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Journeys : June July 2009
Life on the move the eye of the beholder but the hatch in either would be my pick. Flip the hood and the differences start to emerge. Rex offers a 2.5 litre turbo-charged boxer engine producing 195kW at 6000rpm. Down 26kW and 54Nm on the gun STI, performance is still exhilarating, but nowhere near as brutal. Rex also offers its grunt from 95RON fuel while Ralliart needs 98. The Ralliart has the all-alloy 2.0 litre turbo from the Evo without the twinscroll turbo. It produces 177kW at 6000 rpm, 40kW down on the Evo. Torque output is identical to the WRX at 343Nm. The Ralliart achieves this 750rpm higher than the WRX at 4750rpm. The Lancer has very little turbo lag and the engine delivers plenty, but sounds thrashy and harsh higher in the rev range. Acceleration figures show the Rex shading the Ralliart, which isn’t unexpected considering an additional 18kW and a weight that’s around 150 kilograms lighter in hatch form. Differences also exist with the transmissions – the WRX has a standard five-speed transmission with longish throws and a notchy action. Slick gear changes are possible but turbo lag is evident between shifts, as is driveline shunt if you’re really pushing. The Ralliart uses the twin-clutch sixspeed transmission from the Evo (without super-sport mode). This slick-shifting box keeps the engine in the sweet spot when pushed, but you can find yourself in sixth gear at less than 60km/h under light throttle conditions in normal mode, which isn’t ideal. Shifts can also be performed manually from column-mounted paddles or the auto shifter. Both cars use their rally-bred all-wheeldrive systems, which offer imposing levels of grip. Ralliart gets the active centre diff Tasplan... ...your natural choice for super in Tasmania. Call 1800 005 166 today. Tassie’s largest profits-to-members industry super fund. You should consider whether the product is right for you and read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) before making any decisions about Tasplan. Please call 1800 005 166 to obtain a copy of the Tasplan PDS. Tasplan Ltd: ABN 13 009 563 062, AFS Licence No. 235391, RSE Licence No. L0000680. Tasplan Super: RSE No. R1000924. from Evo, allowing different front/rear torque split, something Rex misses out on from STI. While both vehicles display understeer under pressure, Lancer’s active centre diff allows this to be dialled-out to a point depending on the surface or conditions. Steering feel has improved in the WRX, but it is still very light, while the Ralliart inspires more confidence for the driver with better feel and weighting. Lancer’s standard 18” wheels could do with some better rubber, as the overall package exceeds the tyres’ limitations. 30 June / July 09 81919
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