2009 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS Gets More Power, Displacement

Justin Berkowitz
by Justin Berkowitz

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X just got a 5-star rating from Mr. Michael Karesh. The regular Lancer ES "earned" a whopping 2 stars when this writer reviewed it last year. All versions of the Lancer look great on the outside, but the engine, transmission, and suspension make all the differences in the world (or at least in the 7-11 parking lot). So what about the space between the extremes? We're still waiting on an announcement from Mitsubishi about a 220-horse, Ralliart badged, turbocharged, AWD version of the Lancer, meant to go head-to-head with the Subaru WRX. Meanwhile, the 2009 Lancer GTS will replace its 2.0-liter lump of crap with a 2.4-liter 168 hp engine from the Galant. The GTS redux gains 16 horses and 21 ft.-lbs. of twist, and loses a single mpg. You're looking a not quite wallet-thrilling 21 city/27 highway (with life-sucking CVT transmission), significantly less when driven hard and put away wet. Look for a full road test of the new 2009 GTS on TTAC soon.

Justin Berkowitz
Justin Berkowitz

Immensely bored law student. I've also got 3 dogs.

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  • Michael Karesh Michael Karesh on May 27, 2008

    For the record, I didn't care for the Lancer GTS with the 2.0, either. Weak, buzzy engine ruins that car. The 2.4 should help--but how much?

  • Ricky Spanish Ricky Spanish on May 27, 2008

    21/27 ? pathetic. my Civic gets 25/32 and makes 200 hp.

  • Fldriver Fldriver on Dec 01, 2008

    Your Civic does not make 200hp, keep dreaming. Also, if you knew anything about cars you would know the all fuel economy labels were reduced for 2008 and beyond.