A customer who visits the Mitsubishi dealership for the first time and is handed the technical specification list of the Lancer Sportback Ralliart will be impressed. A driver who got the chance to take the car for a ride won't be. Why? Well, the difference lies in performance figures.
The Japanese producer says the 2.0 DOHC 16-valve MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing Electronic Control) Dual VVT Turbo (quite a long and fancy name, isn't it?) coupled to the so-called 6-speed Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST) should push the car to a maximum speed of 220 km/h (136.7 mph), while sprinting from 0 to 62 mph in 7.1 seconds.
The aforementioned configuration generates 177 kW (240 horsepower) at 6000 rpm and a maximum torque of 343 Nm between 2500 and 4725 rpm. Fuel consumption is a little bit unrealistic: 8.1 l/100km (29 mpg) city, 13.9 l/100km (16.9 mpg) highway and 10.2 l/100km (23 mpg) combined.
The grass seems greener in the neighbor's yard, as Subaru's Impreza WRX develops 265 horsepower, while Volkswagen's GTI employes the already iconic 6-speed twin-clutch automatic (DSG) transmission that's said to be more efficient and faster than any other similar unit.
Still, Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart is pretty fun to drive. The two available modes, Normal and Sport, plus the all-wheel control (AWC) with three predefined setups (Gravel, Snow and Tarmac) and the ACD (Active Centre Differential) are all the ingredients to set the car apart from the rest of the segment. Last but not least, the fact that it borrows so many things from the Evo, including the permanent all-wheel drive system that comes from the ninth incarnation of Mitsubishi's high-performance sedan, brings a very special aura over its name.
A professional driver would most likely check the options list for a manual transmission but no such version is available on the Ralliart trim. Instead, drivers looking for a bit more adrenaline from the WRC-like model could use the steering wheel-mounted paddles that would basically remove the transmission lag and allow the driver to push the rev towards the red line and the 6000 rpm barrier.Continue reading