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Lancer 2.0 GT Test Drive Report


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#11
Levin

Posted 09 August 2007 - 10:56 PM

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Last time EON salesman asked me to go test drive my naybour or unker's car



#12
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Posted 10 August 2007 - 08:37 AM

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Just test drive last night. Thought of putting in some report.

Looks and build quality.
I must salute to Japanese QC. As there isn`t any flaw I can find in the
cabin area as all are well fitted nicely. Exterior fitments are well
assembled. The car does looks different then photo. Much nicer. I quite
agreed with SLMERC on this section. The spoiler isn`t that bad as you can
still see the traffic via the rear view mirror. Althought it will take
some time to get used to it.

The napa leather seat and position is very very comfort. I was enjoying
driving all the while.


Performance, ride and handling, NVH. (test drove with 3 adults in car
including me)
The car handle the road really well as I blasted throught the road. The
turning is very sharp with very quite respond to you. The ride is firm
more on the hard side, but don`t get me wrong as if the car is hard like
those car shoved with sports coil over. It still able to give you comfort
ride when you cruising around town.

The power of the car is amazing. I drove 1.8 civic before and I know that
the civic will give initial blast of speed on stand still but pretty lag
during the mid and top accelaration. (That wasn`t my prefered setup). The
Lancer was different as mitshubishi enginner tune it such that the power
delivery on the mid and top end is good. You can feel the accelaration is
getting faster and faster as you go. Initial speed from stand still will
incur some slight lag before the power comes. All this was done while
on "D". Which I think was very suitable for ladies driver as this give
them more assurance of not worrying the car will surge forward.

Now here comes the fun part. Paddle shift! Is was a totally difference
exprience once you engage the paddle shift mode as the ecu will sense it
by just pulling the paddle on the left to downshift (this will give you
intance respond)or pull the paddle on the right for 1 second. This will
prepare your car on paddle shift mode. The accelaration on sports mode is
really fun. The simulation of 6 speed was very real. The power delivery
is fast right from the "1" gear. The downshift was fun as the car will
respond pretty quick preparing you for accelaration. This is really
adrenaline pumping. I managed to hit 140KM/H before runing out of road.
The brake was very very impressive. bring down the car from high speed is
just a matter of seconds. The SA was struggling behind when I did the
brake test from 120KM/H. hehe feel sorry for him.

The cabin was very silent even when the car hit 120Km/h. I hardly can
hear the engine noise during traffic junction when the car is idle. the
exhaust
note was very evident. I did solve one of the problem mentioned by some
forummer where he said there is some tin can noise alike. It is actually
vibration from the exhaust tip hitting the tip decorator. (I found out is
was just installed with 2 screw against the exhaust tip. Removing it will
solved the "tin" sound problem). As for the engine, the sound is music to
me. When the mivec is engaging you could hear the roar which pump your
heart even faster. Exhaust note is pretty loud during the full
accelaration. I discover it was the boot that need some insulation
property like those Dynamatt coupled with wool carpet will solved it. I
found that the only insulation from the car is just a thin carpet. Must
be Mitshubishi R&D engineer trying too hard to reduce the weight.

I impressed with the handling as it handle high speed very well. With
hard braking in and then full accelaration in the process, the car didn`t
jitter or vibrate at all. the body of the car is very stiff and strong.
During full braking the car hardly sway or vibrate. Thumbs up for the
Mitshubishi R&D.


Well, this sums up my report for the Lancer GT test drive. I`m really
satisfied with the car and because of this I handover my booking fee to
my SA. Big Smile

#13
tifoman

Posted 10 August 2007 - 08:57 AM

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thanks for sharing all the info and experience!!

whats MMM btw? as far as we know, this car isnt a CKD car, so shouldnt
involve mitsubishi motors malaysia in its design and manufacturing process....

does the engine do a 'blip' ala heel-toe when u downshift? or this
technology is still reserve to the expensive euro cars...

congrats on your new purchase btw.

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ace

Posted 10 August 2007 - 09:27 AM

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oppss.sorry.on the MMM. Its was the Mitshubishi engineer not MMM. I will
edit the post.

The engine react pretty fast once you downshift. It does have a little
effect of the so call 'blip'. As I know, once you downshifted, the engine
will rev high and immediately will pull you away. That was fun!

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Posted 10 August 2007 - 05:33 PM

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My testdrive involved 3 drivers at a time yesterday morning (due to the
crowd), one a Chinese gentleman, another Malay gentleman(who drives the
Lancer 1.6 which he bought this year) and me, with the sales agent.

First to drive was a Chinese chap - I sat at the back (with my seatbelt
on) with the SA, and the Malay chap sat in front. The test route was up
and down the Subang airport road.

Second to drive, the Malay chap with me in front and the Chinese chap at
the back.

Last to drive was me, with the Malay chap at the back and the Chinese chap
in front.

***IMPORTANT: The comparison I had at the back of my mind was actually my
2.0 BMW 3 series E46 valvetronic 150hp 210NM which cost me RM219K (similar
technology for both engines I think).

We each found the car was easy to accelerate even on D. I confess on D,
the shift from 1 to 2 to 3 was not as quick as my wife's A4 B6, but I
would give it 6 out of 10 for G1-G3 on D. For G3-G6 on D, I would give
it 9 out of 10.

Bearing in mind the A4 B6 has its own "shifters" built into the steering,
my view on the Lancer's paddle shifters - wonderful to use - I remember I
actually "clicked" the paddle shifters as I was turning around the big
roundabout near the airport. The gearchanges are comparable to the A4's
multitronic, as far as I am concerned. Even for the A4 it is a bullock
cart below 2,000 rpm.

The engine note - frankly after reading the article in Autocar (July, I
think) referring to Singapore Lancer GT (which has cruise control,
Rockford audio with 9 speakers, and a few other extras @ SGD76k) and
expecting a "tinny" sound, I was happy with the engine note of the M'sian
Lancer GT. I'm not a fan of the Ferrari or Harley so, for me, the Lancer
GT's quasi "valvetronic" engine & CVT gearbox - 9/10.

Soundproofing - I agree it is wanting, in my opinion mainly due to the 18"
tyres (45 profile) being too noisy, indeed 17" rims with 55 profile would
be ideal.

Ride quality - perfectly OK in front and at the back, for me. Admittedly,
it would be better on 17/55 tyres, however, I remember feeling nauseous
sitting in the back of the Merc C230K when my friend testdrove 2 years
back, in short, the Lancer was much more comfortable at the back than the
C230K. In short, not a car for passengers on cross country runs, but a
car for driver and front passenger on cross country run. The Autocar
article says it is on the borderline for comfort.

Sound system - sucks for me. For the A4 my usual volume is 12 (urban) 15
(crosscountry) and it's a blast! For the Rexton it has to be at least 18
(urban) 21 (crosscountry). For the Mazda 6 2.3 12 was also great. For
the Lancer, however, I had to turn it up to 23 on the test car to listen
to the CD I brought along to check out the sound system.

Handling - my only complaint with the Lancer was when I had to shift from
the 2nd lane to the 1st lane (fast lane) - the car's weight is too light
I felt - same with the BMW E46 (I remember being buffetted by the wind
everytime I drove the E46 home along the section of Kesas next to
Proton), otherwise it is great.

Aesthetics - For the A4, to add the bodykit without the strut bar would
cost RM18K, so apart from the stabiliser at the back which is not my cup
of tea, the Lancer GT's aesthetics are great in my view. The 50 units of
the red colour car is fully sold out, only the black and silver are
available. I prefer the black because it matches the mesh grille in the
front. I find the red too "garang" whereas in my view the black is more
understated and more for the guys. Silver of course has the best resale
value and scientifically attracts less heat.

Aircon - talking about heat, the Lancer GT's aircon passed my requirements
as a back seat passenger - it is better than the A4 and the E46.

Conclusion

1. I love driving and I love my music in the car best of all coz you are
in an enclosed space with concert hall effect. The Lancer GT sound
system is below par for me.

2. Although I have taken the Rexton All in▒My testdrive involved 3 drivers at a time yesterday morning (due to the
crowd), one a Chinese gentleman, another Malay gentleman(who drives the
Lancer 1.6 which he bought this year) and me, with the sales agent.

First to drive was a Chinese chap - I sat at the back (with my seatbelt
on) with the SA, and the Malay chap sat in front. The test route was up
and down the Subang airport road.

Second to drive, the Malay chap with me in front and the Chinese chap at
the back.

Last to drive was me, with the Malay chap at the back and the Chinese chap
in front.

***IMPORTANT: The comparison I had at the back of my mind was actually my
2.0 BMW 3 series E46 valvetronic 150hp 210NM which cost me RM219K (similar
technology for both engines I think).

We each found the car was easy to accelerate even on D. I confess on D,
the shift from 1 to 2 to 3 was not as quick as my wife's A4 B6, but I
would give it 6 out of 10 for G1-G3 on D. For G3-G6 on D, I would give
it 9 out of 10.

Bearing in mind the A4 B6 has its own "shifters" built into the steering,
my view on the Lancer's paddle shifters - wonderful to use - I remember I
actually "clicked" the paddle shifters as I was turning around the big
roundabout near the airport. The gearchanges are comparable to the A4's
multitronic, as far as I am concerned. Even for the A4 it is a bullock
cart below 2,000 rpm.

The engine note - frankly after reading the article in Autocar (July, I
think) referring to Singapore Lancer GT (which has cruise control,
Rockford audio with 9 speakers, and a few other extras @ SGD76k) and
expecting a "tinny" sound, I was happy with the engine note of the M'sian
Lancer GT. I'm not a fan of the Ferrari or Harley so, for me, the Lancer
GT's quasi "valvetronic" engine & CVT gearbox - 9/10.

Soundproofing - I agree it is wanting, in my opinion mainly due to the 18"
tyres (45 profile) being too noisy, indeed 17" rims with 55 profile would
be ideal.

Ride quality - perfectly OK in front and at the back, for me. Admittedly,
it would be better on 17/55 tyres, however, I remember feeling nauseous
sitting in the back of the Merc C230K when my friend testdrove 2 years
back, in short, the Lancer was much more comfortable at the back than the
C230K. In short, not a car for passengers on cross country runs, but a
car for driver and front passenger on cross country run. The Autocar
article says it is on the borderline for comfort.

Sound system - sucks for me. For the A4 my usual volume is 12 (urban) 15
(crosscountry) and it's a blast! For the Rexton it has to be at least 18
(urban) 21 (crosscountry). For the Mazda 6 2.3 12 was also great. For
the

#16
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Posted 11 August 2007 - 01:24 AM

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dear people,
I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!! after reading all your reports,
it just burns me inside. you want to know why??? ......... because i
can't buy the new Lancer GTS if i don't sell my present Lancer
GLX........and nobody knows the market value for my model as well.....
so, if anybody interested just let me know. if i can get 80k for my car
would be good. i'll be going to kl tomorrow for a test drive and hope
they are willing to take a trade-in.

#17
slmerc

Posted 11 August 2007 - 11:29 AM

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And to further wet your appitite.... have a look at this SWEET driving
video!!!!



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Posted 11 August 2007 - 01:35 PM

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looks like more and moe people are raising the bar on the comparison now
as they started comparing the lancer agaist german contis. Which is good
as this proves the lancer is indeed world class design.



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Posted 11 August 2007 - 02:23 PM

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May I know where in KL or PJ can I go for a test drive?

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Posted 11 August 2007 - 08:40 PM

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I've already tested + 'belasah' the car yesterday morning...long mileage
which covers around 20kms plus minus on straight road.

Surprisingly, with it's 2.0 mivec technology + aliminium bloks, the car
seems very eagerly to reach 180kmh easily, even with half throttle! &
thanks to the paddle-shift things. Strongest gear:torque is 3rd, 4th until
6th. Torque distributed perfectly on each gears without any lag. Thanks
again to CVT technology.

Overally, in my opinion, i would rated this car 7/10 with that level of
price and made.