By on April 27, 2009

First impressions can be misleading. Maybe it’s the new car smell. Or the hallucinatory effects of automotive anticipation. But there are times when a thrilling first date can turn into the marriage from hell. That’s why I’m all in favor of pre-purchase rentals and . . . press cars. Yes, carmakers’ fleetmobiles are often pampered ringers. But a week with a car is an excellent way to decide if it deserves a major portion of your/my hard-earned money and ongoing patronage. Quite often, I’ll find that my initial perceptions weren’t quite on target. After sojourning with a Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart, I can report that first impressions last.

The Ralliart is slotted into the Lancer’s lineup above the GTS and below the Evo. It’s made from parts of both. Outside, it’s a Lancer with the Evo’s snout, aluminum hood and wing. The front looks like one of those algae-eating tropical fish you see snuffling along the sides of aquariums, only angrier. In the middle, it’s standard Lancer. The overweight wing perched on top of the shallow truck doesn’t do anything but obstruct the lower half of the view through the rearview mirror.  Neither I, my twenty-something son, nor anyone else that I asked liked the overall look.

Inside, it’s worse. The black interior is a mosaic of plastics; I counted six different patterns, textures and finishes including the cheesy fake carbon fiber trim that spans the instrument panel.  The interior’s only classy touch: seats upholstered in a sturdy-looking faux suede.

At least the front seats are decent. They mimic lower-line Recaros (the real Recaros are part of a $2750 package). They’re firm, supportive and comfortable. Unfortunately, that’s as far as the comfort goes; the steering wheel feels like it’s in another time zone. This is the first car I’ve driven in a long time where I had to stretch to reach the steering wheel when the seat was far enough back to accommodate my long legs. I ended up driving with my knees splayed at an uncomfortable angle so I didn’t have to position the seatback bolt upright to reach the wheel.

Those with shorter arms will also find it a reach to the radio controls which are spread across the center of the dashboard (fortunately, there are redundant controls on the steering wheel). The AC’s rotary controls are hung beneath the dashboard like a cheap set of aftermarket gauges. At 10K miles, they were already loose in their housing (did I say “pampered”?). Combined with the rattle from the passenger side of the dashboard, I wasn’t getting a good feeling about the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart’s long-term durability.

The leather-covered steering wheel, shift knob and shifter boot have contrasting white stitching that looks like a summer camp craft project. Moving the shifter out of park involves lifting a collar that sits on top of that boot. Those without large hands or long fingers will find it cumbersome. Once you’re underway, the first couple of shifts from the six-speed Sportronic SST transmission are as abrupt as a 16-year-old . . . Anyway . . .

Thankfully, once the transmission warms up, the shifts smooth out. You can start to appreciate the dual-clutch action, which knows what gear you need better than you do. That’s good, as the shifter paddles don’t move with the steering wheel and when you’re busy threading through the twisties they’re often out of reach, unless you’re into shuffle steering.

The Ralliart’s goodness lies under the hood: a 2.0L four sporting a single-scroll turbocharger and intercooler pumping out 237hp and 253 lb·ft of torque. The power’s transmitted to all four wheels via an active center differential with limited slip axles front and rear. If that sounds Evo-ish, it is. Unfortunately the suspension holding it in place isn’t. That part is basic Lancer GTS with a bit of additional firmness.

So, in spite of your aspirations of being the next Andrew Comrie-Picard, you end up driving like Jean-Luc Picard: streaking forward at warp speed and then slowing drastically for maneuvering. Don’t get me wrong. It’s by no means a pig in the turns, but with the Evo DNA in the drivetrain, you’d think it would have some in the suspension too. Unfortunately that’s not the case. There’s plenty of grip but the body roll keeps you from wanting to take advantage of it.

I wasn’t impressed with the Ralliart’s boy-racer looks when I first saw it. After a week of driving it I was even less impressed with it overall. The inherent cheapness of the Lancer comes through too strongly for the Evo bits to overcome. If you’re looking for a hot Mitsu on the cheap, look at a used Evo. Or save your milk money until you can afford a new one. But if you buy a Ralliart, in the long run you’ll be looking to sign those divorce papers, STAT.

(Mitsubishi provided the car, gas and insurance for this review. Photos by the author.)

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32 Comments on “Review: 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart, Take Two...”


  • avatar

    I have AAA magazine and the last edition featured this car. They said the same things. Its not comfortable, the Recaro seats are good at holding the driver in place, the transmission is really smooth…etc

    I personaly could never be interested in this car.

  • avatar
    TonyJZX

    this is the case worldwide

    it was released with some fanfare as a kind of budget EVO

    but there is no manual… and it’s not fast (0-100 in 7.3)… and it doesn’t handle… and the interior is very reminiscent of the basic Lancer

    on the other hand there’s the basic WRX which is cheaper… has more power and has a 5 spd manual… and blasts like no-ones business (0-100 in 5.2 secs)

    of course the WRX is close to being the ugliest car on the planet

  • avatar
    gossard267

    I actually liked the looks of this car. Unfortunately (for Mitsu), it couldn’t compete with the near-flawless, CPO Lexus IS 350 I ultimately decided to buy. It’s the same problem all the other new cars I tried ran into: none felt more solid, or offered more performance, value, and luxury, than a used vehicle with 37k miles on the odo. Also, the Ralliart was fun, in a sort of high school way, but would you really want to be seen in the corporate lot with one of these 3-5 years from now? I wouldn’t…

  • avatar
    theflyersfan

    Let’s see…they bloated and overpriced the real-deal Evo out of reach of most of the target market. They got rid of the stick in some Evo models and reduced the raw feel that Evo owners loved in all of the new models.
    So, they attempt to undo a mistake by giving us a wuss turbo with an automatic and try to market a sticker and trim package as an “almost-Evo.”
    No sale guys.
    How about a $28-30K stripped Evo with a 6-speed manual, AWD, climate control and stereo and that’s it. Don’t need nav or other electronic junk – give me the rally car.

  • avatar
    rochskier

    @ theflyersfan:

    I like the stripped Evo idea, but I’d go even further and only provide easily accessed, standard-sized cutouts + wiring for a stereo head unit, amp, and speakers. The typical crap factory stereo could be a $500-$1000 option.

  • avatar

    On paper, this car was so promising. Most of an Evo, at a reasonable price. I haven’t driven one yet, but the reviews have been like this one more often than not. Aside from the softer suspension tuning, the Ralliart lacks the Evo’s active rear differential, which counteracts understeer.

    The solution might even be a new Evo: the last time I dropped by my local dealer, they had an Evo marked down eight grand, to $28k.

    Initially I cut the interior some slack, because it’s so much better than the interior in the previous Lancer. But clearly it’s still not good enough.

    On the reliability front, owners of the 2008 Lancer have actually been reporting few repairs on TrueDelta’s Car Reliability Survey. But the cars are still young.

    http://www.truedelta.com/car-reliability.php

  • avatar

    Though the segment has lots of great competition (MS3, Cobalt SS, SRT4, GTI, Civic Si, WRX) the only real direct competition for the Mitsu is the WRX.

    The Lancer’s problem is that it just doesn’t have the mainstream reputation of the Rex. It’s a little too niche; even my mom might have some familiarity or awareness of the turbo Subaru, but she might not even know that Mitsubishi makes cars. Also, and I might be wrong on this, but I think the whole “giant wing & go-fast doo-dads” aesthetic is falling out of favor. The new Impreza is subtle, the MS3 is (was, maybe, the ’09 is a little dressy), the Cobalt looks like a Cobalt, etc. The Ralliart just looks kind of kiddy, and the only people that can afford it are grown-ups with good jobs.

    On another note, I wonder if the engine blows up all the time, as seen with the ’09 WRX (NASIOC has a whole thread devoted to the issue). I’m guessing not. Maybe Mr. Karesh can chime in…

    EDIT Oh hey look he did sometime after I opened the review…

  • avatar
    SupaMan

    I had very high hopes for this car. I mean, EVO 9′s AWD system? turbocharged I4? EVO pieces sprinkled on the car? This surely would’ve been a car to own right?

    But then Mitsu screwed up.

    Only 235hp? C’mon guys…at least 260hp

    EVO 9 AWD system…good start but let down by the Lancer GTS’ basic suspension.

    And probably the biggest fault..to have the SST transmission as the only choice.

    This is more a Lancer GTS + than an EVO lite.

  • avatar
    ConejoZing

    “there is no manual”

    WHUH?! Yarg, why?! Please, enough of these automatic transmissions! This should have been a lightweight, basic and fun car! Instead it seems like a cheesy, cheap knock off with annoying features.

    Please, Mitsu, fix this thing.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    Neither I, my twenty-something son, nor anyone else that I asked liked the overall look.

    I actually like this look, but I have no taste. I brought a Lancer home over a year ago and was told to take it back because it looked like an angry vacuum cleaner.

    the steering wheel feels like it’s in another time zone. This is the first car I’ve driven in a long time where I had to stretch to reach the steering wheel when the seat was far enough back to accommodate my long legs.

    This is the other reason I liked this car. If you’re tall (and I mean really tall, as in “above 6’4″”) it’s a good fit even with the Recaros, provided you skip the sunroof.

    Unfortunately the suspension holding it in place isn’t. That part is basic Lancer GTS with a bit of additional firmness.

    And that’s a bummer. I can’t fathom what Mitsubishi was smoking when they spec’ed out the suspension for the non-Evo Lancers. What they ought to have done was try and grab the people who find the Mazda3 too soft. What they actually did was equip every Lancer with Corolla-grade suspension, which is ok, but not in a car that looks like this one does.

    I can live with the interior plastics because they’re a) black, b) fit together well and c) aren’t too badly textured. It’s a lot like the previous-generation Honda Fit, which again, is rock-hard but not unappealing. But the ride and steering are not good, which is a shame because this car, with decent running gear, would be a great blank canvas.

  • avatar

    psarhjinian
    This is the other reason I liked this car. If you’re tall (and I mean really tall, as in “above 6′4″”) it’s a good fit even with the Recaros, provided you skip the sunroof.

    I’m 6’3 and wear a 37/38″ sleeve and it was a reach when the seat was far enough back that my legs were comfortable. And the sunroof isn’t a problem, because Ralliart isn’t available with one, according to Mitsubishi’s web site.

    I can live with the interior plastics because they’re a) black, b) fit together well and c) aren’t too badly textured.

    One out of the three applied to the test vehicle.

    I didn’t have enough space in the review to cover everything on my page-long list of notes on stuff I hated about it. I could have cut it some slack if it was priced in the $20K range, but it’s pushing $30K and there are just too many much better cars out there for that price.

  • avatar
    carguy

    Frank – did you get a chance to see if the brakes are really as bad as most reviewers say?

    It makes we wonder how long MitMoCo hang on.

  • avatar
    thetopdog

    Great review, I especially appreciated the following:

    “The leather-covered steering wheel, shift knob and shifter boot have contrasting white stitching that looks like a summer camp craft project”

    “So, in spite of your aspirations of being the next Andrew Comrie-Picard, you end up driving like Jean-Luc Picard: streaking forward at warp speed and then slowing drastically for maneuvering. ”

    I actually laughed out loud at the “Jean-Luc Picard” reference

  • avatar

    carguy
    Frank – did you get a chance to see if the brakes are really as bad as most reviewers say?

    I never had any problems with the brakes. They worked when I pressed the pedal. However, I never overstressed them, either so I really can’t say how they’ll hold up.

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    I’m 6′3 and wear a 37/38″ sleeve and it was a reach when the seat was far enough back that my legs were comfortable.

    Admittedly I’m a freak (6’8″ and my arms are overly long) so this was probably more a personal thing. What was nice is that the seats moved back far enough; that’s a rarity for me. That the dash curves away from the knees is nice, too.

    I could have cut it some slack if it was priced in the $20K range, but it’s pushing $30K and there are just too many much better cars out there for that price.

    I guess I have low standards. Or I’m easily impressed. Or both.

    That’s true. You can get a good deal on the base Lancer (which was what I was looking at) and the Evo, quite frankly, is worth it. I didn’t really look at the Ralliart as it was new to Canada at the time, not in the showroom and neither here nor there in terms of ability.

    I did notice that you can get the Ralliart in a hatchback bodystyle, which you cannot do with the Evo. That helps some.

  • avatar

    psarhjinian, and you drive Fit? Do you sit on the back seat? Most European cars are tall drivers friendly, but when it comes to smaller Asian cars…

  • avatar
    psarhjinian

    psarhjinian, and you drive Fit? Do you sit on the back seat? Most European cars are tall drivers friendly, but when it comes to smaller Asian cars…

    Yup. I can’t drive the new one because they pulled the dash too far forward, but the old one is not too bad. The Fit has a good amount of track travel, low seats and a very high roof. My only complaint is the short seat cushion and the lack of foot space. It’s certainly a better fit than the low-roof Civic and Accord.

    As for the Europeans: yes and no. older Saabs, Volkswagens, smaller Benzes and BMWs all work well enough, but modern Volvos and the larger Benzes and BMWs are really cramped. I blame the seats: they’re nice, but they’re huge and can’t go very far down. Volkswagen is excellent across the line.

    The Lancer is not a bad car inside, if you’re tall (like the Fit, it’s much better than the larger Galant). The Golf is better still, but more expensive.

  • avatar
    ajla

    I get that it’s a disappointing car, but I really like dual-clutch transmissions.

    Other than the GTI/GLI and Jetta TDI, this is the only dual-clutch game in town that is in my price range. The Ralliart is faster than the VWs, offers AWD, and IMO, is better looking.

    The price on these have been dropping, and I’m really not too dissuaded by the bad reviews I’ve read. I have a feeling either this or a Genesis Coupe 3.8 is going to be my next car.

  • avatar
    Power6

    I get that it’s a disappointing car, but I really like dual-clutch transmissions.

    ajla,

    You’ll just have to go drive the car to see what you like. I loved the idea of the dual-clutch transaxle, what better for paddle shifting performance AND I can turn my brain off and put it in D when I want to drink my coffee in the car! Turns out “in person” so to speak I wasn’t sure that it was for me. To be honest a good GM automatic puts the TC-SST to shame at everything except for “sport mode” which runs at 5k RPM constantly and rev matches the downshifts perfectly.

    I might have gotten over it, but there were other deal breakers, I couldn’t get comfortable in the base seat like Frank did, the bottom cushion is very short and it tilts a bit down. Also the engine is thrashy and loud, the trunk is ridiculously shallow although the seats do fold down. I could get the nice seats but they couldn’t locate one at the dealer and that package is expensive. Forget a sunroof or anything else fancy. But keyless operation is standard. Frankly the equipment level is kinda confusing. Thought they are willing to deal on these things, there was a $1500 rebate and the salesman indicated that we could work further on that. So anyone doing comparisons to “28k Evos” need to consider that, and also the base Evo has even less equipment than the Ralliart.

    I pick up my WRX this week. A much better real world car despite Johnny’s review which wasted entire paragraphs waxing poetic about a mid 13 sec 1/4 mile. The Ralliart could have been good but isn’t. The real world for me is Boston so I did not consider FWD this time, the GTI was out along with all of the other lesser priced FWD rockets engineered to win magazine comparos.

  • avatar

    Power6
    the trunk is ridiculously shallow although the seats do fold down.

    That was one of the items on my page-long list of dislikes. The rear seat does fold, but the center shoulder harness is anchored to the package shelf so it stretches across the opening when you fold the seat, getting in the way of anything wide you’re trying to put in there.

  • avatar
    V6

    i too do not enjoy the looks of the Lancer. all the magazines made a big deal about it when the Lancer was launched, but to me the styling was just an everyday generic compact sedan that’s too tall and narrow (especially from the back) with a mildly attractive/different front end.

  • avatar
    BEAT

    You guys are ridiculous I drive the 2008 Lancer with 47,505 miles on it I have no problems at all.

    Recaro seats are for driver’s who knows how to drive. That’s why they use the seat for car racing. Recaros was installed on the Ralliart and Evo because tuners or car enthusiast doesn’t have to buy any aftermarket seats.

    Do you know how much Recaro seat cost?

    The Lancer was design for tuners and wanna be tuners and Men who likes sport sedan and that doesn’t look and handle like any other Japanese cars.

    Did you notice that the exhaust manifold is near the fire wall? The tuners has no problem putting on headers and cat back exhaust.

    I have no problems with the brakes because it was made to last longer and I have not replace them since I bought my car. The CARBON FIBER trim is real it just the cheapest carbon fiber on the Lancer if they put the high end carbon fiber that car won’t be the same price it will be more expensive.

    You always bad mouth Mitsubishi and this company it’s only been in America for 25 years and still has a strong market for any age bracket.

    You want see an ugly car? watch the ‘The Day The Earth Stood Still” with Keanu Reeves check how ugly the Honda Civic on that movie.

    Ya don’t like the design but every car manufacturer has the same front end sharky design like Volvo,Ford, etc etc etc. Test drive it for week doesn’t mean you know everything about the car. totally BS and Bias.

    The brakes is fine 0-80 it’s on 10 feet from the car in front of me.

    Just watch the Top Gear and ask them if they are kidding doing 80 miles on a corner better than a Lambo or Ferrari compared to this Sedan.

    Gees that’s why Pontiac died fellow Americans you don’t how to buy a car.

    To the Author did you compared the hard steering of Honda Civc, Especially Toyota and Nissan Sentra with the Lancer?

  • avatar

    BEAT:
    To the Author did you compared the hard steering of Honda Civc, Especially Toyota and Nissan Sentra with the Lancer?

    Uh… no, but neither did I say anything about the Lancer’s steering.

  • avatar
    Power6

    You guys are ridiculous I drive the 2008 Lancer with 47,505 miles on it I have no problems at all.

    What does that have to do with any of the comments? I didn’t see the discussion about Lancers being problematic. Do you have a Ralliart? I don’t think they made those in 2008.

    Just watch the Top Gear and ask them if they are kidding doing 80 miles on a corner better than a Lambo or Ferrari compared to this Sedan.

    You must be referring to the FQ-400 bit. First of all this was a previous generation UK market distributor-modified Lancer Evo, it has not much to do with USDM Lancer Ralliart other than sharing an AWD system.

    Also if you go back and watch the rest of that bit, Jeremy details the ridiculous quirks that one would have to live with to keep up with Lambos in that Lancer. And then he reccommends buying the standard FQ-260 model…

  • avatar
    BEAT

    Power6 I am talking about the New Evo X not the Evo 9. They were comparing to the 2008 Subaru WRX.
    You should watch the new episode not the old episode of Top Gear.

    I got my car on 2007 and the model is 2008. I don’t drive the Ralliart if the Regular Lancer has no issue with the brakes system or stopping power. Do you think a brake system made by Brembo is not good enough to stop a car. For me the steering of the Lancer is soft compared to the steering of the Honda Civic,Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra.

    I am here on my honest opinion about 2008-2009 Mitsibishi Lancers family of sedans.

    The only complaint about my Lancer is the Engine is a little bit loud but with a 4 cylinder engine with 156 horsepower there’s nothing I can do with the engine that’s made of Alluminum and 156 hp.

  • avatar
    BEAT

    By the way Power6 that’s why it’s called Ralliart the car is intentionally made for Rally event and the seats are not made for people who doesn’t appreciate bucket seats. It is intented market for people who like buckets seats,Horsepower and all the Handling of a sport sedan.

    Goodluck with your Subaru Wrx with GAS. it drinks more than an alcoholic. It’s $32,000 without A,
    No 650 rockford fosgate system, no 7 airbag, no brembo brakes, No Bucket seats, No Pedal Shifter (excuse me),No Huge Subwoofer, carbon fiber trim etc etc.

    The Subaru is damn ugly. the only good about it is A LITTLE FASTER than the Evo x or Ralliart but it’s not a good car to be tuned.

  • avatar
    Daddyof2

    If you drive a turbocharged, all wheel drive, performance 4 banger sedan for under $30,000 and you complain about how far away the steering wheel is…boy, your reaching for something to complain about.

    These cars are not designed to give you BMW like luxury and Buick like rides. Thats what you have to like about them. They are made for the boy racer in all of us and they dont apologize for it. Subaru made that mistake last year with the new god awful hatchback they crapped out.

    Long live the Lancer EVO and Ralliart with their crappy seats and too far steering wheels!

  • avatar
    LastResort

    Power6,

    The wife and I have been flogging an 05 WRX since….05, go figure. We’ve had an excellent 70k miles so far: from highway to skihill we’ve loved every mile. However, I would suggest you check the VIN/build date of your new WRX. Over 60 case of spun bearings have been documented on NASIOC, and most of those at less than 10k miles. While SoA is in general replacing the motors without a to much hassle, the fact that they still won’t explain the source of the problem makes me nervous. As well, the the turbo regularly shit’s it bed when the motor goes, and those aren’t always replaced. Not to mention, it appears that both longblocks and turbos are and are on back order now, and in a couple of cases dealerships are using lot cars as donors.

    I wouldn’t take accept a car with a build date in range of July, August, or September of 08, lest you get the “Change Engine Sound”.

  • avatar
    BEAT

    LastResort

    I have been hearing that problem on line or on Subaru Forums. Michaal Karesh might have the statistics on this problem. That is pretty dangerous it has almost the same problem with Nissan SE-R.

    Just take it easy I bet Subaru will fix this problem soon. It will not be the same competition without the Subaru WRX with the Lancer in the street,tracks and sales.

  • avatar
    Midnight

    Ok Frank Do you hate Mitsubishi’s or did you go into this test with preconceptions of what you wanted out of the new Ralliart Lancer?

    Now lets just pick on one Wheels Australia January 2008 Magazine review that contradicts your damming review of the Ralliart Lancer.

    You described the steering wheel as quote” the steering wheel feels like it’s in another time zone” Wheels Magazine say ” Lovely Evo Wheel”

    Yes the Subaru Impreza will out sprint the Ralliart but get the power MRT Mitsubishi Race Tune upgrade for a few hundred dollars more and the Ralliart will kill it and return equal fuel consumption figures too. (Ask your dealer to throw it in as an option)

    I test drove a MY09 Ralliart Lancer in the west of our state where the roads (Donkey Tracks) are awful to say the least the test sedan I drove had just under 20,000kms 12,000miles on the clock the steering and handling on dirt were super responsive and where ever I pointed the car it went and I was doing close to 100KMPH (62MPH) the whole time.

    There were No rattles or shakes in the car, and when it hit cattle grids or large rut’s in the roads/tracks at speed it soaked up the impacts and once again the Mitz pointed where I asked it to go. I suppose you are used to driving Hummers and M1A Abrahams that that Joy sticks or even worse a 44 Gallon drum lids as a steering wheel I will be happy to send you one if you like.

    Once on the sealed stuff on a wet day through the very demanding and twisty bits, as you would put it “at light speed” a fraction of under steer could be felt but if you were going as quickly as I was even in my 08 Subi you can gets some under steer through this stretch of road.

    On the Wheels test They stated that the excellent damper rates of the Ralliart Lancer allowed far greater pace to be carried over the same stretch of road whilst feeling both sewn into the tarmac and isolated from and nasty imperfections and on the dirt the Mitsu’s damper rates works in it’s favor as well. Surprise Surprise same result as I found.

    I found no problem with the Auto cold or hot and its shifts were seamless maybe you had a press car that had been flogged to within an inch of destruction.

    As for the interior appearance it is matter of personal preference I had no problem reaching or adjusting any of the controls and the it was easy to adjust the seating and steering position to a very comfortable position maybe you want a Mercedes C class with a Mitz badge on it to test next Frank.

  • avatar
    dan20

    I agree Midnight, this review is one of the most biased and negative i’ve seen for this car. The mere fact that the reviewer could not find a single good thing about this car – especially when numerous other reviewers think it is a decent car – is telling. Frank if you dont like Mitsus or have a personal dislike for the car you should say so. I’ve taken one out and yeah the interior is pretty cheap and I didnt particulary like the spoiler but otherwise the aggressive look is fine. Other than the price and the stuff I mentioned this is an excellent car.

  • avatar
    fire115

    “The overweight wing perched on top of the shallow truck doesn’t do anything”its called down force in the rear which does not have the engine weight. “but obstruct the lower half of the view through the rear view mirror. ” oh ok…for me it obstruct the headlights from the cars in the back which shine in your eyes…but that’s just me adjusting the mirror.

    “Neither I, my twenty-something son, nor anyone else that I asked liked the overall look.” more people asked me/looked at this car than any other car i drove in my life, i never heard anyone say anyhting negative about the look, except of corz for this review (if you can call it that).

    As for comments like “but there is no manual… and it’s not fast (0-100 in 7.3)… and it doesn’t handle” sounds like you never even looked up the specs yet alone drive this car. 0-60mph is 5.5 sec which is faster then anything at the same price point and it handles like a charm partly do to its all-wheel-drive and partly do to its near perfect weight distribution.


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