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SAC's 'instant urge' Triton

2007-08-22 15:08

Mitsubishi Triton

Mitsubishi Motors has recently launched the new Triton 2.5 D-iD into South Africa's highly competitive leisure and light commercial vehicle market. And Steves Auto Clinic are once again already able to offer owners of this turbodiesel machine a simple solution that adds instant urge to their vehicle.

The Triton is initially available only as double cab 4x4 and boasts an all-new common rail direct injection powerplant. The new 2.5 litre, turbocharged, intercooled engine is a much quieter, cleaner and more economical than ever before. It also helps in producing a very decent 100 kW at 3 500 r/min and 314 Nm of torque at 2 000 r/min in the below 3.0 litre turbodiesel class.

This power and torque does a sufficient job of providing drive for the Triton, but if there is one draw back, it is that the Triton never seems to have a huge amount of urge at any point through the rev range. And the tested figures back this feeling up with the 0-100 km/h sprint coming up in almost 16 seconds and the in-gear acceleration in 5th gear also being a bit on the slow side.

But, as we know, sufficient has never been enough for the team at SAC. By simply fitting a plug and play Powerplug to the vehicle, instant urge is safely and reliably added. The Triton now feels more like a 3.0 litre turbodiesel and, no matter where you are in the rev range; a prod of the right foot invokes serious acceleration. Once again the figures back this up with the 0-100 km/h mark coming up in just over 14 seconds now while the in-gear acceleration shows massive gains of almost 3 seconds anywhere tested.

The good news is that should you want even more from your Triton, there is a Powercooler upgrade that can be offered with the Powerplug and this sees even more urge added to this impressive newcomer.

For more information and pricing, visit www.steves.co.za or contact a SAC branch near you.

SAC versus standard

0-60 km/h - 5.68 seconds - 6.21 seconds
0-80 km/h - 9.03 seconds - 9.91 seconds
0-100 km/h - 14.49 seconds - 15.98 seconds
0-120 km/h - 21.43 seconds - 23.63 seconds

¼ mile - 19.20 at 114.43 km/h - 19.84 at 111.03 km/h

1km - 35.81 at 138.74 km/h - 36.79 at 136.28 km/h

60-100 km/h (5th) - 14.40 seconds - 17.66 seconds
80-120 km/h (5th) - 14.80 seconds - 17.64 seconds

Top speed - 170.94 km/h - 168.34 km/h


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