The chosen car is the Legnum VR4. That's a very fast Mitsubish Galant to you and me. We had a Galant once, it was a 2.0 auto. Possibly the slowest thing we've ever owned. Oh, and a wheel bearing FELL OUT of the bastard. Had we known the Legnum was cheap it would have been a different story, with more points for speeding, no doubt. Ah well, you live and learn. Anyway, that's enough of that. ON WITH THE UPDATE...
The Legnum VR4...
Estate cars have a hard time being cool. My wife has categorically told me that we can never have one, because they’re ‘embarrassing’. I used to pinch my mum’s mkIV Escort estate when I was a teenager because it was good for going to parties – you could fold the rear seats flat(ish) and sleep in the back – but that sort of shizzle won’t fly these days. It’s hatchbacks or three-boxes all the way.
But not all estate cars are embarrassing. The Volvo 850 T5 is a boxy, unassuming stealth weapon (with a Kamm tail, so it should be faster than the saloon, right...?), the Nissan Stagea – which I was going to write this post about, until I entirely failed to find one for under two grand – is basically a Skyline with a massive boot, and the Mitsubishi Legnum... well, that’s very cool indeed.
Take the Galant VR-4, Japan’s 1996 Car of the Year, as a starting point. It’s a sizeable saloon, powered by a 2.5-litre twin-turbo V6 offering 260bhp, featuring a tiptronic ‘box – sequential, like a racing car – and a variety of Evo III/IV/V/VI bits underneath. (An even more muscular 280bhp is available if you go for proper manual gearbox...) Now bolt on a big-ass glasshouse to the rear, so that all your holiday luggage and your bicycles will fit in. How brilliant is that?
Unlike some other über-estates that shoehorn a massive engine into a junk-in-the-trunk battle-cruiser and expect you to handle the aftermath, Mitsubishi’s boffins have got your back with this one. The undercarriage comes primed with AYC – Active Yaw Control – straight from the Evo series, which is basically an electronically-governed limited-slip differential; a piece of kit designed for no other purpose than to make you drive faster on twisty roads. Thanks, axlenerds!
So it’s a proper bona fide sports car, then. But it’s also plush and luxurious enough to keep your missus happy, with its hip-caressing seats, LCD touchscreens and what-have-you. And, to return to the key theme, it’s an estate. You can take your hedgetrimmings to the tip in it, then pop down to Currys and pick up a new dishwasher... and you can do it all at LUDICROUS SPEED!
Want to hear something absurd? There’s one on Auto Trader – freshly serviced, taxed and with a long MOT - for £1200, look!
...and it’s the limited Ralliart edition, meaning that you get an extra 20bhp and Tein suspension.
There’s no way in hell that you’ll find a faster car for the money, and that’s a solid gold fact. Buy it! Buy it now!