I’ve had a few build threads around the net for this car, but over the year’s images and forums have gone offline, so I thought it was about time to document the story of this car again.
I look back at the 12 years I’ve owned the car and think the journey has been more fun than arriving at the final iteration. I have learnt a lot owning and modifying this car and I’ve tried a lot of things that didn’t work that’s for sure, as you’ll read later.
Taking a trip back, it all started in 2005 when I found this nugget at a Perth importer.
It’s a 1988 Mitsubishi Mirage Cyborg and It has a lot in common with the Australian assembled CB Lancer as far as body panels and standard trim components, but as with most imports the JDM version’s specification was much higher with more standard electric gizmos, better seats and interior trimming, plus a turbo engine and 4WD drivetrain.
You could consider this basically the little brother of the Galant VR4 of the same vintage, but with several differences.
Standard, the specs read like;
• 1600 Twin cam, Turbo and Intercooled / 4G61T / TD04 11g / 8psi
• 4WD with Viscous Center Coupling, Solid Rear Diff (Open Standard/Optional LSD)
• 5 Speed Manual, 2.844 diff ratio
• A/C / Elec Windows & Mirrors
• Grand Slam Sticker
And the standard performance is a spirited;
• 95.5KW / 144NM
• 0-100 kph in 10.3s
• 1/4m 17.2s
• Kerb weight ~1200kg
I can’t say I was wowed when I first inspected it, it had horrid wheels and underwhelming performance and at the time I was really looking for a EVO 1-3.
But after about 3 weeks I convinced myself to buy the car and parted with $7,000 of the good stuff, it was clean, only had 90,000kms on the clock and a very rare option of the sunroof.
This is where the journey began…