The British subsidiary of Mitsubishi revealed the construction plan for a race-going model of the new Lancer EVO X which will first race at the Britcar Championship. The new version is being developed with the help of ADR Motors port specialists and it is expected to reach 400HP. “Mitsubishi UK has not been involved with circuit racing for many years, so this new initiative is a great opportunity for us. Subject to the level of interest from competitors, we are also hoping to announce a one-make race-series for the Evolution X soon”, said Paul Brigden, Ralliart’s GM.
Take a first look at the 2009 Mitsubishi Racing Lancer that were revealed by the manufacturer. Specially developed for the 2009 Dakar Rally which will take place in South America, the new Racing Lancer features a 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged diesel capable to develop 260 hp and 479-lb/ft of torque.
According to the manufacturer the vehicle will make its debut in the 2008 FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup in Portugal from October 30 to November 2 and will be driven by the nine times Dakar winner Stéphane Peterhansel.
Mitsubishi today announced US pricing for the new 2009 Lancer Ralliart All-Wheel Drive, turbocharged sedan that will go on sale for $26,490.00.
The Lancer Ralliart features a modified version of the Lancer Evolution 4B11 turbocharged intercooled 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC engine, producing 237-horsepower, and is teamed exclusively with Mitsubishi’s advanced Twin Clutch-Sportronic¨ Shift Transmission.
The optional RECARO¨ Sport Package, $2,750.00 MSRP, further enhances the Lancer Ralliart’s sporty appearance with Xenon HID headlamps, 650 watt Rockford Fosgate¨, Sirius Satellite Radio with 6-months subscription and RECARO ¨ front sport seats found on the Lancer Evolution GSR. A new 40-GB HDD navigation system is also available as either a port-installed option or as a dealer accessory.
Gallery Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
If you are the lucky owner of a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X then this might sound very interesting to you: ChargeSpeed released its new carbon fiber body kit for the Japanese vehicle.
The new kit includes a front bottom line, a side and rear bottom line, a new front fender duct, bonnet center air intake, a bonnet side air outlet duct, a front license plate garnish cowl, a side duct cowl, bumper center garnish, airdom panel, center frame, radiator cooling plate and a upper inner grill carbon fiber. No words about the price yet!
Mitsubishi looks like its exploring all options of four-wheel drive Lancers. The new Lancer Sportback will also get a crossover version starting 2010, at least according to Japanese sources. The crossover will be sold worldwide and might look like the computer rendering pictured above.
Likely to be called Lancer Sportback X, it will feature a slightly raised suspension for better ground clearance and a protective body cladding combined with new alloy wheels and a different front grille. To back up the new off-road looks, the Sportback X will also get the full-time 4WD system shared with the Ralliart and EVO X versions of the Lancer. Under the hood may be the 109hp 1.5-liter or 143hp 1.8-liter engines from the normal Lancer Sportback, or if we’re lucky, the Sportback X will get the 240hp turbocharged 2.0-liter engine from the Lancer Ralliart.
Gallery Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
Mitsubishi unveiled today a new competition car, the Racing Lancer, whose mission will be to target victory on next year’s Dakar which breaks new ground in 2009 with a switch from Africa to South America.
The Racing Lancer is a Super Production Cross-Country Rally car, which has been developed in compliance with the FIA’s Group T1 regulations (modified cross-country rally cars). It also complies with the new rules due to come into force in 2010.
The car will be powered by the 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged diesel engine which the company is currently developing on qualifying rounds of the 2008 Dakar Series and the 2008 FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup. The carbon-fibre bodywork of the MRX09 is redolent of the Lancer Sportback, a new sporty hatchback due to be released on the European market this summer. The new car will be equipped with the same 4WD system, drive train, suspension and brakes following their modification in accordance with the new technical regulations and as a function of the characteristics of the diesel turbo powerplant.
The new Lancer Ralliart will go on sale this fall at a price below $27,000. A fully equipped model will go up to $30,000.
The Ralliart is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder engine that delivers 237 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque, and retains some of the driving characteristics of the speedy Evo. Both also share the twin-clutch SST transmission, which comes with 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.
Gallery Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
Mitsubishi will unveil the Lancer Sportback at the Paris Auto Show in October. Next to it the company will also unveil the Lancer Ralliart and Lancer Sportback Ralliart models that are based on the Lancer sports sedan and Lancer Sportback.
The sporty Lancer Sportback is a 5-door sport hatchback powered by 1.5-liter (109PS) or 1.8-liter (143hp) gasoline engines or by a 2.0-liter (140hp) turbo diesel engine.
The Lancer Ralliart and Lancer Sportback Ralliart models use a new turbocharged 2-liter 4-cylinder DOHC MIVEC engine [maximum output 240hp, maximum torque 343 Nm (35 kgm)]. This is mated to Mitsubishi’s high-efficiency Twin Clutch SST transmission with an Active Center Differential, for extremely responsive steering and traction through tailoring the amount of torque fed to each wheel to optimally suit driving conditions.
On the heels of the successful introduction of the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR, Mitsubishi Motors announces the availability of the more technologically-advanced 2008 Lancer Evolution MR, the newest and most sophisticated version of the model series that began 16 years ago.
Shown coming off the production line in Japan, the Lancer Evolution MR arrives at showrooms in the U.S. in June and is available for a suggested retail price of $38,290. The MR features more user technology and a broader market appeal than the entry level GSR, including an advanced 6-speed Twin Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission.
The Lancer Evolution MR is available with an optional technology package for $40,840 that includes a 30GB hard drive navigation system with music server, 650-watt Rockford-Fosgate Premium Sound System, pre-paid Sirius Satellite Radio capability and FAST Key entry, which allows passive vehicle unlocking and engine start/stop simply by carrying the remote control and grasping the handle.
According to some of us the Bmw 135i Coupe is the best competitor for the recently launched Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X , but some of you folks would not agree with this test. As you know the Bmw is rear–wheel drive vehicle while the Japanese car has a high-tech AWD system. The engine of the Mitsubishi is a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine while the Bavarian coupe features a 3.0-liter straight-six developing 306 hp. Who will be the winner of this test? Watch the video and find out!