Currently Mitsubishi has nothing to offer those who really can't afford an EVO IX but don't want something as uninspiring as a VRX, so they usually opt out for the Subaru Impreza WRX (or a Mazda 3 MPS or Ford Focus XR5) . But alas, someone over at Mitsubishi has been hit with the logic stick and the Lancer GSR is ready for a come back.
Mitsubishi already has a the Subaru Impreza WRX STi equivalent with the Lancer EVO IX and hopes that the new mid range WRX equivalent will attract some new buyers to the brand. Mitsubishi haven't exactly given it a name yet but I am calling it the Lancer GSR to follow tradition. The new Turbo Charged Lancer is set to arrive in Australia beginning September 2008.
You'll all be pleased to know that Mitsubishi haven't done a Mazda and haven't gone El Cheapo like the Mazda 3 MPS with a front-wheel drive drive-train. Instead Mitsu are sticking with their heritage and the new Lancer will come with all-wheel-drive and is set to carry the Ralliart name.
Its good to see that Mitsubishi have followed Subaru's approach to bring out an affordable Tubro car, adding to the line up which now includes the likes of the Ralliart Colt which we recently road tested. I posted a few articles of the 2008 Lancer here and here. The base Lancer 08 model is set to come with a boring 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine putting out around 125kW. Whilst Australia will most likely miss out on the 1.5-litre and diesel variants which will be on offer in Europe.
Honestly... I can't wait for next generation GSR. I just hope Mitsubishi stick with the GSR badge! The photos are all unconfirmed, the actual red car above is a spy shot of what the next Evo (not GSR) might look like. No photos of the GSR are available. Actual shots of the new Lancer are confirmed for release January 2007.