At first look, Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart seems to be a successful combination of great looks with advanced technology and power.
We won't insist too much on the engine because we already covered it in the City and On the Road chapters, but it's worth mentioning that it helps the car sprint from naught to 100 km/h in just 7 seconds. Obviously, such a figure is the result of the engine - transmission collaboration, but there are several things to be clarified here.
Since we're dealing with a Twin Clutch-SST gearbox, it's almost impossible not make a comparison between Mitsubishi's very own contraption and the rest of the units on the market. People generally say that the 6-speed Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission developed by Mitsubishi is far from achieving the same performance as Volkswagen's DSG or an advanced automatic configuration. Furthermore, critics claim that Lancer Ralliart could achieve even better figures with a manual transmission.
Lancer Ralliart however isn't available with a manual transmission, but the difference between the SST and a manual unit can be easily noticed on the Evolution X series. The manual transmission helps the Lancer Evo X do the 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.4 seconds, while the SST gearbox increases the time to 6.3 seconds. Given these facts, it appears that the SST configuration is indeed slowing down the Lancer, regardless if we're talking about the Evo or the Ralliart.
Leaving the engine the transmission configuration and the engine aside, the next thing in line is the AWD system. Coming straight from Evo IX, the full-time all-wheel drive system actually uses Mitsubishi's very own Active Center Differential (ACD) that uses an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch center differential. In plain English, this means that the driver can adjust the car's settings depending on the road conditions. There are three modes available, Tarmac, Gravel and Snow.
Furthermore, Lancer Ralliart comes as standard with front helical limited slip differential and a rear differential mechanical limited slip differential.Continue reading