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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.
Street Fight: WRX v Lancer Ralliart v Mazdaspeed 3
CHECK OUT THE SPORT COMPACT COMPARISON:
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
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.
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.
Pontiac GTO vs. Subaru WRX STi Video by Edmunds' Inside Line
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Inside Line pits the Pontiac GTO against the Subaru WRX STi both on the
track and out on the streets of Los Angeles. It's King Kong vs. Godzilla
and only one can come away the winner.
2015 Subaru WRX First Drive Review
( http://www.TFLcar.com ) The 2015 Subaru WRX has an all new, horizontally
opposed four-cylinder engine that's turbocharged and intercooled. The aluminum,
direct-injected "boxer" makes 268 horsepower (at 5,600 rpm)
and 258 lbs-feet of torque from 2,000 -- 4,000 rpm. The 2015 Subaru WRX
gets a new six-speed manual transmission comes standard while a "Sport
Lineartronic™" continuously variable transmission (CVT) comes optional.
It features SI-DRIVE performance management with six-speed and eight-speed
manual shifting modes and steering wheel paddle shifters. The exterior is
nearly all new. The only exterior components shared with the Impreza are
the roof panel and deck-lid. Subaru is offering the 2015 Subaru WRX as a
sedan only. Check out another accurate, fun and informative TFLcar first
drive video review as Nathan test the new Subie in Northern California.
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Subaru R-STi - JDM vs USDM: A Friendly Rivalry -- /TUNED
In the US, we never got the best Subaru of them all, the first generation
WRX coupe, getting stuck with the fun-but-not-fast 2.5RS version. One of
the more popular upgrades for those cars is the "R-STi" drivetrain swap. In
the season premiere of Tuned, we look at two approaches: the USDM
drivetrain swap, and the JDM drivetrain swap. Which is better? You decide.
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
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:
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.
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Subaru AWD vs. Everyone Else
This video was a recap for Subaru Sales Associates and affiliates that
participated in a driving event pitting Subaru against its core
competition. These tests were repeated thousands of times, with the the
Sales Associates experiencing each event for themselves. This was NOT meant
for public consumption and is therefore not a propaganda video. This video
was a review for those people who experienced this driving event
themselves. All vehicles were stock, had stability and traction control
enabled if equipped, and were operated using the manufacturer's recommended
tire pressures. While this video depicts individual instances,these tests
were performed thousands of timeswith thousands of participants over a
period of two months. The intended audience of this video experienced first
hand the documented results.
Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart - Kelley Blue Book Interviews Bryan Arnett
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