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.
WRX Takes On Ralliart: Subaru vs. Mitsubishi
FOR MORE WRX VS. RALLIART:
Stuff the 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX into a corner, and you know it deserves a
rematch with the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.
It's no less refined than the 2008 WRX, but it goes in without paralyzing
understeer and doesn't keel over as soon as you load the outside tires.
Provoke it and you'll get some attitude. When you're back on the throttle
hard at the exit, there's no rush to grab 3rd gear. Rescued from last
year's rev-starved funk, the 2.5-liter boxer-4 engine wants to see its
6,500-rpm redline again.
Most important, the 2009 Subaru Impreza WRX isn't trying so hard to
distance you from the drive. It rewards your efforts in the cockpit — one
of the things that made the previous-generation WRX so likable.
Probably this is also why the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart is so
involving to drive. Introduced last summer, this Lancer Ralliart is the
long-awaited head-on challenge to the WRX dynasty and it kicked the 2008
WRX while it was down. Even compared to the 2009 WRX, Mitsubishi's Ralliart
is a flashier package. It has mechanical limited-slip differentials both
front and rear, a very neat automated dual-clutch gearbox, Recaro seats and
the schnoz of a tiger shark. Evo Jr. has a nice stiff chassis, too.
If the homely gray Subaru has any shot at winning here, it will have to do
more with less.
New Mazdaspeed 3 Full Test Video by Inside Line
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We're the first to strap our testing gear to the heavily revised 2010
Mazdaspeed 3 and we'll get the bad news out of the way first. Here goes:
It's slower than the old car.
Among the many bits of good news is that it's faster than the outgoing model.
Topless & Clutchless: 2008 BMW M3 Convertible With M DCT
LEARN MORE ABOUT THE NEW BMW M3:
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.
2008 Subaru Impreza WRX vs. 2007 Mazdaspeed 3 by Inside Line
For Edmunds' Inside Line article:
Sport compacts have it hard. Cars like the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX and the
2007 Mazdaspeed 3 — along with competitors like the Honda Civic Si, Mini
Cooper S and Volkswagen GTI — are expected to do mutually contradictory
things with something approaching perfection. They're supposed to be quick
but economical; athletic but comfortable; sporty but practical. Oh yeah,
and they can't cost a lot.
Go ahead and dream the impossible dream.
Mazdaspeed 3 vs 350Z nismo
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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.
Shot and produced by: Matthew Avery
Edited by: Lindsay Bjerregaard
Ice Bowl! - EVO Vs STI Snow Challenge
We put two hot rally rockets on ice to find out which one excels in extreme
snow conditions. Read the story here:
Chevy Cobalt SS vs. 09 WRX, Mazdaspeed 3, and Four Other Sport Compacts - CAR and DRIVER
Dirty speed, done dirt cheap: Having trouble finding driving thrills at a
reasonable price? Slip into one of these seven hot compacts.
Chevy Cobalt SS vs. Honda Civic Si and Five Other Sport Compacts -
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Mitsubishi Twin-Clutch SST Transmission - Lancer RalliArt
MPGomatic takes a closer look at the Twin-Clutch SST Transmission in the
2009 Lancer RalliArt, with a review of shift points at varying applications
of throttle. [ Full Review:
Subaru Impreza WRX STI vs. VW R32 vs. Mitsu Lancer Evo GSR - CAR and DRIVER
Rochambeau À Go-Go: When an economy car is transformed into a
four-wheel-drive hot rod, three very different things can happen.
Subaru STI vs. Mitsubishi Evo vs. VW R32 - Comparison Tests
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2010 Mazdaspeed 3
First unofficial viewing of the Mazdaspeed 2010 in North America. This was
shot at a local TorontoMazda3.ca meet in Woodbridge (at La Paloma's).