Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart review

           The Lancer Ralliart's engine has quite a pedigree, being the same basic 2.0 liter block and head used in the Lancer Evolution, though detuned, with less boost, for application in the Ralliart. An interesting inclusion at this price point is Mitsubishi's TC-SST transmission, a paddle shifted, dual clutch sequential manual.

       The ride, however, is excellent. In fact, almost too good for this kind of car, with the Ralliart cushioning even the harshest bumps and road imperfections. The reason for this civilized behavior bears a dual sword: the Ralliart carries the standard Lancer’s suspension, which is admittedly very good at absorbing bumps but pretty much useless when trying to tackle a twisty mountain road. It was disappointing to discover that Mitsubishi didn’t fit any electronic wizardry to the suspension – granted.

           Lancer Ralliart is powered by the new 4B11 2.0 liters 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.


            * Type of engine: Turbocharged Inline 4 Cylinder
            * Horsepower: 237 bhp @ 6000 rpm
            * Fuel Consumption: EPA est. 17 city /25 highway mpg
            * Transmission: 6 Speed TC-SST Direct Shift Manual
            * Price (est): $27,000

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