Friday 22 January 2016
CC72 Alto Works in the world of hot oldschool kei cars, these would genuinely have to be right on its tail from a technical standpoint alone...!
Covered them briefly before (in ZZ/4 guise) here.. but again..
Its the FWD version of the hottest variant of 6th generation Minica, introduced very early the year before. Mitsubishi's entry into the hot Kei hatch ring, competing against Daihatsu's Mira TR-XX, Subaru's Rex VX and of course Suzuki's Alto Works..
How about the red windscreen side trims that continue into the roof cant-rail/gutter trim pieces, and eventually wrap around the rear screen? A subtle racing stripe of sorts..
The photos probably don't show it too well, but there's also some neat red decal work, including the requisite factory spec list down the door!
But the best part....
..Remembering to keep in mind this WAS the late 80's, this is one amazing little piece of gear. Mitsubishi's 3G81 Turbo 3cylinder - only 550cc, twin-cam head with five valves per cylinder, a turbo, and that little upright air-to-air intercooler.. culminating in 47kw @ 7500rpm and 75nm of torque @ 4500rpm.. all on its way to a 9000rpm redline!
What a great little thing.
Definitely seem to be somewhat underappreciated though; and as such what looks to be such a solid original example, is currently for sale at a dealer in Japan for only ~380,000yen!
Sadly these are all (just) 1989-onwards, and don't have SEVS import approval.. so pictures like these are probably the closest I'll ever come to seeing one...