Mitsubishi Motors Corporation launched the new "i" minicar model at Mitsubishi dealerships throughout Japan. Using a newly developed platform with an original rear-midship layout that mounts the engine forward of the rear axle line, the new "i" series includes 2WD and 4WD models

New 12-valve DOHC MIVEC intercooler-turbocharged engine with aluminum cylinder block
"i" is powered by a brand-new 3-cylinder engine that mates variable valve timing technology (MIVEC) on the intake valvetrain with an intercooler-turbocharger - the only minicar power unit to do so, to deliver high performance and return excellent fuel economy and clean emissions. Despite its turbocharged specification, "i" earns a 3-star rating for emission levels that are 50% lower than required by Japanese 2005 Emission Regulations and returns fuel consumption that meets Japanese 2010 fuel economy standards.

Using an aluminum cylinder block and resin intake manifold, the new engine was made lighter and more compact. An electronic throttle delivers silky-smooth acceleration despite the engine’s turbocharged specification. Also, a higher overall engine stiffness and the use of a silent timing chain contributes to quieter and smoother operation for category-eclipsing levels of comfort.

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  (520) posted on 08.4.2008

spudder, chevrolet is not copying daewoo, they made a new car called the Spark, that accidental looks like the Matiz :d

  (45) posted on 08.3.2008

here’s a thought.
why are cheverolet copying daewoo?
chevvy matiz, dewoo matiz, notice any patern?
yup im cruisin in my 57’ daewoo

AK47  (1024) posted on 06.30.2008


Iam all for smaller engines beating V8s but this comparison is just plain stupid.

AK47  (520) posted on 06.25.2008

k, Lotus, let’s say that you modify this Japoneese "Mini", how much power can you get out of that tiny engine? you think it’s enought to compete with a HEMI engine?

AK47  (6) posted on 06.25.2008

U kiddin’ me?! This engine is the best engine ever. The resin intake manifold adds like 50 least...and if you chromed the engine pulleys like on the show model of that engine...another 50 horsepower. Not to mention when I put on a Folger’s coffee can muffler, grease the muffler bearings, and change the blinker fluid, Americans would be left in the dust.
4wd and rear engine placement? No contest.

AK47  (520) posted on 06.24.2008

you have to be crazy, that car is lame, and no way it can beat an american car (maybe if the american car has no tires), actualy i don’t think it can beat any car.

do you have any idea what engine has that car? a turbocharged 666cc engine capable of only 57 bhp and 85 Nm of torque. that "fantastic" engine gets this car from 0-60 ph in an astonishing 15 seconds.

do you still think that it can "smoke" any car?

AK47  (133) posted on 06.24.2008

please. babies seated in a stroller are more likely to get whiplash when theie mommies launch their little asses down the sidewalk in this car. as for smoking any american car..a fart powered daihatsu could smoke tis crap

AK47  (6) posted on 06.23.2008

This thing could smoke any American car of the past/present/future. Literally any. Just wait until that MIVEC kicks in...u better brace ur neck or you’ll get whiplash from all that savage turbo booost.
Japs kick ass!!!! ZOmG, lawL!11!one

BMWM6  (488) posted on 06.23.2008

your kiding me what idiot thinks this is the coolest car in the world

BMWM6  (45) posted on 06.23.2008

the coolest car in the world for less than £45k new i say

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