Mitsubishi and Walkinshaw Performance Introduce Tweaked L200 Pickup
By: Mike Levine Posted: 05-26-08 23:30 PT
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While Americans suffer with the Mitsubishi Raider, overseas Mitsubishi sells its stylish and efficient L200 pickup.

In the UK, Mitsubishi has just introduced a special performance version of the L200 created with famed British tuning and racing guru Tom Walkinshaw. The Walkinshaw Performance Special Edition L200 features tweaks to the engine, suspension, exhaust and interior.

The L200's inline 4-cylinder 2.5-liter diesel engine sees power levels boosted to 168-hp, from 136-hp, through its 'Rallitronic' upgrade. Torque remains a respectable 231 lb-ft. Twin stainless steel performance exhausts are available separately.

Other upgrades include: 20-inch 'Equinox' alloy wheels and tires, Walkinshaw Performance leather seats, Walkinshaw Performance decals, DVD satellite navigation system with 7 inch screen, cruise control, 'Mitsubishi Power' sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, a CD Auto-changer and stainless steel fuel filler cap, tailgate cover and door handle covers.

In addition, buyers can opt for an overhauled suspension that includes: a revised 5 link rear suspension with coil springs over shocks, polyurethane performance suspension bushings for improved axle control, rubber performance suspension bushings to the chassis to reduce road noise and Koni performance shocks front and rear.

The Walkinshaw Performance L200 is available in Starlight Silver, Cosmos Black, Graphite Gray, Aztec Red and Sapphire Blue, with metallic and pearlescent paint as an additional option.

The upgrades don't come cheap. Prices start at the equivalent of $42,500 for a manual L200 without the power boost to $45,000 for a Rallitronic tuned automatic. The suspension and exhaust are available separately for $5,130.

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