Mitsubishi Airtrek Turbo R at the Japanese used car auctions
I took a quick look at a car that we don’t see around too often, or more likely just don’t take notice of. The Mitsubishi Airtrek is a medium-sized SUV or crossover type vehicle made from 2001 to 2008 when it was discontinued. In Japan it was called the Mitsubishi Airtrek (don’t know how they came up with that mess!) though it was called the Outlander in export markets. In 2007/8 the second generation was released and is universally known as the Mitsubishi Outlander, which is now in its third generation with the hybrid PHEV model.
Anyway, back to the Airtrek, I think Subaru just did a better job at the time with the Subaru Forester as you see Foresters everywhere yet rarely see an Airtrek. For those who do want a Mitsubishi Airtrek, this is the model you need, the Turbo R. It can be distinguished from its lesser brethren by that lovely air intake on the bonnet which is hiding a 2000cc turbo engine sourced from the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Its been detuned but still pumps out around 240hp which I’m sure would surprise a few people at the traffic lights. I don’t look at these often but this one was in excellent condition, I’d say as good as they come. The paint was a lovely and unusual shade of blue in fantastic condition and the interior was also faultless.
Price wise, you can pick up a non-turbo for next to nothing, seriously you can get a nice one for under JPY100,000, less than $US1,000. A nice turbo though also will not break the bank, you can pick them up for under JPY 300,000.
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