The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, and to a lesser extent, the Lancer Ralliart, are two cars that don’t need any introduction here at MotorAuthority. Together with their closest rivals, the Subaru Impreza WRX and Impreza WRX STI, are some of the best performance bargains out there and anyone who purchases one is in store for a load of fun--and possibly going to lose some points on their license.
That’s because the Lancer Ralliart, which is priced from around $27k, comes packing a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with loads of tuning potential. In stock form the engine already outputs 237 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque, and matched to its dual clutch transmission and all-wheel drive system offers a very unique option in this segment.
Remember, this powertrain setup is essentially a detuned version of the one in the high-performance Lancer Evolution and at this price level we think it’s a bargain. It also gets the Lancer Evolution’s lightweight...