2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart Sportback review – PerformanceDrive

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the Ralliart doesn’t have the Super Active Yaw Control, and is down on power (177kW with 217kW), don’t for a second that it isn’t a to drive. It’s very

And it#8217;s $18K cheaper.




Reversing camera

Electric rear vision mirror monitor

New design 18-inch alloy – from 10 spoke to eight

New gloss black interior panels – I/P garnish, door garnish and floor console

New material


We took the 2012 Lancer Sportback out for a day of trial and tribulation to local mountainous (tarmac) to find out just how much of a it was.

Right away, you it has Evolution in its roots. There#8217;s inherent on-rails character. As we it more and more, the all-wheel-drive allows it grip like a cat on a pole.

Through the corners you can a tight line, and if are game to push the Ralliart beyond its the factory active stability and active traction control cut in and do its best to keep you on the straight and

The turbocharged 2.0-litre 4B11 eagerly builds torque down low in the rev range, resulting in freight-train pull turbocharged are known for.

The turbocharger on the Lancer Ralliart Sportback a titanium wheel, thus the Ralliart to be almost lag-free. The you demand power, it pushes into the engine, with like its supercharged. We get the idea the engine is up to just about any you throw at it, be it hills, bends, or acceleration. It’s a battler.

A thoroughbred. Much like its brother.

And then there’s the Like the Evolution X MR, it features the Clutch Sport Shift (TC-SST). There’s six well-spaced to sift through.

You can opt to leave it in mode, or use the paddles mounted on the column.

Like all dual-clutch the TC-SST uses two input shafts; one that carries 3rd, 5th and reverse ratios, and the with 2nd, 4th and 6th. allows the gearbox to preload the gear in advance. Whenever a is selected, it#8217;s simply a of the electronically controlled twin wet swapping from one shaft to the #8211; essentially, you#8217;re cog swaps in the time it takes to a clutch in a manual (under one

There are two console-mounted settings you can select with TC-SST. Normal #8211; which is the setting used for day-to-day with fuel efficiency and in mind #8211; and Sport which is there for when you like driving with offering improved accelerator and faster gear changes, and driven in automatic mode, are engaged at higher revs downchanges are made once the drop below around

The turbocharged MIVEC 2.0-litre engine found in the Lancer is a great engine, but it’s not a great-sounding contraption. The bassy from the 4G63 that you may is replaced by a more shriek-ish game) sound. What to that old fist-pumping, rumble and sound?

Another red mark the engine is the fact that it like a drink, just in the Lancer Evolution. During our the car averaged 12.7L/100km, while the rating is 9.8L/100km. The economy is than ideal, even it offers cracking performance, are other cars around offer equal acceleration using less fuel.


The Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart feels very natural to at speed. The steering is very weighted during quick changes, and there is no sign of on corner entry, only on if you push the go-pedal a touch too

The Ralliart’s ride is a nice for comfort and sporty driving, an inclination to be more firm soft. It soaks up lumps and well, and stays composed travelling over undulated Whereas the Evolution is an absolute of torture, the Lancer Ralliart has the person in mind, and doesn’t your back out at the sign of a pot

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The Ralliart’s brake pedal some serious confidence, like the engine. While you can get serious deceleration from via the flappy-paddle #8216;box, the brakes are up to the task. There’s no apparent fade, just face-peeling


One of the Sportback’s forte is accommodation. boot space is actually compared with the sedan litres vs the Sportback’s 288 litres) you the option of folding the 60:40-spilt down for extra room litres). The extra space is useful should you want to band equipment, or buy a new TV.

Trim in the Lancer Ralliart is very The seats are covered in a nice-to-touch and grey mesh material. The seats aren’t anything a pair of Recaros you get in the full-blown but they do a liberal job of keeping upper-body supported.

Like most modern the 2012 Lancer Ralliart is with luxuries such as control, power windows, locking, cruise control, wheel audio controls, and new to the Lancer Ralliart model is parking sensors, and rear camera displayed inset the rearview mirror.

If you’re up, go for the $4000 ‘Luxury Pack’. includes Mitsubishi#8217;s Multi System (MMCS) that satellite navigation, a nine Rockford Fosgate premium system (with 4 tweeters and high intensity discharge headlamps, power driver#8217;s Bluetooth phone connectivity, input jack, iPod cable, audio input headlamp washers, and leather


For us, the Lancer is right up there on our everyday car wish list. Its cool is well above the normal and the respect you get from other Mitsu’ fans makes you apart of an exclusive club.

Its potential is huge, too. just a few upgrades, the Lancer could easily spit out over 200kW at the wheels, or to make mince meat of Subaru Impreza WRX rivals.

The Ralliart is a much easier car to with everyday compared the Evolution. The ride, while firm, isn’t going to your back, and chances of you targeted by police is minimal to it’s more serious brother, thanks to its sedated

It’s a well-groomed car with the in mind. Yet in this Sportback it gives you the ability to carry out a diverse lifestyle. Should you buy one a WRX? The Lancer Ralliart is a more refined vehicle, more technology, and it#8217;s to drive at the limit.

If these are important to, we suggest the Ralliart. And if is up there in your checklist, even more reason to go the However, if you can#8217;t get enough of boxer throb, the Subaru in the sound department.



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