By James Bergeron

Photo Gallery:
2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart Sportback

Day 1:

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart
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Somewhat fittingly, that this week I am in a rally-inspired car since I will be doing my own rallycross on Saturday. I won’t be taking this car — too risky — but I’m sure it would be a blast! This week, I am zipping around town in a Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart — phew, that’s a mouthful. I’d classify this week’s car as Mitsubishi’s answer to the Subaru WRX, an answer that Subaru counter-punched with the more-powerful WRX265 earlier this year.

The Lancer Ralliart, for those not familiar, is essentially a de-tuned Evolution, which competes with the STi from Subaru. The Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart starts at $33,498, the Subaru WRX at $31,895 and the WRX265 at $34,895 — somewhat convenient that those prices line up so well.

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart
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My tester is optioned with the only available option package, called the “Premium Package,” which adds quite the hefty sum to the price of the vehicle: $5000. The package does add a lot of content, though, including: a 30GB HDD navigation system with music server, a DVD player capable of playing movies when parked, a power glass sunroof, leather / fabric Recaro seats, FAST key system, bluetooth connectivity for your cellphone, automatic headlights and rain sensing wipers.

The standard Lancer Ralliart package includes a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine outputting 237hp and 253-lb/ft of torque. Power is driven to the wheels through the standard Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission, Mitsubishi’s computerized dual-clutch manual, similar to that in the Nissan GT-R and the Volkswagen group’s DSG transmission.

And, of course, it may be difficult to tell from the photos, but the Sportback is a 5-door configuration, or what some like to call a wagon. Love it or hate it, it’s practical and we can even consider this a hot hatch!

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart
MSRP as tested (including destination): $40,058

For more information on Mitsubishi and the Lancer visit Mitsubishi Canada

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