2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart new car reviews

The Lancer Ralliart: not as radical as the Evo, but it still sports a turbo.
A vented aluminum hood is standard.
Also standard: turbo power.
More standard equipment: twin-clutch transmission. No traditional manual box is offered on the Ralliart.
The Ralliart also gets a tasteful, sporty interior.

Better than: standard Lancer
But not as good as: Lancer Evolution
GRM Bang For The Buck Index: 83.23

Contrary to popular belief, the Lancer lineup contains more than the Evo. It's true. There's also the standard-issue Lancer, and the Ralliart is the hottest version.

The Ralliart package adds a 2.0-liter turbo engine with front-mounted intercooler, all-wheel drive, helical front limited-slip, mechanical rear limited-slip and 18x7.5-inch wheels. Only one gearbox is available, a twin-clutch Sportronic shift transmission. The rest of the car receives a few other sporty touches, including an aluminum hood, Yokohama Advan summer tires and a leather steering wheel.

Why not just get the fire-breathing Evolution? Well, the Ralliart is a bit less expensive: $28,445 base price versus $34,755 for the Evolution GSR and $37,955 for the twin-clutch-equipped Evolution MR. You'd basically be trading some bells, whistles and horsepower for dollars.

Speaking of dollars, our test car also had a $3100 Ralliart Touring Package that added leather seating surfaces, Rockford-Fosgate sound system, HID headlights, heated front seats and a tasteful lip spoiler--a rear wing is standard.

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Tom Heath Tom Heath
UberDork

The Lancer Ralliart appeals to me more than the other turbocharged offerings in the Mitsubishi lineup. It still amazes me that Mitsubishi offers a Lancer at prices ranging from about $16,000 for the base Lancer all the way up to nearly $40,000 for the full-zoot Lancer Evolution MR.

David S. Wallens David S. Wallens
Editorial Director

I am continuing to dig these twin-clutch transmissions, although this one acted a little funny at first--and that's more "funny peculiar" vs. "funny ha-ha." It was almost like the transmission had been slipped some roofies--kinda of slow to shift gears. It eventually emerged from its fog, and then it was back to delivering the rapid-fire shifts that define these transmissions.

The rest of the car? Nice ergonomics and good power. I'd like a few less squeaks, though, as something in the dash wasn't totally kosher.

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Robert Bowen
Robert Bowen
12/13/10 3:02 p.m.

I really like these cars, and I have spent a lot of time between the wheel of all versions. Yeah it's pricey but street prices are a good $3000 less than the sticker. And mostly you are buying that transmission - there are not many cars in that price range with an automated-manual like the Ralliart's.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/13/10 11:35 p.m.

Yeah, Robert raises two good points--and you are paying for that transmission. I know that we all like to roll our own, but the twin-cluch transmissions are very cool.

pinchvalve
pinchvalve MegaDork
12/15/10 3:18 p.m.

When will we see three and four clutch transmissions? How about a clutch for every gear? Just kidding. I don't see the Ralliart as much of an alternative as the WRX is to the STi.

dsycks
dsycks Reader
1/5/11 5:43 a.m.

I think Mitsu needs to understand that most of America has no idea what they are paying for (as far as the twin clutch goes) and others of us who do, don't care. They try to make the Ralliart a cost effective option to the Evo and in turn take on the WRX at a strong price point but go and add extras that harm their ability to meet the bottom line.

Strip it out, keep it simple and bring back a car in the spirit of the Evo RS and I'll own another one.

wemay
wemay None
4/26/12 5:35 p.m.

Absolutely the best car i have ever owned (including EVO VIII, Cooper S, WRX). The Ralliart strikes the perfect balance for the enthusiast that also uses his car for family outings, outdoorsmanship and working 9-5, dealing with traffic on a daily basis. But on the weekend when the cones are set up, its as aggresive and engaging as anything on the road in its same class. Cudos Mitsubishi! The TC-SST is wornderful.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
12/10/13 12:00 a.m.

Contrary to popular belief, the Lancer lineup contains more than the Evo. It's true. There's also the standard-issue Lancer, and the Ralliart is the hottest version.

The Ralliart package adds a 2.0-liter turbo engine with front-mounted intercooler, all-wheel drive, helical front limited-slip, mechanical rear limited-slip and 18x7.5-inch wheels. Only one gearbox is available, a twin-clutch Sportronic shift transmission. The rest of the car receives a few other sporty touches, including an aluminum hood, Yokohama Advan summer tires and a leather steering wheel.

Why not just get the fire-breathing Evolution? Well, the Ralliart is a bit less expensive: $28,445 base price versus $34,755 for the Evolution GSR and $37,955 for the twin-clutch-equipped Evolution MR. You'd basically be trading some bells, whistles and horsepower for dollars.

Speaking of dollars, our test car also had a $3100 Ralliart Touring Package that added leather seating surfaces, Rockford-Fosgate sound system, HID headlights, heated front seats and a tasteful lip spoiler--a rear wing is standard.

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