There was a time in the Indian automotive industry when the joint venture of the Japanese Mitsubishi Motors and the Indian Hindustan Motors was rocking the market with their 1.6 and 2.0 Mitsubishi Lancer. Launched in 1998, it took the market by storm – but not for long as other Japanese manufacturers like Honda caught up promptly.
Looking back at the then scenario, the highlight of the era is what it morphed the tuning culture into. The market now had cars like the Mitsubishi Lancer and Honda City that were filled with tuning potential while formerly, all we had to modify were Maruti Suzuki 1000’s and Esteem’s.
However, these opportunities sure brought up a huge population of cringe-worthy ricers who - let us just say – do not understand how modifications work. This Mitsubishi Lancer spotted by my brother in Kolar, Karnataka. I quite like the paintjob on this car with the beautiful blue and the black rims look good but the rest just gets on my nerves. There is a HKS exhaust badge on the front fenders just above the side blinkers. Then there is the TRD Sportivo badge on the opaque blue rear quarter glass. The black non-functional spoiler is not all that bad and suits the car moderately so I will not complain about that. The blackened roof also does not look too bad. But what comes next, believe me, takes the cake for being the most hideous of all! The rear window reads ZOFAN in a weird font but that is not even it. The clear black taillights with the three bulbs on is just the ugliest thing for this car and the extension towards the licence plate would seem good if it was just blackened and not awarded with an extra light. Then come the repeated TRD Sportivo badges – one on either side of the GT-R logo (which not even has the right colours). The rear bumper and diffuser could have looked good if it was in good quality but what they mounted here - was just some lazy cheap plastic. Not to mention that weird wire hanging down from the bumper that further spoils the aesthetic. Not even stopping here, the owner used big chrome exhaust tips that clearly are very non-functional for a sub-100 bhp car.
Last but not least, the tyre quality is absolutely horrendous! It seems this car was power sliding all its way to the restaurant it was sitting outside.