AUTOMOTIVE INSIGHT: Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart Aftermarket

August 12th, 2008 at 4:43pm

As heard on
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Lancer RalliartAftermarket tuners are going to have a field day with the new Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.

Mitsubishi’s new Lancer Ralliart is a fun-to-drive compact car with a turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive. It has 237 horsepower and 253 pound feet of torque. But here’s the thing, the Ralliart shares a bunch of parts with the faster and more expensive Lancer Evolution. They have the same engine block and internals, the same cylinder head and the same camshafts. They even share the same twin-clutch automatic transmission. But the Evolution makes a lot more power, 291 horsepower and 300 pound feet of torque.

The power difference comes mainly from the turbochargers. The Evo uses a larger twin-scroll turbo while the Ralliart has a smaller single scroll one. But putting a larger turbo on your Ralliart could easily get you 300 horsepower and probably a whole lot more.

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