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Mitsubishi readies killer Colt

typerboy2
03-11-2004, 18:15
Based on a strengthened three-door bodyshell, the CZT will run a 1.5-litre turbo engine mated to a five-speed manual box. Essential facts and figures include:


150 bhp at 6000 rpm, 155 lbf.ft at 3500 rpm
0-62mph in 8.0 seconds
130 mph top speed

Helping the vehicle make the most of its extra performance are a variety of handling enhancements:


Stiffened suspension and 205/45R16 tyres
15-inch front brake discs
Stability and traction control

A sports bodykit and interior give you the looks to go with your car's up-and-at-'em attitude - and suggest that despite its well-diocumented corporate troubles, Mitsubishi's spirit is far from broken.


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is an evo one on the cards? should see 200bhp easy with a bit of work :coolsm:

;)

watch out 260's

j/k

Evo Stuart
03-11-2004, 18:22
Quite like that, but it does really need 200 bhp to compete with the top fast backs

EVO VI
03-11-2004, 18:27
:eek:

nice stats.quick car

BUT

**** me its ugly :blah:

Evo Stuart
03-11-2004, 18:31
would look nice with Alto wheels & a little lower. You could make it look nice ;)

EVO VI
03-11-2004, 18:39
its arse is a mix of MERC A140 and a SEAT LEON :crackup:

Dmac1969
03-11-2004, 18:39
It needs to be priced around 13-14K if its going to sell , and its obvious competition is the new Fiesta ST and also the slightly slower Citroen C2 VTS. I dont think they will do a 200 BHP Colt , it may start stealing sales from the VIII 260 as it would have to be priced around 16-18K , and anyways with 200 BHP I would like to see it with 4WD , blistered , wide-track arches and recaro/momo interior....

Aidy
03-11-2004, 19:04
Stick it in the WRC then sell a road version with 1.3 bar, AWD and a "bad boy" bumper, and this is what we'll all be driving next year.

In fact I've already registered www.coltregister.com and www.colt-evo.net in anticipation....

:D

lucky
03-11-2004, 19:15
good performance for what it is but definitely have to agree with IANO C is is a mighty ugly thing !!!
Looks like an in bred from "Deliverance"

:mockery:

03-11-2004, 19:15
Originally posted by Aidy
Stick it in the WRC then sell a road version with 1.3 bar, AWD and a "bad boy" bumper, and this is what we'll all be driving next year.

In fact I've already registered www.coltregister.com and www.colt-evo.net in anticipation....

:D

Oooh competition... MitsuColt.co.uk - The original and the best i'm afraid :D

geoffbland
03-11-2004, 19:18
Actually just bought one of these for the girlfriend. The 1.5S which has 107bhp and 107ft/lb and handles suprisingly well, a 160bhp version would be very nice (but we needed a 5 door) but 200bhp in a little car with front wheel drive would be scary.

From our test drives the Jazz, Fiesta, Micra range don't come close. Note that even 1.1 3 cyl version is as powerful as a Jazz 1.4.

They're made in Holland by the same people that do the Smart car by the way.

Dmac1969
03-11-2004, 19:39
Geoff
My cousin and her hubby have bought one as well , they love it! I had a shot of the demo car and I agree with you on the handling , the only thing is after driving an evo every day it just feels so slow!

Leonard
03-11-2004, 19:52
How easy would it be to tweak the boost on one of these, I guess its down to the limits of the ECU :confused:

Razor
03-11-2004, 23:04
Hmm it looks like it would fall over if it went around any corner more than 40 miles per hour (looks a bit high sided if you know what i mean).

Evo Rob
06-11-2004, 11:04
As it stands the CZT is aimed at competing in the market for small hot hatches, Mini Cooper S, Renault Clio 182 etc.

However, Mitsubishi have the capability to make something much more interesting.

The Colt chassis is engineered for 4WD. There is a version called the 'Colt Plus' on sale in Japan that is available in both 2 and 4WD. CZT 1.5 turbo engine runs a light presure turbo and low boost levels for 100bhp per litre. The CZT is very light at 960Kg.

Now if they wanted to make a 'Colt Evo' then the recipy is pretty simple: 4WD drivetrain, turbo that will deliver 1.0bar boost for 140bhp/litre (210bhp), Keep the weight gain over the CZT below 100kg.

The end result would be a small, fast, light 4WD car with 200bhp/tonne. Straightline performance would be a match for a 280bhp Evo VI or 300bhp VII/VIII. Handling could be exceptionally good (1000Kg car on 2500mm wheelbase - same as Evo VI - with very little overhangs - centralised weight distribution etc, wide tracks etc). Running costs would be much lower than Lancer Evos due to far lower weight = less fuel consumption, lower tyre and brake wear etc etc.

If the CZT is under 13k, then this 'Colt Evo' ought to be seriously profitable for Mitsubishi at about 16-18k. I hope they pull their finger out and make one. Then I can buy it :)

Rob

Editted to add:

The Japanese gentleman's agreement on max of 280bhp is being torn up. This means that the Evo IX is likely to have 330bhp as standard (which will hopefully mean no need for CCC to mess with the cars when they get over here, and hopefully no more poorly prep'd FQ-3xx models). A 330bhp Lancer Evo IX at 28k would leave plenty of room for a lower powered 'Euro' version at 22-24k and a Colt Evo at 16-18k.