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Mitsubishi prices 2010 Lancer Sportback Ralliart from $27,590

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With Subaru's defection from sedan to hatch-only status for the WRX STI, some fans lost their love for the rally-bred monster and started eying the heretic's choice: the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X. But fans of the Lancer have so far been stuck with the opposite problem: no hatchback.

That problem is solved, however - or at least nearly so. There won't be a hatchback version of the Evo X, but the previously announced Lancer Sportback GTS and Ralliart models have been priced for the U.S. today, and with starting prices of just $19,190 for the GTS with a five-speed manual and $27,590 for the 237-horsepower, twin-clutch Ralliart version, there's sure to be some serious cross-shopping going on for Subaru and Mitsubishi fans alike.

Tuning potential for the Ralliart model is huge - it uses a detuned version of the same 4B11 engine found in the Evo X - and with its use of the TC-SST dual-clutch transmission and standard AWD with active center differential, the Sportback Ralliart is one of the best values on the market, priced almost dead even with Subaru's manual-shifted WRX Premium.

For more on the Sportback, including details on the GTS and more on the Ralliart, check out our story on their confirmation for U.S. sale.
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  1. VW GTI is a better buy!
     
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  2. Hmm....37 fewer horsepower, FWD only, no turbo, no 4B11 engine, and only $4K less (in base trim)?

    Sorry, I'm gonna have to disagree. The Lancer Ralliart is a better car stock, and it has a lot more potential than the GTI.

    If I had the money to buy the GTI, but not the Lancer, I'd wait and save for the Lancer.
     
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  3. Americans do not want hatchbacks period. Incredible, but true.
     
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  4. Americans didn't want 4 cylinder gas sippers either but I believe that's changing.
     
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  5. GTI not a better buy I'll agree with that. Nelson, GTI's are turbo charged though. i'd take the GTI looks over this ugly thing any day. The current Raliart looks nice, this variant... ewww.
    I'll expand on your comment.
    If i had the money to buy a GTI, I'd wait and buy a used EVO... bypass any of the EVO lights.

    also us Americans have NO problem buying hatchbacks! just when the price tag goes above $25K we start to waiver. Tons of sporty Mini's, GTI's, and Mazda 3 hatches on the road. The Volvo C30(?), the VW R32 and this half-breed will not sell as well in the States. If I'm spending much over $25K for a hatch you better believe it would have to be an STI or a used BMW M coupe.
     
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  6. GTI not a better buy I'll agree with that. Nelson, GTI's are turbo charged though. i'd take the GTI looks over this ugly thing any day. The current Raliart looks nice, this variant... ewww.
    I'll expand on your comment.
    If i had the money to buy a GTI, I'd wait and buy a used EVO... bypass any of the EVO lights.

    also us Americans have NO problem buying hatchbacks! just when the price tag goes above $25K we start to waiver. Tons of sporty Mini's, GTI's, and Mazda 3 hatches on the road. The Volvo C30(?), the VW R32 and this half-breed will not sell as well in the States. If I'm spending much over $25K for a hatch you better believe it would have to be an STI or a used BMW M coupe.

    Good call on the turbo...don't know what I was thinking.

    But the point being, you don't see a lot of 500whp GTIs rolling around. 4B11-engined cars, on the other hand...

    But yes, you can always get a better deal buying used. That's not really a fair comparison. For cars that are in similar price brackets/body styles/market segments, the GTI-Sportback Ralliart comparo is pretty fair.
     
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  7. Looks pretty good to me.
     
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  8. mitsubishi has a real possibility to become a power in the automotive industry, they are leading the way in ev's this is there shot to become something and they see it, i am hoping to get an er-ev as my next car.
     
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  9. The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer was never meant to be a high-performance machine like its supped-up counterpart, the Lancer Evolution. Still, it fulfills its mission well as a daily driver. "While we knew that the Lancer wouldn't be a hard-core driver's car".
    Lichi
     
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  10. By the spring you’ll be able to easily buy a Ralliart for the price of a GTI or less. Problem with this or any Mitsu is the beating you’ll get at trade-in time.
     
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