• Jan 13, 2008
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Mitsubishi has made up for the crimes it perpetrated on enthusiasts with the last two generations of the Lancer Ralliart. In atonement for its sins, it's fitted the new Ralliart with a detuned version of the 4B11T pulled from the Evolution X, producing 235 hp and an unknown amount of torque. Additionally, Mitsubishi has decided to fit the Twin Clutch-SST transmission, pulled from the high-power and high-priced Evo X MR. The TC-SST clicks off the shifts through a set of steering wheel mounted paddles and sends power to a full-time all-wheel-drive system equipped with Mitsubishi's Active Center Differential (ACD).

The exterior is so reminiscent of the Ralliart's big Evolved brother that we're sure it'll be mistaken for the X and in addition to the absolutely boss Recaro buckets, the interior materials and amenities seem several notches above its base brethren.

On a personal note: As the guy that berated the Lancer ES in our recent Garage review, when the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart goes on sale this summer, I'll be one of the first ones in line. It's obvious that the Ralliart is aimed squarely at Subaru's WRX and if they can keep the price around the Subie's (about $25k), the Ralliart stands as one of the performance bargains of the decade. And just think of the mods....

Check Mitsubishi's full press release plus video after the jump and our gallery of live and press shots below.





PRESS RELEASE

The new Lancer Ralliart reinforces the sporty identity of the Lancer lineup (Lancer, Lancer Ralliart and Lancer Evolution) with aggressive styling and driving performance that creates a unique product between the Lancer GTS 2.4 and the Lancer Evolution models. The Lancer Ralliart makes effective use of the Lancer's rigid unibody and four-wheel independent suspension by mating this capable chassis to a turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive.

Mechanical
Lancer Ralliart is powered by the new 4B11 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC intercooled and turbocharged engine (also used in the Lancer Evolution) that develops an estimated 235 horsepower. The engine is mated to Mitsubishi's efficient Twin Clutch-SST gearbox that helps enhance the sporty nature of the vehicle by allowing the driver to execute lightning-quick, silky-smooth, paddle-actuated shifts. The TC-SST transmission also operates in fully automatic modes for Normal and Sport driving conditions.
The Lancer Ralliart's full-time 4WD driveline features Mitsubishi's Active Center Differential (ACD). The ACD unit employs an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch center differential, vectoring drive torque to the front and rear according to different driving conditions to realize the best balance between steering response and traction characteristics on Tarmac, Gravel, or Snow surfaces.
Lancer Ralliart is also equipped with front helical limited slip differential and a rear differential mechanical limited slip differential.

Design
Elaborating on the basic sporty design and proportions of the Lancer, the Lancer Ralliart exterior is distinguished by its more aggressively styled front bumper design, rear bumper cover, dual outlet muffler and a lightweight aluminum, ducted hood that delivers cooling air to the turbocharger.
The interior design places greater emphasis on function and vehicle control. Lancer Ralliart is equipped with FAST key, Bluetooth® hands-free telephone interface, the same Twin Clutch-SST shifter used on Lancer Evolution, and easily accessible steering column mounted paddle shifters.
Available equipment and options to include: Recaro seats, HID headlights, 650-watt Rockford Fosgate 9-speaker audio system, Sirius satellite radio, power sunroof, and a 30-gigabyte hard drive navigation system with digital music server.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      The lack of a manual transmission kills the car for me, otherwise it looks tremendous. Offer a 5 speed and I'd trade my SRT-4 in on one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just can't get over how huge the front overhang is on that car. They were so close to creating a nice tight aggressive little car, and ruined it with that detail. With the front wheels almost at the rear of the car ;) the car is now hideous.
      • 7 Years Ago
      $25k is a steal.

      Let me just go *YOINK* one
      beanboyvii
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi if you are listening, I currently own a 1995 Mitsubishi Galant S 5 spd MANUAL (with 3 pedals), and I absolutely love it. Sure there are many things that I could find fault in but I choose to over look the cheap plastics or the fan switch that clicks, or the poor low beams, or the fact that when it is cold the shifter moves slow and clicks a few times before settling into gear. But I know every little blemish or glitch like the back of my hand, and I love the car for it, we've been through a lot together. So anyways there's something special about choosing your own gears by yourself whenever you want, something solid, efficient, and right about it. I feel like your not really driving unless it is a manual transmission, your just ridding. I would go as far as saying I will never buy a car for myself with anything but a manual transmission (one with a clutch that MY leg opperates). So Mitsubishi after this lengthy personal rambling I ask you to PLEASE offer the new 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart with a proper manual transmission or I will be forced to go elsewhere! Thankyou.

      P.S. Putting a manual back in the Gallant would be nice too, been missing it since '98!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Finally! This is the car MMNA has been waiting for. Bring out the diesel variants and the hot hatch!

      Oh, and Damon, I humbly request that you check out the Concept-RA, the old school Prototype Starion, and the '72 Galant GTO they have on display too. I would love to see more pictures!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think, if its light enough, the R-A should just be the coupe version..like the lancer coupe...they have a good thing going with the lancer....the eclipse has meomorphosed into something in its own reguard...like a nissan altima coupe..only cooler with street cred (and way better looking)

      maybe the new eclipse can just be a bigger one to this.

      One more thing,..if it cost around 25k, wouldnt it be an almost direct competitor to the Evo??...as usual, wel wait and see
        • 7 Years Ago
        Has awd will 3 non-open differentials ever been offered by anyone at this price point before? To me, that is the most impressive thing about this car. I'd gladly trade power and money spent elsewhere for maximum mid-corner traction. I'm a Mk5 gti owner, and while DSG is very cool, I decided it wasn't for me. If this car comes with 3 pedals it's shooting to the No. 1 spot on my shopping list... as long as I can't come close to affording a B8 3.0TT S4. Why are Mitsubishi and Subaru sticking with 5 speed manuals and not going to 6?
      • 6 Years Ago
      mitsubishi announced that there will be a 5 speed manual down the line.
      • 7 Years Ago
      very nice, about time the ralliart was something other than wheels and a badge

      whats a wrx?
        • 7 Years Ago
        A Toyota Corolla XRS with Subaru badges.

        This is an excellent bargain, if Mitsu can keep the weight down. Even then, it'll be pretty damn nice. An excellently balanced car at a good price, just like the original WRX.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This package is just what I've been looking for. If Mitsubishi can keep the price at around 25k, I'm sold. With fancy features like FAST key, Bluetooth and SST though, it doesn't seem likely that they can offer it at anything under 27k. =(
      • 7 Years Ago
      How does this compare with the Mazdaspeed3?

      Note: Not a flame-bait. A straight-forward question from a curious Mazda fan!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Give me a 5-speed manual and no sunroof, and I'm sold like butter on toast. Glad to see Mitsubishi capitalize on Subaru's gigantic flub with the current Impreza line, especially with something as awesome as this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did anyone see the new Lancer commercials this weekend? I thought they were really good...but I couldn't find them on YouTube. If you have a link shoot it over to me. Thanks!
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