Detroit Auto Show: Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart – WRX beware

Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart

Well the Evo sure has a strong following, but not all of us are in the market for a $33k-$40k Evo or its WRX STi competitor. But what else are your choices at a Mitsu dealer? The Lancer GTS? Well Mitsubishi finally saw the light and is offering the 2009 Lancer Ralliart, now a bonafide WRX competitor. The new Ralliart is motivated by a detuned Evolution 2.0 turbo four cylinder putting out 235-hp. 

The Ralliart forgoes a proper manual transmission and instead makes use of the Twin Clutch-SST gearbox also found in the Evo. We can only hope that Mitsu will offer us a three pedal setup as well.  The all-wheel drive is the real deal, with an active center differential, helical front limited slip differential and a standard rear mechanical limited slip differential.

Expect to find a host of options including, 650-watt sound system, navigation with a 30-gig harddrive, sunroof, HID headlights and bluetooth among others. There’ll be more than a few WRX drivers looking nervously in the rear view mirror or looking up trade-in values, we imagine. 

Click through for the press release and live images from the show.

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Press Release:

The new Lancer Ralliart reinforces the sporty identity of the Lancer lineup (Lancer, Lancer Ralliart and Lancer Evolution) with aggressive styling and driving performance that creates a unique product between the Lancer GTS 2.4 and the Lancer Evolution models. The Lancer Ralliart makes effective use of the Lancer’s rigid unibody and four-wheel independent suspension by mating this capable chassis to a turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive.

Mechanical

Lancer Ralliart is powered by the new 4B11 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC intercooled and turbocharged engine (also used in the Lancer Evolution) that develops an estimated 235 horsepower. The engine is execute mated to Mitsubishi’s efficient Twin Clutch-SST gearbox that helps enhance the sporty nature of the vehicle by allowing the driver to lightning-quick, silky-smooth, paddle-actuated shifts. The TC-SST transmission also operates in fully automatic modes for Normal and Sport driving conditions.

The Lancer Ralliart’s full-time 4WD driveline features Mitsubishi’s Active Center Differential (ACD). The ACD unit employs an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch center differential, vectoring drive torque to the front and rear according to different driving conditions to realize the best balance between steering response and traction characteristics on Tarmac, Gravel, or Snow surfaces.

Lancer Ralliart is also equipped with front helical limited slip differential and a rear differential mechanical limited slip differential.

Design

Elaborating on the basic sporty design and proportions of the Lancer, the Lancer Ralliart exterior is distinguished by its more aggressively styled front bumper design, rear bumper cover, dual outlet muffler and a lightweight aluminum, ducted hood that delivers cooling air to the turbocharger.

The interior design places greater emphasis on function and vehicle control. Lancer Ralliart is equipped with FAST key, Bluetooth® hands-free telephone interface, the same Twin Clutch-SST shifter used on Lancer Evolution, and easily accessible steering column mounted paddle shifters.

Available equipment and options to include: Recaro seats, HID headlights, 650-watt Rockford Fosgate 9-speaker audio system, Sirius satellite radio, power sunroof, and a 30-gigabyte hard drive navigation system with digital music server.

 

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