Speed tests found the Lancer’s 0 to 30 mph acceleration time to be 4.45 seconds, going on to achieve an impressive terminal speed of 125.3 mph. The Lancer was able to achieve and maintain this speed in a highly stable condition, even at maximum gross vehicle weight.
On the handling track, the Lancer was driven to speeds where the expert driver felt the vehicle was at its handling limits.
Compared with the previous Mitsubishi Lancer, the new Lancer was found to be “vastly improved”, giving the driver “a firm ride from the low profile tires fitted as standard to the GS4 model range”. Steering was “light and responsive” commented the driver, whilst braking on and through a bend caused little effect to the overall handling performance of the car.
Finally, the new Lancer successfully completed the 50-stop brake test, where fifty 0.5G stops are made as quickly as possible from 50 mph to 0 mph in neutral.
The Lancer completed this incredibly tough test in just 13 minutes, 59 seconds, reaching a maximum brake disc temperature of 746 Celsius. This test resulted in the Lancer achieving a Metropolitan Police Service, Class 1 Pass for brake pad wear and localised component durability.
An Impressive Conclusion
Overall, the new Lancer gave an improvement in internal space for both driver and passengers, front and rear, without compromising the external dimensions of the vehicle. The dash board layout was described as “ergonomically designed, allowing good sighting of various types of police equipment” and the boot area was found to be “generous, allowing space for the fitment of additional equipment used by the police force”.
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