Mitsubishi Colt CZT (Z30)
In 2002, the Mitsubishi Colt Z30 was released by Mitsubishi in Japan with a design by Olivier Boulay and built on the same platform as the Smart Forfour. In 2004, the car launched in Europe, along with a performance derivative called Mitsubishi Colt CZT.
The performance specification 1.5 T was based on the 4G15 block, with a Turbo and Intercooler to aid power (147 hp @ 6000 rpm / 155 lb⋅ft (210 N⋅m) @ 3500 rpm). MIVEC variable valve timing was also used to increase the output, upping the power dramatically from the 109 hp (81 kW) 1.5 MPI.
In 2006, Mitsubishi released a new Colt Ralliart Version-R in Japan with a redesigned bodykit that emphasised the sporty character of the car. Its 4G15 engine, with MIVEC variable valve timing and turbocharger, produced 154 PS (113 kW; 152 hp) at 6000 rpm and 210 N⋅m (150 lb⋅ft) at 3500 rpm for manual model, 154 PS (113 kW; 152 hp) at 6000 rpm and 180 N⋅m (130 lb⋅ft) at 2500 rpm for CVT model. Other key featured include a stiffer spot welded chassis, stiffer suspensions, improved exhaust system, improved steering mounting, bodykit, 240 km/h scale speedometer, low profile high-grip 16-inch tires (205/45R16), and Recaro bucket seats borrowed from the Lancer Evolution VIII MR. The rear seats were moulded for two passengers, as opposed to three in the rest of the range. Incidentally, this is the same engine used in the 2004 European performance specification Colt (cz-T), only running slightly increased horsepower figures (torque stayed the same). This version is also sold in Australia and New Zealand as the Colt Ralliart, without the ‘Version-R’ designation. The CVT version is officially sold in Singapore and Hong Kong under the same designation as Japan.
In 2008 the car received a facelift with a new front end that incorporated the latest Mitsubishi design language, and various updates.
Mitsubishi Colt CZT
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