They say that a classic engagement ring has three diamonds, two smaller ones flanking a larger, more dazzling specimen. With the name Mitsubishi meaning “three diamonds”, you could easily see the latest Colt range as being the three diamonds on a ring – they’re certainly an engaging band of cars. And the dazzling sparkler in the middle of these three would have to be the Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart.
Now, at first glance, the Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart almost (but not quite!) looks like the other striking looking Colt hatchbacks, which does mean it looks pretty good. But look closer at the details. That little Ralliart logo on the rear end (and the sports spoiler, 16” alloy wheels and fog lamps that are unique to the Ralliart version of the Mitsubishi Colt) gives a hint that looks aren’t everything and there’s more to this Colt than meets the eye. Maybe that air outlet in the bonnet hood and the side airdams give you a clue. In Mitsubishi’s world, Ralliart means excellence and plenty of oomph.
And there certainly is plenty of oomph on tap with the Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart’s 1.5 litre MIVEC intercooled turbocharged engine. Press down the alloy-trim pedals and the Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart guns away, putting the maximum power of 113 kW to work at 6000 rpm and the maximum torque of 210 Nm at 3500 rpm. The front strut suspension and rear suspension iron out the road beautifully smoothly – and sportily – and the high performance brakes (with ABS and EBD) are capable of bringing the equally high performance tyres to a complete stop at short notice when you need to. The economy is surprisingly good for such a nippy unit: 6.7 l/100km average figure, which isn’t bad at all.
Other points of difference between the Mitsubishi Colt-Ralliart and the others in the Colt range include the sports seats and steering wheel, which are a clear reflection of Mitsubishi’s Ralliart sporting and rallying tradition, as is the white sports instrument cluster. The leather gear change lever knob is another luxurious point of difference – the Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart is a five-speed manual – because what’s a top-notch car without a bit of leather somewhere in the interior trim? If you want a few sounds while you try out your driving skills – or try out the Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart’s paces, whichever way you like to think of it – then you’ll get them from the radio (AM and FM), MP3s or up to 6 CDs, pumping out of the four speakers.
The Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart has the comfort features common to all Colts, obviously, such as air conditioning, power windows and cupholders. And the Colt Ralliart also has the safety features such as the dual airbags, Mitsubishi’s doughty RISE bodyshell, and the collapsible steering wheel.
Of course, the Colt Ralliart is the most expensive of the little Mitzis – it is the top of the range model, after all. But you certainly get what you pay for – no doubt about that.
The current model series includes the:
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