The Japanese car maker will soon start selling its long-awaited 2009 Mitsubishi Galant Fortis Ralliart 4WD sedan. However, don’t hold your breath just yet: so far, the sporty four-wheel drive car will only be available as a Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) model. Later, though, when all certification procedures are completed and local servicemen properly trained, the car will also be sold in the United States and the European Union.
Known outside of Japan as the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart, the car is more powerful and sportier than a normal Lancer but stays a step behind the real Lancer EVO (you may put a respective Latin numeral here).
The Mitsubishi Galant Fortis Ralliart comes equipped with a detuned 4B11-type 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC engine outsourced from the Lancer EVO X.
Producing up to 240PS @ 6000rpm and 343 Nm (253 lb-ft) @ 3000rpm, the engine is mated to Mitsubishi’s own Twin Clutch SST automated manual transmission, which passes the power to a full-time 4WD system with a front helical limited slip differential, an active center differential and a mechanical limited slip differential.
The 4WD may work in three different modes: TARMAC for dry paved surfaces; GRAVEL for wet tarmac or loose unmade surfaces; and SNOW for snow-covered surfaces.
In Japan, the Galant Fortis Ralliart starts at ¥2,982,000 ($28,138 at the current exchange rate) and in the United States the Lancer Ralliart will be available under $27,000.
I’m afraid, in Europe it will cost around €40,000 or even more.
See also: 2008 Subaru Legacy STI S402 (JDM)