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Journeys : June July 2009
Life on the move Sons of guns Darren Moody compares the Subaru WRX with Mitsubishi’s Lancer Ralliart Back then Mitsubishi’s Lancer GSR threw down the challenge, and while it was an extremely good car, the GSR faded soon after and the WRX went from strength to strength to achieve legendary status. N Mitsubishi did remain in the game at the top level with the Lancer Evolution series and Rex had the STI, but only Subaru offered wheels that a mere mortal could own and live with. Enter 2009 and it’s time for Rex to take a good look over its shoulder – because Mitsubishi is back with a vengeance in the form of Lancer Ralliart. Subaru copped a fair bit of flack with the release of the current shape WRX – down on power, spongy suspension and dead steering feel. Some even said Rex has lost its mojo. A year later Subaru released an upgraded model with more power, harder suspension and improved steering to get back some of that Rex ‘angry’. Early on, the WRX blogs had been none too complimentary of Subaru – was that what forced Subaru to have a rethink on the WRX or was it the impending release of the Ralliart? With the Evo X and STI going head to head in the $60-70,000 bracket, significant bang for your buck can be had for a lot less. Subaru sells the WRX for just under $40,000, with Ralliart around $3000 more. Both offer either sedan or hatch variants for the same outlay. Beauty is in June / July 09 29 ot since the mid 1990s has there been a car to challenge Subaru’s WRX.
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