
  • Nav system available
In front, the Ralliart gets a unique fascia dominated by a large (but not Evo X-large), chrome-rimmed grille opening. At the top right section of the grille itself, you can see the telltale Ralliart badge. According to the poster, the car in the photo is painted in the orangey-red "Sunset Pearlescent" finish that's currently available on the Eclipse. He also states that there's Ralliart branding on the rear of the car, and some other posters have noted that this car appears to be equipped with the same HID headlamps as the Evo X. Assuming it's going to be in Detroit, expect complete details and many photos of Mitsu's new Subaru WRX competitor early next week.

[Source: EvolutionM via Carscoop]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I like the specs, let's see how she drives.
      Actually, I like the wheels on the car to the Ralliart's right... are those 18s? 19s in that style would look great on the Ralliart.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Looks like Acura TL Type S wheels to me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hm, actually it says they are Evo X MRs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Get it to the showrooms! I need a new car now (mine is falling apart), and can't wait to see this.
      I'll take the sportback in a manual, and I'd like it by Friday.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Front grill is an Audi rip off. They could have at least changed the shape of that grill.
        • 7 Years Ago
        dude the audi grill is smaller at the bottom than it is at the top...very much the opposite of this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What great employees Mitsubishi has.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You mean employees that are so excited about their company's product that they cant wait to tell people about it? Yea... they are great. GM only wishes their employees were like that.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Puh-leez. It would be under camo and in a covered garage if it was not meant to be seen.
        • 7 Years Ago
        More like what great employees they don't understand the meaning of a non-disclosure agreement. Apparently GM Employees can read.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, its SEXI! i want one....Mitsubishi ...sigh..i hope they pull this through adequately....I just saw that Motor trend likes the Evo x better than the new STi. Which i didnt doubt they would, and seriously, someone explain to me the importance in the quality of the plastic on the parts of the car not ment for touching?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like that chrome grille, and hopefully the tuners can make the power even crazier (a new gen FQ would do)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Grill looks like it was stolen from an Audi.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I hate this comparison. The open mouth of the Evo is really a pull from the circa 1997-99 MITSUBISHI Eclipse. That design was reiterated in the MITSUBISHI GTO (3000GT in the US). It died with their last sports car and has come back updated in their sports sedan.

        Audi's tilt the other way anyhow.

        Optometrists should be making a killing of of you guys.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Which Audi, in the history of all Audi's ever made does the Lancer resemble?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I actually thought when I first heard the rumors of the awd ralliart that it would be n/a not tubro'd mainly because of the engine development with chyrsler and co., If I am wrong then its all the better cant wait to see them cruising the streets!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Finally Mitsubishi is serious about a WRX, MS3, GTI fighter.
      I'm more excited about this car than the Evo, as it is a more realistic car for me to own. Hopefully they can price it right for Canadians, get it well below the 33k WRX.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If its priced at or below the new WRX. This could be the heat. Who would take the current WRX over this?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oooh, this looks soo much better the the WRX. I hope they price it accordingly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh hells yeah! Price it right, and make the SportBack model too, and we can put the nail in the coffin of the WRX (which is also a fantastic car).

      Please, give me a hot hatch and the MS3 / MS6 are the next to go down.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks very good and who can say no to 240bhp with 4WD.
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