2002 Mitsubishi Magna Ralliart TJ Aspirated V6 from Australia and New Zealand
Best sports car under $10k, sadly no contest
Due to lack of interest in Australia, these only came in SOHC FWD (would love to have seen some of the DOHC AWDs).
Paint colours are 'custom' colours, so it is good to know someone in the trade, since the Evo-inspired bodykit is made of fibreglass and suffers from stone chips.
MMAS sensor makes air intake modification difficult.
Rear spoiler tends to fill up with water (easy to drain).
Ralliart badge fades and crumbles.
Seats take some getting used to.
Can't use mainstream insurers (AAMI, NRMA, etc) as they significantly undervalue the car, making it difficult to buy CTP and insurance from one provider.
Here comes the typical talk, but it's fast... it just is... I was very biased having owned a Forester (XT AWD-T), XR8 Falcon, V8 Statesman, S15, VTEC Prelude, a few other turbo 4/6 cylinders, but none of these gave me the speed nor the adrenaline I get from the Ralliart Magna.
Gave a lot of crap to Magna owners, then I drove one, and I see what all the hype is about.
133kw at the wheels stock; plenty of room for tuning.
2.5" sports exhaust produces an addictive grunt.
Tiptronic gearbox is refined and precise.
Gets 500km/tank around town, 700km/tank on the freeway.
Engineered to such an extent that most services can be done with ease/quickly.
Climate control takes less than 5 minutes from a cold start to reach any desired temperature.
Under 1504kg, which saves around $140 per year in RMS fees (as of April 2013).
Most components are interchangeable from the Mitsubishi range. Everything else is readily available but dirt cheap - everyone should own a Ralliart/VRX/Verada at least once.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st March, 2013