2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE: You Remind Me...of Dakar!
March 09, 2011
The styling of our long-term 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SE AWC is taut, muscular, and purposeful, with short overhangs. It reminds me of its Dakar Rally cousins. To me the styling of our Outlander Sport is closer to the race Pajeros than the production Pajero.
I love the Dakar Rally and the race Pajeros. Some of you will see the lineage -- you could imagine a body kit and race replica paint on our AWD car. Others will think I'm viewing our Outlander Sport through rose-colored beer googles.
In any event, our Outlander Sport doesn't have the nads to back up these looks. The 2.0-liter I4 engine wheezes out only 148 hp and 143 lb-ft of torque. The CVT shift paddles help somewhat. And the steering is dead -- not even close to that of our Outlander GT.
Albert Austria, Senior VE Engineer @ 5,700 miles (Bonus: Dakar Pajero race video on the jump.)