The MITSUBISHI Concept-RA offers a unique interpretation of the sporty coupe. This two-seat pure coupe concept explores the transversely mounted, front engine packaging theme. Generous helpings of technology create a vehicle that combines exotic appeal, outstanding, fun-to-drive dynamics and heightened sensitivity for the environment

Design

Developed as a technological showcase for Mitsubishi Motors, the Concept-RA displays athletic sport coupe proportions wrapped in dynamic flowing lines that provide a powerful and compelling showpiece for the car’s advanced, high technology features. Broad, muscular wheel arches house 21-inch wheels and lend graphic expression to the high degree of road control and tenacious grip afforded by the next generation S-AWC system. Meanwhile, an exposed engine cover highlights the presence of the car’s high output, efficient, clean diesel engine design. The Concept-RA’s inverted-slant nose and trapezoidal grille fascia reinforce Mitsubishi Motors’ new design identity, albeit suitably revised to reflect the concept’s sporty coupe attributes.

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Concept-RA’s deep red exterior hue graphically accentuates the coupe’s fluid, muscular body lines, and offsets a matte black engine hood that helps impart the vehicle’s strong mechanical flavor. The interior has been developed to show a fusion of tradition with leading-edge touches. The cockpit’s wraparound control layout uses minimal visual instrumentation and optimizes the switch and control layout. This reduces the driver’s physical and mental workload, allowing full concentration on driving. The interior also makes extensive use of fine-quality natural materials in a design that delivers the utmost control, confidence, and vehicle involvement to the driver.

Mechanical

The MITSUBISHI Concept-RA’s Super-All Wheel Control driveline is a next generation all-wheel-drive system that adds Active Steering and Active Suspension control to the ACD1, AYC2, ASC3, and Sport ABS components that comprise the highly capable system used on the 2008 Lancer Evolution. Concept RA’s S-AWC system integrally manages these components to realize advanced levels of control over drive torque, steering input, vehicle roll, and braking at each wheel, thereby raising traction, cornering and vehicle stability levels. Such capability affords Concept-RA intuitive, on-demand vehicle behavior that faithfully reflects driver intent by reacting instantly, under a variety of driving conditions, from everyday use to emergency avoidance situations.

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MITSUBISHI Concept-RA is powered by a new, high output, high-efficiency 2.2-liter 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve turbo diesel engine with MIVEC4. This clean diesel’s MIVEC system incorporates valve lift control with low and high-speed cam profiles actuating the intake valves. A Piezoelectric injector, common-rail direct fuel injection system allows the engine to use of a lower static compression ratio.

The new diesel showcases a VD/VG (Variable Diffuser / Variable Geometry) turbocharger whose internal vanes can control airflow over the turbine and compressor surfaces to produce optimum boost characteristics at all times. The efficient, low emissions diesel unit delivers a maximum output of 201 hp (150 kW) and maximum torque of 310 ft. lbs. (42.8 kg-m). For compliance with Tier 2 Bin 5 emission regulations in the United States, the clean diesel powerplant relies on a new catalytic converter system that combines a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC), NOx trap catalyst (NTC) and diesel particulate filter (DPF) technologies.

In an effort to reduce vehicle weight to improve fuel economy, vehicle performance and safety, MITSUBISHI Concept-RA features a new, rigid body structure using an aluminum space frame made from extruded aluminum sections and die-cast aluminum components. In addition, the engine hood, fenders and other outer panels made from lightweight, impact-resistant and easily recyclable plastic resin.

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20 comments:

  (328) posted on 01.20.2012

The car looks fabulous. I love the effort of Mitsubishi to bring a car that is fuel economy and with improve performance and safety.

  (474) posted on 01.5.2012

It looks like a Lamborghini Gallardo on its platform design. Anyway, I must say that this one is really oozing with angst, especially on its front headlights. Moreover, it looks so luscious on its red body paint.

  (397) posted on 01.2.2012

I love the angst of this concept RA had. It already looking good at its color, and I’m so impressed with the fabulous platform design of it and the scissor door is a plus factor for me.

  (776) posted on 09.20.2011

Looks so fabulous on its glossy hot body paint but I must say that its too aggressive so that I found it over in designed? Is it already in production or still in a concept?

  (472) posted on 09.9.2011

Splendor indeed and I noticed that the car lines adds more appeal on this car and I love the super sporty exterior styling that they made on this concept.

  (458) posted on 07.8.2011

This one had a splendor look. I’m impressed with the design. Seemed that everybody wanted to check on its performance, though, there were few modifications made I knew that Mitsubishi put a lot of effort in creating such kind of unique car.

  (379) posted on 04.19.2010

This model looks like a Lamborghini car, also the way the doors open are really a lambo inspired car.

  (5990) posted on 03.3.2008

It’s a shame they’ll never build it like that!

  (111) posted on 01.7.2008

well sources say that it will have between 200-300hp but its not an accurate number

  (41) posted on 01.7.2008

very true...so how much horse power does this one have?

  (111) posted on 01.3.2008

well hellphire1000 since u asked this car looks pretty good an all but inorder to be a "beast" u need to have sum REAL power under the hood lets say 400+hp an if badest research is correct as it usually is then this car is far from being anywhere near to being a beast

  (2) posted on 01.3.2008

awesome car!!!

  (41) posted on 01.3.2008

and why do you think that this car is no beast?!?!

  (111) posted on 12.1.2007

this car is no beast

  (59) posted on 12.1.2007

This well bring Mitsubishi up for the car of the year

  (41) posted on 11.29.2007

wow thats nice......how much do you think this is??????$$$$$$$

  (102) posted on 11.28.2007

The front of this beast looks amazing. If only they would fix the back.

  (130) posted on 11.28.2007

some real pics wud be nice smiley

  (607) posted on 11.28.2007

The Concept-RA is built on an aluminum space frame and most of its body panels, including the hood and fenders, are made from a recyclable plastic resin that’s impact resistant. That brings the weight down so that the 2.2L four-cylinder turbodiesel doesn’t have to work as hard to make the car go. The diesel features Mitsu’s MIVEC valve timing technology, as well as direct injection and piezoelectric injectors. It requires no urea injection to meet our strict emissions standards for diesels, instead relying on a smorgasbord of traps, filters and catalytic converters. Despite its formidable green cred, the 2.2L mill produces just over 200 HP and 310 ft-lbs. of torque. Like the best Eclipses of old, it sends power to all four wheels, though through a more modern Twin Clutch SST transmission. Mitsubishi’s Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) also keeps the car planted by coordinating the efforts of a variety of systems, including the brakes, stability control, steering and damping.

  (371) posted on 11.27.2007

The last 3 concept cars that Mitsubishi has unveiled have had diesel engines. I like the sound of this...

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