• Jul 9, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.

According to Greb Migliore, an Autoweek scribe attending the Ralliart's press launch, the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart will arrive in showrooms this September with a price tag under $27,000. The turbocharged middleweight sedan – aimed squarely at the Subaru WRX – is a clear choice for those that don't want to shill out $40k for its big brother the Evolution X.

Instead, you can get the same 4B11T/C engine (equipped with a smaller turbo) sending 237 hp and 253 lb.-ft. of torque to Mitsubishi's dual-clutch SST gearbox and on down to a modified version of the Evo IX's all-wheel-drive setup. Go crazy with the options, including Recaros, Sirius radio, sat nav and HID headlamps, and you'll be knocking on the $30k ceiling.

However, don't hold Migliore (or Mitsubishi) to that price just yet. The final cost hasn't been determined and will be dependent on currency fluctuations between the U.S. dollar and the Japanese yen.


[Source: Autoweek]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      0-60 in 6.5? Really? Even the ugly new WRX with its Camrylike handling would smoke that thing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        err... even my auto forester XT can run faster than that
      • 6 Years Ago
      @rootus

      my point exactly, I would rather have a "bottom of the line" GSR over a "top of the line" Rallliart. Especially if I can get a clutch. Between the GSR and STI, I would rather have the STI anyways. If the Ralliart would of been cheaper (sub 25K) then it would make much more sense. Hell.. for the price of a Ralliart.. I would be waiting for the geneisis coupe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is this all wheel drive?
      What kind pf stability system does this car have?
      • 6 Years Ago
      When is the Ralliart supposed to hit showrooms? I'm this close to buying a GTI DSG 5-door so the TC-SST appeals to me but my ideal configuration would be a Ralliart Sportback. Of course I like the twin clutch boxes because this vehicle would be a complement to my stiffly-sprung, gumball-tire NB Miata and I don't want a clutch pedal.
        • 6 Years Ago
        One thing to keep in mind is that VW significantly revised the 2.0T this year, so existing software won't work on a new GTI. I can imagine they are madly working on the new software as we speak, though.

        IMO, for a daily driver, the GTI and the MS3 are the best choices in the segment. The GTI is nicer and the MS3 is faster. On a track, the MS3 has similar performance to an STI (personal experience talking). With a chip, a GTI gets very close to MS3 levels, but because of the LSD, the MS3 lets you really lay into the throttle when exiting a corner (also personal experience talking).
          • 6 Years Ago
          MS3 is a real nice car but for me it has no available sunroof and I actually want to avoid a clutch pedal for this purpose.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Do yourself a favor and don't buy the first model year of a Mitsubishi (or a VW at ALL!)
          • 6 Years Ago
          I'm not too concerned about reliability. I'm leasing and it'll be one of 2 available cars for me. I'll only even need to worry about getting a loaner car the 4-5 months out of the year I won't have my summer car up and running.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Jesus, 3500lbs? How can a Mazdaspeed3, which is a larger car, weigh over 300 lbs LESS? 4WD can't be that heavy..
        • 6 Years Ago
        idk. Mazda makes lighter cars for a living.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd bet the MS3 is a good deal quicker than this too...

        Gosh, I
        • 6 Years Ago
        AWD can't add 300 lbs to a car?

        I think you're be surprised...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Rather have the WRX hatch. Also, base STIs are 33-34k without wheel packages. Would rather get that as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The grill's too small.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If an evo stickers for 33K+ and can be had for under 30K now, what makes you think a 27K Ralliart cant be had for 23/24K in a month or two?

        And everyone saying, Id rather get a used EVO IX, good liuck finding one that hasnt been trashed by every fast and furious wanna be.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Where's the sub $25k it was supposed to be sold at? It's not as attractive at that price IMO. Probably a great car though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Out the door with the FWD limited slip.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder how this car's AWD system compares to the evo's.

      using the same engine with a smaller turbo is exactly what I want: less turbo lag, and more longevity.

      this should be good competition for the GTI?
        • 6 Years Ago
        its awd is similar to the one in the evo ix

        but its tired let it down, they are to skinny
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'd wait for a few more speed tests before going with the Edmunds numbers on the Ralliart. The test was done using the pre-production press sample.

      6.6 is really too slow for a car with that much power on tap. Whoever drove it may have not had the SST gearbox set up right. The car should really pull a 5.5-6.0 0-60 time.

      The Mazdaspeed 3, Civic Si, and Cobalt SS are all in a different class. The Cobalt SS while fast is built on a garbage car compared to all the others and it shows. The Civic Si drives well once you rev higher than 5000, but until then the car is slow and underpowered. Also don't knock the high price of the Ralliart when a Mugen Si stickers for $32k.

      The Mazdaspeed 3 still has its problems in that the car is the smallest in the class in interior room, other than the Cobalt. For anyone over 5'10" it just isn't comfortable to be in.

      The stock Lancer GTS weighs in just north of 3000lbs so the Ralliart should be around 3500 with the AWD system and turbos. Some weight was saved using the aluminum hood from the EVO. The Lancer is also the largest compact car you can buy. It really is apparent when you ride in one compared to the 3, Civic, Focus, and Cobalt. The Civic's interior volume numbers are inflated by the 15 acre dashboard.

      Still the Lancer Ralliart should start at 24k. You can blame steel which cost twice what it did last year, the slumping dollar, and the EVO gearbox. Mitsubishi is using the gearbox on the Ralliart and EVO to help spread costs and lower the overall cost of the transmission. It is a fantantic gearbox but it really is overkill on the Ralliart.



        • 6 Years Ago
        *Weeeooo weeoo* bs alarm!

        "The Mazdaspeed 3 still has its problems in that the car is the smallest in the class in interior room, other than the Cobalt. For anyone over 5'10" it just isn't comfortable to be in."
        -6'4" here, and the MS3 has more than enough room, even in the back seat

        "The Lancer is also the largest compact car you can buy."
        -First of all, this is a good thing? Second of all, the "smallest car" Mazda 3 has an overall larger interior than the Lancer. See for yourself:
        http://autos.msn.com/research/compare/interior.aspx?c=0&n=3&i=0&ph1=t0&ph2=t0&tb=0&dt=0&v=t106932&v=t105954

        "The Cobalt SS while fast is built on a garbage car compared to all the others and it shows."
        -Interior & exterior aside, the Cobalt SS is not lacking in any way. Its driving dynamics are awesome.

        Just FYI, if you're going to be a fanboy, next time just single out one other car that's "worse." See, when you say that every car in a class is worse than your favorite, it just makes you immediately stand out as being full of it. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it were a in direct competition with the new WRX then why is it 4k more than the WRX??? For the money this car seems to be way to expensive, it should start at 24k and then I would be interested :) In my area you can get a new evo for under 30 because sales are so bad, so t hey better make this pricetag more appealing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Manual or automatic?Does anybody knows?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Auto (TSS-thingy) only. No plans for America to get the 5 speed. *pout*
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's only available with the sequential manual SST. Which means that you, too, can experience all the thrills of operating a computer mouse while changing gear. Whee!

        When Mitsubishi adds a real manual (with accompanying ~$2K price break) to the Ralliart lineup, I'll resume being interested.
        • 6 Years Ago
        As pointed out, it will have the DSG, which is certainly not an auto and has been raved about by many reviewers. Automatic per-se but significantly faster than the 5 speed.
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