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Motoring: Pumped-up, ready to go.

Byline: David Whinyates

It's been dubbed the son of Evo and Mitsubishi's new hot shot supermini will be coming to a showroom near you in February.

The new Colt CZT will hit 130mph and blast from standstill to 62mph in a mere eight seconds, making it one of the fastest mini cars on the market.

It's turbocharged, slingshot performance means it is capable of leaving rivals like Citroen's C2 VTS and Fiat's Punto HGT trailing in its wake.

That performance comes thanks to a specially developed version of Mitsubishi's 1.5litre, double overhead camshaft, 16 valve engine which is fitted with an intercooled turbocharger and tuned to develop 150bhp at 6,000rpm and 210 Nm of torque, or pulling power, at 3,500rpm.

This pumped-up, sporting icon of the Colt range has been developed specifically at the request of Mitsubishi's European operation to capitalise on the reputation of the awesome Evo high performance model.

The theory is that it will provide image conscious punters with the chance to drive a high performance Mitsubishi at a fraction of the cost of the current Evo VIII model.

Styling work for the CZT was carried out at the Mitsubishi's design studios in Germany.

It has a more dynamic, sporty look than other models in the new Colt three door range thanks to a unique front bumper design with meshed grille, side airdams, large rear spoiler, 16' alloy wheels, sports exhaust muffler, side protection mouldings and door mirror casings.

Inside there are sports seats, a specially designed leather wrapped steering wheel withradio controls, leather gear knob, aluminium pedals with drilled motif and silver accents on the dash.

The modifications are not all just eye-candy, however.

To support the extra performance the CZT has a reinforced bodyshell, sports suspension, front 15' disc brakes, 205/45R16 tyres on specific 16' alloy wheels plus a barrage of safety aids including electronic stability and traction control systems.

The CZT is still to receive final European type approval, but Mitsubishi is confident that it will be in its UK showrooms by mid-February and says that it will cost less than pounds 13,000.

It will be the high performance flagship of an all-new range of Colt three-door models which will be available with a choice of engines from 1.1-litre petrol through to a 1.5-litre direct injection diesel.

The three door models are shorter and lower than the five door versions launched earlier this year and were designed in Europe to suit the tastes of European drivers. The range is expected to be priced from around pounds 8,000.

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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 5, 2004
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