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Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart

The Ralliart Colt is a car that we’ve been long waiting for. We loved the Daihatsu Charade turbo and bemoaned the missing GTTi. The fast Familia and the incredible Kei class Japanese were more cars we never saw in decent numbers. But now we have just such a pocket rocket – and if it costs a bit more than we’d really like; well, it also has more capability than we ever expected.

So enough of the hyperbole: what of the facts?

Under the bonnet – equipped with specific-for-Ralliart exit louvres – you’ll find a 1468cc 4G15 turbo and intercooled engine. The long stroke design (bore is 75.5mm and stroke 82mm) uses a very high compression ratio for a turbo engine – being quoted at variably 9 or 10:1. Peak power is 113kW at 6000 rpm (redline is 6500 and cut-out at 6700 rpm), while peak torque is developed at a high-ish 3500 rpm. While that’s not high for older turbo cars, it’s certainly way up there for a current turbo engine – and you can feel it on the road. No boost gauge is provided but it feels like lots starts happening at only about 2800 rpm. However, it should be said that on a flowing road, the Ralliart Colt is very seldom caught off-boost.

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Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart
Japanese Import Car, New & Used Car, 2007