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MITSUBISHI MOTORS UNVEILS SIX CUSTOM CONCEPTS AT 2005 SEMA SHOW

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MITSUBISHI MOTORS UNVEILS SIX CUSTOM CONCEPTS AT 2005 SEMA SHOW

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FOR RELEASE 1:30 P.M. PST NOV. 1, 2005



MITSUBISHI MOTORS UNVEILS SIX CUSTOM CONCEPTS AT 2005 SEMA SHOW

All-New 2006 Eclipse Gets Ralliart Treatment
While Raider Pickup Shows Versatility as Off-Road Extremist and Stylish Street Ride

LAS VEGAS (Nov. 1, 2005) – Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is creating new thrills and inspiration for the tuner market by unveiling six new concept vehicles at the 2005 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show. Mitsubishi also announced today the rollout of a new Ralliart performance parts and accessories program for the North American market.

“The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and prior-generation Eclipses are well established in the tuner market because they provide great performance and are easily modified,” said Wayne Killen, MMNA vice president of marketing. “These six concepts, based on the all-new 2006 Eclipse sporty coupe and Raider midsize pickup truck, demonstrate several possibilities for an enthusiast who wants to customize these great models.”

Three of the concepts were created by Mitsubishi Motors’ design center in Cypress, Calif. – the Eclipse Ralliart, Rally Raider and the Street Raider. A fully accessorized Raider illustrates how factory-designed accessories can optimize the Raider truck. Mitsubishi also is highlighting the creativity of partner tuners by showcasing the Road Race Engineering Eclipse and the Rockford Fosgate Eclipse at the Mitsubishi booth.

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Eclipse Ralliart Concept

Ralliart is the motorsports arm of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. Worldwide, Ralliart vehicles feature enhanced performance, specialty equipment and sporty styling elements that include more powerful engines, sport-tuned suspensions as well as special fascia and styling cues. The best-selling import coupe for the past 15 years, Eclipse was redesigned for 2006 –and Mitsubishi design engineers wasted no time giving Eclipse the Ralliart treatment.

“To be considered Ralliart, a vehicle must offer improved engine performance and handling, sportier styling, interior enhancements and bold paint,” explained Dan Sims, general manager of MMNA’s design center. “The Eclipse Ralliart concept passes that test with flying colors.”

Special attention was paid to increasing horsepower and torque, adding all-wheel drive capability for improved power in a variety of driving conditions while minimizing weight. To boost horsepower to an estimated 400 hp, a turbocharged 4G63 engine was borrowed from the Lancer Evolution and supplemented with a custom air intake and other HKS performance parts. The concept Eclipse’s rally prowess is enhanced with the all-wheel drive system currently available on the Endeavor and Lancer Evolution as well as a six-speed manual transmission. Lightweight carbon fiber was used extensively in the roof, hood, fascias and front fenders.

The custom exterior is enhanced by Hot Red Mica paint, specially formulated by PPG for this concept. The Eclipse Ralliart rides on 20-inch high-performance carbon fiber wheels with AVS Sport Yokohama tires. Interior enhancements include Recaro performance seats trimmed with leather and Alcanterra suede, four-point restraints, racing gauges and a Rockford Fosgate premium sound system.

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Rally Raider

Inspired by a grueling intercontinental rally, Mitsubishi created the Rally Raider concept, styled to look like it could compete in the annual Dakar Rally that starts in Europe, spans the deserts of northern Africa and culminates weeks later in Dakar, the Senegal capital.

“The Rally Raider is the state-of-the-art, off-road truck, equally at home in Baja or the Dakar Rally,” Sims said.

The 40 percent scale-model concept calls for a custom tube chassis, integral racing cage and carbon fiber body work. The fenders are pushed out five inches to accommodate a wider track, double wishbone four-wheel independent suspension and 19-inch forged race wheels shod with 35-inch off-road racing tires. Mitsubishi’s 3.8-liter MIVEC V-6, modified for racing duty, would power the rally truck, and massive 14-inch brakes with four-piston calipers enhance braking capability. Underbody skid plates protect against harsh and unpredictable racing conditions.

Street Raider

Starting with a 2006 Mitsubishi Raider double cab pickup truck, Mitsubishi designers transformed it into the ultimate, hot rod street truck.

“While the Rally Raider concept is intended for performance extremists who aren’t afraid to get dirty, the Street Raider stands out with its ‘clean shaven’ appearance. It is designed to be the ideal truck for towing your EVO to the track in style,” said Sims.

Inspired by classic customizers and hot rodders, Mitsubishi designers “shaved” the door handles, fuel filler door and other body protrusions for the Street Raider’s smooth look. The front and rear bumpers are blended flush with the body, and the custom grille is accented with black chrome. PPG White Tech Pearl paint coats the exterior for a provocative but clean appearance. The interior is customized with brown and pearl white leather trim and a premium

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Rockford Fosgate sound system for the ultimate in modern comfort and entertainment.

Overall ride height has been lowered two inches. The Street Raider’s custom air suspension provides agile handling and an aggressive appearance while preserving the truck’s payload capacity. Designed exclusively for the Street Raider, seven-spoke alloy wheels are matched to 22-inch tires all around.

“Accessorized” Raider

A 2006 Raider also will be outfitted with genuine Mitsubishi parts and accessories, featuring parts designed by the same MMNA design team that designed the Raider. The truck showcases many available accessories, including a bed liner, bed extender, hood protector, fender flares and a four-inch exhaust finisher.

Road Race Engineering Eclipse

Mitsubishi is displaying creations from two partner tuners within its SEMA booth. Road Race Engineering of Sante Fe Springs, Calif., has stripped down and modified an all-new 2006 Eclipse GT to U.S. Touring Car Championship (USTCC) racing specifications. Mitsubishi’s high-output 3.8-liter SOHC MIVEC V-6 engine (6G75) is supplemented with several Road Race Engineering performance parts such as cold air intake, programmable fuel controller and exhaust system. Exterior graphics were provided by Modern Image.

Rockford Fosgate Eclipse

A leader in aftermarket car audio systems for 25 years, Rockford Fosgate teamed with Mitsubishi to offer their first factory-installed system in the 2006 Eclipse. Now Rockford Fosgate is demonstrating how tuners can further amplify sound with aftermarket options, including four PUNCH® 400-watt subwoofers, PUNCH® front and rear speakers, 300- and 400-watt amplifiers

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and a 3Sixty interactive signal processor. This concept also sports 20-inch Urban Racer Type 10 wheels, enhanced suspension and brakes, tuned intake and exhaust and custom exterior paint.

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. is responsible for all manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing, and research and development operations of the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in the United States and Canada. Mitsubishi Motors sells coupes, convertibles, sedans, sport utility vehicles and pickups through a network of approximately 570 dealers. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.

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ECLIPSE RALLIART

Exterior

Hot Red Mica paint (by PPG)

Carbon fiber roof panel

Carbon fiber hood

Carbon fiber front fenders

Carbon fiber front and rear fascias

Carbon fiber rear wing

Carbon fiber mirrors

20 x 9 carbon fiber wheels

AVS Sport 255/35R20 Yokohama tires

Interior

Recaro leather and Alcanterra trimmed seats

Custom harness bar

Four-point harnesses

Rear seat delete

Rear seat filler panel with integrated storage

Lancer Evolution steering wheel

Racing gauges

Rockford Fosgate sound system

Performance

Turbocharged 4G63 engine (inline 4-cyl.)

Estimated 400 hp

All-wheel drive

HKS turbocharger kit

HKS 264 cams

Custom 2.75-inch turbo-back exhaust

Custom air intake

ARP head studs

HKS air-fuel controller

High-flow fuel pump

High-flow injectors

HKS dyno tuned

Endeavor rear suspension

Lancer Evolution VIII rear differential

Evo VIII MR 6-speed manual transmission

RPS triple plate carbon-fiber clutch

Road Race Engineering/Muellerized coil-over kit

Brembo brakes: front: 8-piston calipers, 15-inch slotted rotors

rear: 4-piston calipers, 13.5-inch slotted rotors

RALLY RAIDER

Exterior

Carbon fiber exterior

Ladder frame

Integral racing cage that holds spare tires

Fenders widened five inches

19-inch forged race wheels

35-inch off-road racing tires

Aerodynamic bed fairing

Underbody skid plates

Ralliart Red paint

Interior

Specially-built racing cage

Performance

Highly modified 3.8-liter MIVEC V-6 twin turbo built to Dakar Rally-racing specifications

Full-time all-wheel drive

Wider track

Heavy duty, double wishbone, 4-wheel independent long-travel suspension

Two long-travel off-road racing shocks per wheel w/ remote reservoirs

Front and rear 14-inch brakes w/ 4-piston calipers




STREET RAIDER

Exterior

“Shaved” street rod exterior body concept

White Tech Pearl paint (by PPG)

Ride height lowered two inches

Large, aggressive tires

o        front: 265/40 22

o        rear: 305/ 40 22

22-inch, 7-spoke alloy wheels

Flush front and rear bumpers

Unique front grille w/ black chrome insert

Lowered side sills, front lower air dam and flush rear bumper

“Shaved” door handles and fuel filler door

Dual exhausts and flush license plate integrated into rear bumper fascia

Interior

“Modern comfort” concept

Brown and Pearl White leather w/ black chrome accents

Alcanterra headliner

Relaxed comfort “first class seating” front and rear

Rockford Fosgate sound system

Performance

4.7-liter V-8

Tuned dual exhausts

Custom air suspension for aggressive stance and cornering while preserving payload capability

“ACCESSORIZED” RAIDER

The following accessories that appear on this 2006 Raider concept for SEMA are only some of those available as genuine Mitsubishi parts and accessories.

Exterior

Bed liner

Side steps

Hood protector

Bed rail protectors

Bed extender

Front fascia skid plate

Trailer hitch

Fender flares

Mud guards

Tire locks

License plate frame with logo

4-inch exhaust finisher

Side window deflectors

Tow hooks

Interior

Logo floor mats

Door scuff plates

ROAD RACE ENGINEERING ECLIPSE

Exterior

2006 Eclipse GT built to U.S. Touring Car Championship racing specifications

Graphics by Modern Image

Carbon Trix front lower lip spoiler

Rotora 3-D2 GT carbon fiber wing

UV Blue paint

Interior

Road Race Engineering FIA-approved custom roll cage

Fully de-contented interior

Racetech FIA-approved Kevlar competition seat with 5-point harness

Zeitronix data-logging display

Greddy oil pressure and coolant temperature gauges

Performance

ACT 6 Puck Extreme clutch

ACT 6 XACT Chromoly flywheel

Quaife limited slip differential

RC Engineering big bore throttle body

Road Race equal length headers

Road Race exhaust system

Road Race cold air intake

Fluidyne aluminum radiator

Road Race programmable fuel controller

Road Race-Muellerized coilover suspension system

Progress Group front and rear sway bars

Energy Suspension bushings

Road Race SS brake lines

Rotora big brake kit (front and rear)

- 13-inch slotted directional floating discs

- ceramic H2 race pads

- 4-piston metallic blue calipers

Enkei RP03 19 x 8.5 wheels

Toyo T1-R 245/35/19 tires (street spec)

* Parts scheduled to be on vehicle at time of writing. For updates please check wheel stands next to car in the Mitsubishi booth.

ROCKFORD FOSGATE ECLIPSE

Exterior

Custom paint by Drew Brother Customs

20-inch Urban Racer Type 10 wheels

Toyo Proxy 235/35 20 tires

Interior

Four Rockford Fosgate PUNCH® 400-watt subwoofers

Rockford Fosgate PUNCH® front-door speakers

Rockford Fosgate PUNCH® rear speakers

Rockford Fosgate 3Sixty interactive signal processor

Rockford Fosgate 300-watt amplifier

Rockford Fosgate 400-watt amplifier

Enduratex perforated vinyl inserts on charcoal leather with matched dash/door pieces

Performance

Custom intake and exhaust by UMS Tuning

Stop-Tech 4-wheel high-performance brakes

Tein suspension with high-performance coilovers

* Parts scheduled to be on vehicle at time of writing. For updates please check wheel stands next to car

in the Mitsubishi booth. 



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