2008 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart

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November 15, 2007 -- CYPRESS, Calif. -- The Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart spearheads the Galant mid-size sedan line, which for 2008 also includes the 4-cylinder DE and ES models. The GTS model is discontinued.

Galant Ralliart is a complete performance package, designed to challenge leading sport sedans, but with better value.

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It is exclusively powered by a 258-hp 3.8-liter MIVEC V-6 engine and equipped with a 5-speed automatic transmission with Sportronic™ to allow manual gearshift control. The MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control) system helps optimize engine efficiency and power across a broad engine speed range. The Galant Ralliart can accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in about six seconds. Ralliart-tuned sport suspension and 18-inch alloy wheels yield sharp handling response, and this special model is distinguished by exclusive exterior styling and interior features.

Galant Ralliart offers the luxury of perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces, heated front seats, automatic climate control system, power glass sunroof and auto dimming rear view mirror with Homelink™ transmitter. The standard Rockford Acoustic Design™ premium audio system includes SIRIUS Satellite Radio with a 6-month pre-paid subscription. The Galant Ralliart comes fully equipped, offering just one factory option, a DVD navigation system.

Externally, the Ralliart model is distinguished by a unique front aero bumper, sport mesh grille projector-style ellipsoid headlamps, two-tone bumpers and color-keyed side air dams.

The Galant DE and ES models are powered by a 160-hp 2.4-liter MIVEC 4-cylinder engine teamed to a four-speed automatic transmission with Sportronic. The 4-cylinder Galant models achieve EPA fuel mileage estimates of 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway.

The Rockford Acoustic Design premium audio system with SIRIUS Satellite Radio is also available for the ES as part of that model's optional Sport Package.

A reflection of Mitsubishi's safety engineering, the Galant achieved across-the-board 5-star ratings in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offset frontal and side impact crash tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded Galant its highest ranking - "Good" overall - in its frontal offset and side impact crash tests. All Galant models are equipped with standard side curtain air bags, advanced front air bags with occupant sensors and front seat-mounted side-impact air bags. An anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) is standard on all Galant models, except the DE. In addition, all Galant models have a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS).

Key Specifications

Wheelbase: 108.3 in.
Length: 191.0 in.
Height: 57.9 in. (DE and ES);
58.2 in. (Ralliart)
Width: 72.4 in.
Curb weight: 3,417-3,781 lbs.

Major Standard Features (DE):

* 16-in. steel wheels with full covers
* 140-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers
* Air conditioning
* Dual-stage front air bag SRS with front passenger occupant sensors, side curtain air bags, and front seat-mounted side-impact air bags
* Engine immobilizer
* Height-adjustable steering wheel
* Height-adjustable driver's seat
* Keyless entry
* Power windows, locks and mirrors
* Power trunk release
* Trunk access pass-through

ES adds:

* Anti-lock brake system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
* AM/FM/CD/MP3 playback capability and six speakers
* Black HVAC and integrated audio panel with ice-blue illumination
* Color-keyed exterior door handles
* Cruise control
* Driver's seatback pocket
* Premium cloth-trimmed seating surfaces
* Sun visor extensions
* Titanium-finish interior trim accents

Ralliart adds/substitutes over ES (in addition to unique styling features):

* 258-hp 3.8-liter V-6 engine with MIVEC
* 5-speed automatic transmission with Sportronic
* 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/45R-18 all-season tires
* Aluminum pedals
* Auto-dimming rear view mirror with Homelink™ transmitter
* Automatic climate control system
* Fog lamps
* Heated front seats
* Leather-wrapped shift knob with red stitching
* Micro-delta interior trim accents
o Perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces
* Power 8-way driver's seat with dual height and lumbar support adjuster
* Power sliding glass sunroof with sunshade
* Projector ellipsoid headlamps (four bulbs)
* Ralliart suspension tuning
* Rockford Acoustic Design™ premium audio system
* SIRIUS Satellite Radio with 6-month pre-paid subscription
* Sport-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching and audio controls
* White gauges with ice-blue illumination

Option Packages

Sport Package (ES): Rockford Acoustic Design audio system with AM/FM/6-CD/MP3 playback capability; SIRIUS Satellite Radio with 6-month-pre-paid subscription;16-in. aluminum-alloy 10-spoke wheels; anti-theft alarm system; head lamps with dark bezels; rear ellipsoid combination lamps; color-keyed side view mirrors; rear spoiler, and Sport-touch steering wheel with audio controls.

Navigation Package (Ralliart): DVD-based navigation system with 7-inch LCD touch screen panel, plus Mitsubishi Multi-communication system.

More photos: 2008 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart Photo Gallery

Source: Mitsubishi

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