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Mitsubishi Galant VR4


Mitsubishi Galant VR4

The Galant which was launched in 1987 didn't look like a performance car, with its dull, boxy shape. However, in VR-4 form it was a formidable rally car, with Pentti Arikkala driving the car to victory in the British Lombard-RAC Rally. The car was packed with high-tech gadgetry in a way only Mitsubishi knew how. Its Active Four system had 4WD, four-wheel steer which would alter the rear wheel angle by up to 1.5 degrees under 32mph (51km/h), plus anti-lock brakes and all-round independent suspension with MacPherson struts up front and double wishbones at the rear. Also fitted was electronically controlled suspension, with the world's first active ride in a production car, and it used electronic valves in the shocks to limit roll in corners and pitch during acceleration or braking. The multi-valve, twin-cam engine used an intercooled turbo which in rally form could hit 290bhp (216kW).

Mitsubishi Galant VR4 Specifications

Top speed:135 mph (216 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):6.4 sec
Engine type:In-line four
Displacement:122 ci (1,997 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:195 bhp (145 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Max torque:203 lb ft (275 Nm) @ 3,000 rpm
Weight:3,250 lb (1,477 kg)
Economy:28mpg(10km/l)
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