San Francisco: You
may not have been thinking about Mitsubishi lately. Sure, the new
Eclipse is great looking and fast, but you need more room. That Lancer
Evolution is a little too, well, exuberant for you. Mitsubishi makes
SUVs, but doesnít everybody? Well, before you wander into some Toyota or
Honda dealership, think about this. The new 2007 Mitsubishi Galant
Ralliart is a great reason to remember Mitsubishi.
Ordinary Galants keep up with the midsize competition by offering a 160
horsepower four in their regular models. Thatís nice, but the Ralliart
gives you 258 horses from a 3.8-liter V6, and an equal number of lb.-ft
of torque to go with it. And with most of that torque available at low
rpmís, the Ralliart jumps out when you step on it, will race to 60 mph
in just 6.5 seconds, and thatís very competitive for a midsize sedan.
Mitsubishi uses electronic valve timing to maximize the power delivery,
their version is called MIVEC, which sounds like Russian, but isnít.
If you want a manual transmission, sorry, you canít have one. But donít
worry - the five-speed automatic has Sportronic, so you can pick the
gear you want and stay in it as long as you want without worrying about
any pesky clutches.
Thereís more to this car besides rocket performance. The Galant itself
was restyled recently, but the Ralliart gets a new nose that unsplits
the grille. Itís now one black mesh mouth with a chrome surround
molding. The raised, tapered hood bulge still rolls over the front, but
it wears a bold Mitsubishi logo now instead of body colored paint. The
headlamp covers are smoked, for a mysterious, sunglass-wearing cool kind
The Ralliart wheels are 18ís, thatís big for a car, but not freakish
like some of the custom sedans out there today. They look like crossed
swords, very sharp. The main change to the rear of the car is the
adoption of clear tail lamp lenses, for the desirable aftermarket look.
The lenses continue up onto the rear deck, so you find yourself looking
down into them. Different, to say the least.
Inside, my Ultra Red Pearl test car featured an interior that would
satisfy any Raiderís fan, black with lots of silver accents. The feeling
is strong, capable, and powerful. The Ralliart gets its own unique
leather seat design, aluminum brake and accelerator pedals, and, of
course, Ralliart logos where you can see them.
This car is roomier than some other sports sedans, and that can come in
handy, especially for rear seat passengers. Itís a safe place to be,
too, with standard side curtain airbags complementing the normal
assortment of passive restraints.
The Ralliart is all about loads of standard features. You get Sirius
satellite radio with six months free to try it out. Satellite radio, in
case you havenít heard it yet, is an almost perfect audio entertainment
provider. Through the standard 360-watt Rockford Acoustic Design system,
the music, news, sports, and commentary pours over you as you drive. You
can change your environment too, with presets for Concert, Club, Studio,
and, if youíre not feeling adventurous, Normal. The steering wheel audio
remote controls are on the back of the spokes, so you can make
adjustments easily without looking away from the road.
You wonít hear much else with the Ralliart, except a welcome hint of
deep engine rumble as you zoom along. The car feels solid and serene at
freeway speeds, and thanks to special suspension enhancements, itís
nimble and quick around town. Mitsubishi installed higher-rate springs
and dampers and a heavier rear stabilizer bar. The low-profile 235/45R
all-season tires help keep you planted, too.
Many cars offer touch screens, but the Ralliartís is actually easy to
use. You can choose from English, French, or Spanish, and the main
selection buttons are quarter-sized spots spaced far enough apart that
you canít hit the wrong one by mistake or miss it entirely. When some
cars screens display the title and artist for the songs, they cut them
off short, sometimes creating funny words. This carís display scrolls
them, so you can read more of the information that you get while
enjoying satellite radio.
The only downside to satellite radio is the occasional dropouts when you
pass under an overpass or a large tree, and this car was not immune.
Itís just something you live with, I guess. Itíll probably be solved in
a year or two.
So, are you interested yet? Maybe youíd like to know how much this
little hot rod will cost you. Well, how about $27,624, including
delivery charges? Does that make that BMW seem a little less absolutely
necessary now? If you like the looks of the Ralliart, but want to save a
few bucks, the Galant GTS gets a 230-horsepower version of the V6, loses
the 18-inch wheels, and lists for two Grand less. The base level DE
comes in at a miserly $20,524, but Iím guessing youíre finding the
Ralliart much more interesting, arenít you? Remember Mitsubishi!
Steve Schaefer © AutoWire.Net - San Francisco
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