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    2008 Lancer launched!??...

    Just saw it on the Net

    I'm still unsure, because it seems way too early for a 2008 model!...

    But the website shows it, pricing is listed everywhere!...

    I found a review:



    First Test: 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS

    Mitsu's current Lancer proved a good basis on which to develop a halo machine like the rally-bred Evolution. But in Clark Kent-issue, econocar trim, the Lancer was a midpack offering at best. For 2008, Mitsubishi throws out everything but the nameplate and starts from a much better place.

    Although this ninth-generation Lancer shares some platform architecture with the Dodge Caliber, Jeep Compass, and Mitsubishi's own Outlander crossover, draw no conclusion from any of them. Nothing you can touch or see is the same. This Lancer is 1.3 inches longer in the wheelbase, 2.6 inches wider, and just a skosh shorter overall than the version it replaces and will be served in three different trim levels: base DE, luxury-equipped ES, and sport-tuned GTS.

    Stripped of the Evo's wings and wicked visage, the previous Lancer's design was as visually exciting as a worn bar of soap. This one's more interesting, with an aggressive face and a Volvo-ish profile. It looks nice from most angles, although the rear end is slabby and doesn't wear its taillights well. The GTS we spent the most time in appears downright edgy with its aggressive fascias, rear spoiler, and 18-inch rolling stock.



    Although performance versions will follow-more on that in a minute-the 2008 Lancer will be launched with one engine offering and a choice of two transmissions. The new 2.0-liter DOHC four is all aluminum (previous-gen Lancers employed an iron engine block) with MIVEC variable valve timing on the intake and exhaust cams. It's rated at 152 horsepower, while California's PZEV version has 143. The standard transmission is a five-speed manual, but the automatic offering moves the bar. It's a continuously variable transmission, aimed at enhancing performance and mileage over a conventional autobox. On the GTS, the Sportronic version of the CVT includes nifty steering-column-mounted aluminum shifter paddles that would look at home on a Ferrari. In manual mode, it has six stepped ratios to paddle up and down through.

    Mitsubishi is tired of being hammered over boring interiors and cut-rate materials. Much ground has been gained here. The cabin is better designed, appears well assembled, and is trimmed in plastics and surfaces of appropriate quality. It's no advance over the Civic or Mazda3's environs, but is now at least competitive. The GTS continues the racy treatment inside with supportive sport seats and is the only model offered with an optional Navigation and Technology package. One extra-cost feature not to be missed is the 650-watt Rockford-Fosgate Premium Audio system, which may be best in class. It sounds strong, clear, and appropriately thumpy. Seven airbags and a tire-pressure-warning system are standard, and there's adequate room in back for normal-size adults.

    2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS
    Base price: $17,900 (est)
    Price as tested: $21,000 (est)
    Vehicle layout: Front engine, FWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan
    Engine: 2.0L/152-hp/146-lb-ft DOHC 16-valve I-4
    Transmission: 5-speed manual
    Curb weight (f/r dist): 3032 lb (59/41%)
    Wheelbase: 103.7 in
    Length x width x height: 180.0 x 69.4x 58.7 in
    0-60 mph: 7.7 sec
    quarter mile: 16.0 sec @ 88.4 mph
    Braking, 60-0 mph: 117 ft
    600-foot slalom: 66.5 mph (avg)
    Lateral acceleration: 0.83 g (avg)
    MT Figure Eight: 27.5 sec @ 0.60 g (avg)

    The 2.0-liter GTS five-speed we tested ran 0-to-60 in 7.7 seconds, more than a match for the last 2.3-liter-equipped Mazda3 we tracked at eight seconds flat. The Lancer's engine is smooth enough, although not as sweet sounding as the Honda's. In our slalom test, the Mazda holds a slight advantage at 67.0 mph, versus the GTS's 66.5, although our Lancer numbers were obtained at a facility with slightly less grip, so the reality is likely a draw. The Lancer's chassis is structurally stiffer than before, which makes for more precise tuning of the suspension without a squeak, rattle, or groan to be heard. The steering turns in with confidence, body motions are well controlled, and understeer doesn't check in until you push the car hard. Think of its state of tune as sporty in a still-everyday-car kind of way.

    Props to the CVT transmission version, which we also drove. In automatic mode, it does the usual CVT thing of seamlessly moving the engine up and down the powerband. And it's a hoot in manual mode, with the "shifts" taking place the instant you pull a paddle. Just like an F1 video game.

    Our first impressions of the new Lancer are good. Perhaps other than the CVT, it doesn't reset any paradigms, but it puts Mitsu solidly in the compact-sedan game. No bad place.
    RX-7? An RX-7? Really? I hope you know it's just a sports car with a washing machine under the hood.

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    RX-7? An RX-7? Really? I hope you know it's just a sports car with a washing machine under the hood.

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    Sounds powerful and the looks are handsome too!!
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    gem_guy:

    I can feel your emotions bro :d ...! I'm eager for a test ride...!
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    lol..yeah!
    cant wait to see this thing against CIVIC
    RX-7? An RX-7? Really? I hope you know it's just a sports car with a washing machine under the hood.

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    Nice..........lancer is way better than civic.......
    I Love My Honda..!

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    If they can sort the sales/service/spares in Pk, It'll be a huge blow to the Civic's sales. It's ten times nicer looking than the Civic and it'll go really well too. Holding my breath...
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    @ gem_guy:

    Mazda-3 & new Sentra already took over the Civic bro, this should be another hard time for her :d ...!
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    nice car but front is not attractive
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    @ gem_guy
    well done brother nice work
    I am also a Lancer fan, when will this model is going to be launched in Pakistan

    It will surely give a tough time to the new civc
    more sportier & very hot interior
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    @garrsionian..thanx man...

    But i cant say anything about Dewan!..
    I'm just dyeing to see this thing here in the UAE!

    @atee bhai...
    This thing is flawless...inside and out!!...Civic's shud be crying
    Has it launched at your place already?
    RX-7? An RX-7? Really? I hope you know it's just a sports car with a washing machine under the hood.

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    I suppose this Lancer has been released in USA market.
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    Cant wait to see this is pakistan...

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    man lancer are nice cars but no ressle
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    @ gem_guy:

    Not yet bro, maybe later this year but for sure, we'll have it before you guys :d ...!
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    yea..most prolly..before us!...

    AND THIS TIME I REALLY WANT YOU TO TEST DRIVE!!...no bluffing!...lol
    RX-7? An RX-7? Really? I hope you know it's just a sports car with a washing machine under the hood.

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    Pakistan main aie hay.
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    It will probably hit pakistan by july-august 2008
    TIME is wat KEEPS everything from HAPPENING at ONCE

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    da cars awesum!!!
    bt gem.. isnt it too early for 2008???
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    I thought so too...it is too early...

    I dunno what Mitsubishi Motors is thinking...

    Maybe this is part of their policy of gaining market share in America!
    RX-7? An RX-7? Really? I hope you know it's just a sports car with a washing machine under the hood.

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