( Worldcarfans ) - Green is still the word in the automotive world, and Mitsubishi is bringing its own view on the topic to the 2008 North American International Auto Show. The sporty coupe combines cutting edge drivetrain technologies with the latest clean diesel design. The Mitsubishi Concept-RA packs one of the latest gadgets from Japan - already featured on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, namely the Super-All Wheel Control system which consists of Active Center Differential, Active Yaw Control, Sport ABS and Active Stability Control component systems.
But what the Lancer Evo does not do is partner the S-AWC with a 2.2 liter 4-cylinder DOHC 16-valve diesel engine. We knew that Mitsubishi was working on a new diesel for Europe, but also the US is warming up to diesel after the German diesel invasion. This diesel produces 201 hp with 310 ft-lbs of torque and meets US emissions standards.
In an attempt to further improve performance, fuel economy and safety, the Concept-RA is built around an aluminium space frame while the hood, fenders and outer panels are molded from impact.resistant and recyclable plastic resin.