In the past, Mitsubishi's Ralliart badge only stood for appearance packages, but the new Lancer Ralliart changes that. The car is now a budget Evo.
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With a turbocharged engine, all-wheel-drive, and a twin clutch gearbox, the Lancer Ralliart shares more with the Evo than with the base front-wheel-drive Lancer economy car.
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Major body styling is the same across the Lancer line, with the big, open grille, but the Ralliart and Evo also get hood vents and a spoiler.
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The Lancer Ralliart's engine is a turbocharged 2-liter four cylinder making 237 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque.
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The profile of the Ralliart looks as sporty as the Evo's, but it can't lose its economy car dimensions.
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The suspension in the Lancer Ralliart isn't as stiff as the Evo's, but you will still feel the road.
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The all-wheel-drive system underlying the Lancer Ralliart is similar to that found in the ninth-generation Evo, and lacks some more advanced features of the newest Evo.
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The cabin definitely shows the car's economy roots, with hard plastics across the dashboard. But leather around the wheel and shifter feels good.
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Steering feels nice and sharp in the Lancer Ralliart, although when really pushed, there is some understeer.
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A monochrome display sits between tachometer and speedometer, useful for showing a variety of information, such as all-wheel-drive settings or trip data.
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The Sport Shift Transmission has six gears and two clutches. It is automated, so you don't need a clutch pedal, and delivers precise and quick shifts.
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Mitsubishi includes column-mounted paddle shifters for the transmission's manual mode.
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Bluetooth phone integration comes standard on the Lancer Ralliart.
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The phone system is basic, only allowing dialing by number. It doesn't have advanced phonebook capabilities.
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