RE: Mitsubishi Airtrek Turbo R | Spotted

RE: Mitsubishi Airtrek Turbo R | Spotted

Thursday 13th February

Mitsubishi Airtrek Turbo R | Spotted

An Outlander with an Evo VII engine in? Gawd bless the JDM...



Are you in the market for a performance orientated(ish) family car? Do you enjoy driving something a little left field? Is your budget Β£5,000 or less? If the answer to all those questions is yes, then do we have a Spotted for you.

The Mitsubishi Airtrek might look a lot like an Outlander at first glance, and that's because it is. From its introduction in 2001 the model was known as the Airtrek, the Outlander name came along in certain markets in 2003, and by 2008 it had usurped the Airtrek moniker altogether. So that's that sorted. Today's Spotted is no regular Airtrek, though, it's the mighty Turbo R.


Unfortunately that doesn't mean it's been bestowed with a 6.75-litre V8 or a hand-crafted interior; depending on your outlook, however, it may well have been given something better. Because not only did the Airtrek Turbo R benefit from the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo engine found in Mitsubishi's Lancer Evolution VII, it also received the rally icon's permanent all-wheel drive system as well.

Putting out 240hp and 252lb ft, the Airtrek's installation may not be quite as potent as the Evo's, but a 7.8-second 0 to 62mph time isn't sluggish - or rather wasn't in 2002, at least. That power is sent through a five-speed tiptronic transmission, which can be controlled via steering-wheel mounted buttons should you so desire.

While certainly not what you'd call a handsome car, the Airtrek's blobby features are strangely compelling in that JDM curio kind of way. It rides 40mm lower than a standard version, and its bonnet-mounted scoop not only provides airflow to the engine's top-mounted intercooler, but alludes to the car's pumped up performance potential.


Alternatives? The obvious one would of course be the Subaru Forester STI. With 265hp and 279lb ft of torque from its 2.5-litre boxer four, and a 5.4-second 62 sprint, it is undoubtedly the faster machine. You'll be looking at twice the price for a considerably leggier example, though, and as for an Evo IX Wagons, well, they're rare as hens' teeth.

If you're in the market for a performance orientated(ish) family car, enjoy driving something a little left field, and have a budget of Β£5,000 or less, then, well this could be the Spotted for you.


SPECIFICATION - MITSUBISHI AIRTREK TURBO R
Engine:
1,997cc, inline four-cyl
Transmission: 5-speed automatic, all-wheel drive
Power (hp): 240@5,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 252@2,500rpm
MPG: N/A
CO2: N/A
Recorded mileage: 53,000
First registered: 2002
Price new: N/A
Yours for: Β£4,995

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V8 FOU

Original Poster:

2,682 posts

97 months

Thursday 13th February
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Wow!
As you say, Gawd bless the JDM.
I guess this has to be a really worthwhile dog carrier etc...

re33

108 posts

114 months

Thursday 13th February
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Looks good. Though why is the 0-60 so slow? Gearbox/ gearing?

thelostboy

3,751 posts

175 months

Thursday 13th February
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Horrific. What a Q car that could be.

MannixK

1 posts

10 months

Thursday 13th February
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Big fan of quick wagons (two dogs). The evo connection was an intriguing lure on these but I was always put of by the auto box. Were these ever manual?

rider73

450 posts

27 months

Thursday 13th February
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i looked into these a lot a few years back, a local garage had one (but it was a wreck)

a few things
- no manual option
- the auto wasnt great and didnt match the power to be honest - it has some "learning your style " gubbins that never seemed to work
- you can mod it with some bits from an evo
- the rear load isnt as good as you think - with a high floor
- i found insurance difficult, as you think its all ok , but the insurance companies constantly think its the UK turbo diesel version - but i guess like most JDM imports you can go specialist
- cheapish interior
- after all that i found performance (without mods) to be a little poor for asking prices - as stated above, others makes are available.


Augustus Windsock

1,921 posts

105 months

Thursday 13th February
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When I was in the police, this is what we would have called a ‘bank robbers car’
Why?
Because it’s totally anonymous grey porridge; if a bank robbery occurred and the perpetrators drove off in one of these, then when asked to describe the getaway vehicle they would have said something like ‘dunno, Japanese of some sort, possibly a 4x4...?’

s m

18,472 posts

153 months

Thursday 13th February
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Slower than a GT86.......

designforlife

3,556 posts

113 months

Thursday 13th February
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Always liked these, pretty cheap for what they are (and could be with a few mods).

tejr

1,242 posts

114 months

Thursday 13th February
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s m said:
Slower than a GT86.......
lol

J4CKO

29,310 posts

150 months

Thursday 13th February
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So its a big grey dull auto blob saddled with a thirsty engine from a fast car that doesn't actually make it that fast ?


BuzzBravado

2,824 posts

121 months

Thursday 13th February
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Would rather have an actual EVO estate.

https://www.pistonheads.com/news/ph-spottedykywt/m...

WCZ

7,542 posts

144 months

Thursday 13th February
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easy to tune and would look so much better on diffferent wheels / lower springs

andylaurence

436 posts

161 months

Thursday 13th February
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They're slow as standard. Tiny turbo. Add a big turbo and intercooler and they fly. Mines for sale... An FQ340 with a boot.

MagicalTrevor

6,341 posts

179 months

Thursday 13th February
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andylaurence said:
They're slow as standard. Tiny turbo. Add a big turbo and intercooler and they fly. Mines for sale... An FQ340 with a boot.
How much power does that get?

Bladedancer

1,026 posts

146 months

Thursday 13th February
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re33 said:
Looks good. Though why is the 0-60 so slow? Gearbox/ gearing?
Ancient gearbox. Caldina GT-Four had the same issue.

Khonda

5 posts

14 months

Thursday 13th February
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Do these have isofix or the option of fitting isofix?

With a second child on the way I need something bigger but isofix is a must. Really like the look of these and there are a few on sale nearby.

andylaurence

436 posts

161 months

Thursday 13th February
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No isofix in them. I never found isofix useful though. You have a mount for the baby seat so it clips in and out of that. Once they get to the full seat, they just strap in anyway and isofix doesn't make any difference.

can't remember

887 posts

78 months

Thursday 13th February
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s m said:
Slower than a GT86.......
Wow that's painfully slow. A GT86 tried to traffic light Grand Prix me twice yesterday and ended up tucking in behind me both times. I was driving a 12 year old diesel estate that cost three grand and has an interior that puts this lump to shame.

aelord

278 posts

175 months

Thursday 13th February
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Dread to think of the petrol consumption.

WCZ

7,542 posts

144 months

Thursday 13th February
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can't remember said:
Wow that's painfully slow. A GT86 tried to traffic light Grand Prix me twice yesterday and ended up tucking in behind me both times. I was driving a 12 year old diesel estate that cost three grand and has an interior that puts this lump to shame.
yeah they are awful, couldn't belive just how much quicker my 182 trophy was