But the new 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart takes performance to another level. Equipped with a 2.4-liter, SOHC, four-cylinder engine, the Lancer Ralliart uses variable valve technology, automatically alternating camshaft profiles to optimize engine performance across the rev range. This new, high-revving, higher-displacement engine improves efficiency, reduces emissions and increases output, developing 162 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and an equally impressive 162 pound-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm.
Over the years, Mitsubishi's racing success has been due in great part to the efforts of Ralliart, the high-performance and motorsports arm of Mitsubishi Motors. So it should come as no surprise that the addition of the Ralliart badge to the Lancer nameplate is more than mere cosmetics. Previously powered solely by a 2.0-liter engine, the 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart edition adds a 162 horsepower, 2.4-liter, MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing and lift Electronic Control) four-cylinder engine to the Lancer lineup. The Ralliart edition also includes a sport-tuned suspension, upgraded brakes, wheels, tires and exhaust, and revised aesthetic treatments both inside and out. With the Lancer Ralliart, Mitsubishi proves once again that just because a car is sporty and fun to drive doesn't mean it can't be affordable.
Five model years after we said the 2004 Lancer Ralliart "shows off all that’s good with products" we’re driving a 2009 Lancer Ralliart with 46 percentmore horsepower than before and an AWD system pulled from the previous-generation EVO. Although styling is subjective, we’d argue the styling has taken a 46 percentleap forward as well, especially with the shark nose and tastefully designed hood.