The Lancer Ralliart variants will join the extensive Lancer line-up of street Sportback and sedan vehicles, and will provide a logical transformation to the ultimate performance superstar at the pinnacle of the Mitsubishi range, the Evolution sedan.
The Ralliart brand is legendary in performance car circles, with a proud heritage of designing vehicles with a strong and robust character, truly capable of excelling in the gruelling world of the WRC (World Rally Championships) and the Paris Dakar Rally.
According to MMAL president and chief executive officer, Robert McEniry, the Lancer Ralliarts are targeted squarely at a specific audience.
“These vehicles will appeal to true motor sport enthusiasts – Men and women who love to drive and relish a sporting image.
“The Lancer Ralliarts have attitude, and in true Mitsubishi style, they have the pedigree and performance to live up to the hype,” Mr McEniry said.
Styling is indeed a stand out attribute of these vehicles. Aggressive body work including colour coded front and rear bumpers, front, side and rear air dams, black Ralliart grilles, hood outlets, dual chrome exhaust finishers and signature badges clearly signal the Lancer Ralliarts’ performance intentions.
Available in either Sportback or sedan body styles, the Lancer Ralliarts share a retuned version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged and intercooled DOHC four-cylinder engine that powers the Lancer Evolution, and which generates 177 kW of power @ 6000 rpm and 343 Nm of torque at 4750 rpm. Importantly, all Lancer Ralliarts will come standard with the acclaimed Twin Clutch Sport Shift Transmission (TC-SST) – complete with steering wheel paddle shifters - from the Lancer Evolution. In its Ralliart application, the TC-SST offers two driving modes – Normal and Sport.
The inclusion of the TC-SST as standard on the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliarts give them a unique advantage over their competitors in this hard fought segment and allows the driver to exploit the superior shifting control and time advantages this cutting edge technology offers.
In addition, the Lancer Ralliarts will share much of the technical enhancements that make the Lancer Evolution a dynamically superior vehicle when it comes to active safety, handling and vehicle control. The all-wheel drive system – called All Wheel Control - includes Active Traction Control, Active Stability Control, Anti-lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Brake Assist, Active Centre Differential and Electronic Control (with console mounted switch) and Rear mechanical Limited Slip Differential and all transfer from the Evolution to provide a seamless and safe – yet spirited - driving experience.
The Lancer Ralliarts continue the Lancer family’s reputation for outstanding safety systems by adding passive safety features such as seven airbags (driver and front passenger SRS, driver’s side knee airbag and side and curtain airbags), three point seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters, and Mitsubishi’s acclaimed RISE (Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution) body as standard specifications.
Braking is provided by front ventilated discs with two piston floating callipers and rear solid discs with single piston floating callipers.
Vehicle dynamics are further supported by the high performance suspension, including front McPherson strut suspension and rear multi-link suspension, front and rear stabiliser bars and front strut tower bar. All Lancer Ralliarts have 18x7.0JJ alloy wheels with 215/45R18 89W tyres.
And while there’s no doubt the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliarts are all about performance and style, creature comforts are not neglected. Serious drivers are well accommodated by the three-way adjustable front seats, complete with Ralliart sports cloth trim, replicated on the 60/40 split rear seats.
Aluminium pedals, deluxe floor console, leather accents to the sports steering wheel, gearshift and parking brake and the geometric print instrument, door and shift panels and front console complete the inside design ambience. Power windows, Smart Key central locking, automatic dusk sensing headlamps, automatic rain sensing wipers and climate control air conditioning ensure occupants enjoy features usually found only in luxury vehicles.
In addition, the Lancer Ralliart Sportback includes one touch folding rear seats and a cargo cover to keep your valuables well protected.
With all this on offer, one could be forgiven for thinking that options were superfluous. However, Mitsubishi understands their drivers’ requirements well, and includes a comprehensive list of additional features including a sensational Rockford Fosgate audio system with nine speakers as a stand alone option, or teamed with an electronic sunroof, or finally, an option package which includes the Rockford Fosgate, the sunroof and the acclaimed Mitsubishi Multi Communication System.
Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliarts will be looking good in a variety of colours, including Cool Silver, Red Metallic, Solid White, Black Mica or Lightning Blue.
And finally – performance car fans will be very impressed with Mitsubishi’s excellent news on pricing. Meeting its competitors head on, the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart Sportback and sedan will be available for an extremely aggressive $42,490 – including the standard TC-SST.
Robert McEniry said the pricing of the new vehicles was intended to ensure the Lancer Ralliarts made their mark in the sub-$45,000 sports car segment.
“This is a segment in which we have never competed, and a segment which represents an incredible opportunity for Mitsubishi.
“There is no doubt in my mind that the power and dynamic ability of these vehicles will put some common household name competitors completely in the shade. And we have the added advantage of TC-SST, at this extremely competitive price.
“I fully expect to see the Lancer Ralliarts generate some real fireworks in this segment in the coming months,” Mr McEniry said.
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