Street Fight: WRX v Lancer Ralliart v Mazdaspeed 3
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Thanks to three turbochargers, 724 horsepower and five limited-slip differentials, comparing the 2008 Mazdaspeed 3, 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX and 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart should be more entertaining than a cage match between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and New Kids on the Block. Imagine the fun! Donny and Danny hangin' tough from the walls of the cage while Joey, Jordan and Jonathan get tossed into the crowd.
The way we see it, our Rampage vs. New Kids bout is no different from pitting the Mazdaspeed 3 — the current champ of the sport compact world — against the Lancer Ralliart and Subaru WRX. On the track, an epic ass-kicking is bound to ensue.
But comparison tests aren't always won on the track. Since these cars all share a focus on real-world driving for enthusiasts, we weighted performance as 25 percent of this test's scoring total, leaving the remaining points to price (20 percent), feature content (20 percent), fuel economy (15 percent), our subjective evaluation (15 percent) and personal and recommended picks (5 percent).
So performance is important, but in the end, the most well-rounded car wins.
Title Fight: 2008 Lancer Evo X vs. 2008 Subaru WRX STi
To complete our comparison, three editors submitted evaluation scores based
on their driving impressions, which were balanced against the realities of
price, performance and feature content. The results may surprise you.
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Ralli!: 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
When you line up the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart next to its
street-bred competitors, it might seem slow and expensive. But that's how a
bean counter would make his purchase decision. A guy like that draws a line
(with a straightedge) down the center of a sheet of graph paper to put
pluses on one side and minuses on the other. He'd never be able to get his
pointy head around the visceral experience the rally-inspired Ralliart
supplies. But he might just have another point to make here.
As they now exist, a front-wheel-drive Mitsubishi Lancer GTS with its
naturally aspirated 168-horsepower engine is priced
at $18,665, while the twin-scroll turbocharged 291-hp all-wheel-drive Evolution GSR
starts at $33,665. If we were to follow the accountant's rigid method of
finding the average of these two cars, it'd be a three-wheel-drive Lancer
with a single-scroll turbo making 229 hp
and costing $26,165. And if we would add the $1,500 price of the Evo MR's
state-of-the-art dual-clutch six-speed transmission with its shift paddles
on the steering wheel, our dream car's price would rise to $27,665.
And wouldn't you know it? That's almost exactly the price of the 2009
Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart. As a bonus, it has four-wheel drive (not three)
and 237 hp at no extra cost.
Topless & Clutchless: 2008 BMW M3 Convertible With M DCT
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We're on final approach into a tight corner, and our left index finger
stretches for the minus paddle behind the 2008 BMW M3 Convertible's small,
fat-rimmed steering wheel. All we want is a quick, rev-matched, 3-2
downshift from the car's seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Our downshift arrives in a violent, noisy spasm, a come-on to every sport
biker in the canyon. Yet it still feels like one of the most precise
gearchanges we've ever been able to take credit for. It also makes the BMW
M3's 4.0-liter V8 very happy. Back down in 2nd gear, the free-revving
engine howls to the bikers, and even through gusts of wind and gnats, we
hear it tell us how much it hates neutral throttle. If you're not working
this V8, you're killing it softly.
Messy emotions are inevitable when you're driving a hardtop-convertible
version of a legendary performance car, as the thrill of a sunburn on a
summer day has a way of obscuring unfortunate realities like excess curb
weight and reduced structural rigidity.
But there's nothing messy or emotional about BMW's new dual-clutch gearbox
(abbreviated as M DCT, or M DKG if you're German), which is all business in
all of its 11 shift modes. It's also such an effective replacement for the
2008 BMW M3's conventional manual transmission that we wonder if it's not a
greater threat to M-division purists than a bulky retractable hardtop.
2012 Honda Civic Si vs. 2012 MazdaSpeed3 Comparison
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'80s and '90s, these days the more powerful and aggressively styled
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Roadfly.com - 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart Road Test & Review
The Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart is the latest addition to the Lancer family.
The Ralliart is powered by a new 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC intercooled and turbocharged engine that delivers an
estimated 237 horsepower, 253 lb-ft of
For 2010 the Lancer comes in three trim levels. The regular base Lancer
sedan, the Ralliart and the Evolution X. The Ralliart has a few visual and
performance features which make it a lot of fun to drive. The Lancer is
most often compared to the Subaru WRX or STI and the Volkswagen GTI.
The Lancer Ralliart's full-time 4WD (all wheel drive) driveline features
Mitsubishi's Active Center Differential (ACD). The ACD unit employs an
electronically controlled multi-plate clutch center differential, vectoring
torque to the front and rear wheels according to different driving
EPA figures are: 19 mpg city / 25 mpg hwy
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2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart
Cars.com's Joe Wiesenfelder takes a look at the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer
Ralliart. It competes with the Subaru Impreza WRX and the Volkswagen GLI.
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