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Car Tech Video: Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart
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Car Tech Video: Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart

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The 2007 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart falls short as a sport-tuned sedan, and its cabin electronics are a mixed bag. We love its efficient engine, and its stereo is fun for blasting loud rock and roll, but torque steer and a lack of refinement bring it down

>> So you really want a Lancer Evo [assumed spelling], but you got a family, and you might scare yourself bad in one of those. Here's the alternative. Mitsubishi's Galant Ralliart. Let's check it out. ^M00:00:09 [ music ] ^M00:00:15 [ background music ] Now inside our Galant Ralliart is an interesting, though somewhat sparse array of technology. First of all let's get out of the way what it doesn't have, so you're not getting your hopes up. Bluetooth, no. iPod adapter optional, but not in our car. AUX jack, no, although you've got plenty of twelve volt jacks all over the place. But there are no AUX jacks paired off with them, that's kind of odd. And we're missing things like a backup camera, but that's not really necessary on a car of this size and scope. Now let's get on to what we do have. First of all, this Rockford branded audio system is standard on the Ralliart, and it's a real thumper. This thing's got a whole mess of low end in it. It also comes with Sirius satellite radio standard, six months activation when you buy the car. Beyond that, in-dash six disc changer, MP3, yada ya, we've seen this all before. Now let's go to the really interesting part of this car. This display looks like it pops up and down, it doesn't. But it does a lot of other things that are very interesting. First of all, everything is touch screen, quite audacious. If I go back to the main menu you'll see what we can do here. We have navigation of course, audio, there's also a trip computer that is very strange. It has not just the usual sorts of average fuel economy and all that, and done in a very nice way, it'll also give you graphic display of the same information. And if you go to another page, because you know, we're on this whole overgrown rally driver theme here, here's your lap time counter. Start a lap, go do a hot lap, yada yada yada, go as fast as you can, and then stop that. You know, you do a lot of that out in the mall in front of Target. Now let's go to the navigation on this thing. Not a bad looking display, we found it does directional computation quite readily. And again, you've got a pretty straightforward interface. This seems to be unique. I don't recall another car like this. Now a couple of interesting subtleties about this. Here's my nav screen up on there. And now if I go to my radio controls and want to change the source, notice it spawns a little flyover window. Now if I go make a change on the climate control, let's say I go here and I start changing my mode, again I get a flyover window. And then if I want to go to the full screen and really dive into that, of course I have full screen for climate, also have full screen for audio if I want to go there as well. And if you aren't just a rally driving fan, but also are an amateur meteorologist, you're gonna love this car. It's got a beautiful graphical display of your altimeter and your outside temperature. Now leaving our high touch electronics aside, let's move on to the other high touch thing in the center console, the gear shift. This automatically is your only choice in the power train, same thing with the engine we're about to take a look at. It's a five speed automatic, with of course the virtually ubiquitous shiftable gate. Now let's see what's putting power into that gearbox. Now under the hood in our dressed up Galant Ralliart, you'll find a three point eight liter V6 twenty four valve. Mivec [assumed spelling] is Mitsubishi's own variable valve timing in all the usual hotrod stuff that cranks out two hundred and fifty eight horsepower and an identical two hundred and fifty eight foot pounds of torque. Speaking of torque, you won't forget the torque because we found this car to be very torque steer-ish when you really get into it. And it's front wheel drive by the way. Not rear wheel, there's no all wheel drive option. This is a Galant, not an Evo. Front wheel drive only, so you're gonna feel it. Okay, let's price out our Galant Ralliart. This car is twenty seven six. The only major option we had in there was the navigation system with that clever touch screen display, that's about eighteen fifty. [ background music ] And the iPod adapter we didn't have would have been two hundred bucks. [ music ]

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