Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart

From Mitsubishi press: Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) is unleashing a third performance-driven model in its Lancer series for 2009, the turbocharged, 237-hp 4-wheel drive Lancer Ralliart arriving this fall. Building on the basic architecture of the Lancer GTS model, Mitsubishi engineers adapted modified powertrain and driveline technology from the ultra-high-performance Lancer Evolution to create the Lancer Ralliart.

The 2009 Lancer Ralliart is a unique new model designed for driving enthusiasts who value exhilarating yet balanced overall road performance. The name is inspired by Ralliart, the performance and motorsports division of Mitsubishi, which has claimed World Rally Championships in addition to dominating the Dakar Rally. With the 2009 Lancer Ralliart, the Ralliart name is fomented as the performance brand for Mitsubishi Motors.

The 2009 Lancer Ralliart adopts a modified version of the 4B11 T/C turbocharged and intercooled 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC engine teamed to the Twin Clutch-SST gearbox from the Evolution MR model. The Ralliart engine employs a smaller, single-scroll turbocharger compared to the twin-scroll turbo used in the Evolution engine. The intake tract and airbox are unique to the Ralliart, as is the smaller intercooler.

The Lancer Ralliart engine produces 237 hp at 6,000 RPM (Evolution: 291 @ 6,500 RPM) and 253 lb.-ft. of peak torque at 3,000 RPM (Evolution: 300 lb.-ft. @ 4,400 RPM). With nearly 250 lb.-ft. of torque available from 2,500 RPM to about 4,700 RPM, the Lancer Ralliart engine provides a "sweet spot" that translates into highly accessible everyday performance. The Ralliart engine's red line is 6,500 RPM compared to 7,000 RPM for the Evolution. As in all Lancer engines, the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) system controls valve timing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts to optimize performance at all engine speeds.

The TC-SST allows the driver to manually shift using the console shifter or the Sportronic steering wheel magnesium-alloy paddle shifters, or select fully automatic operation. As mentioned, there are two operational modes, Normal and Sport. The 5th and 6th gear ratios are slightly higher in the Lancer Ralliart than the Evolution MR to reduce highway-driving engine speed and to help enhance fuel economy (17 MPG city / 25 MPG highway).

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