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Mitsubishi Legnum and Galant (EC5W and EC5A)

The 8th generation Mitsubishi Galant (and station wagon version, named the Legnum) were produced from 1996 - 2002 and were met with high praise, the Legnum taking the Japanese Car of the Year prize in 1997.

The Galant and Legnum VR-4 are the top spec version of the sedan and wagon respectively, with a 2.5L twin turbo 4WD engine and most models featuring the Active Yaw Control system as seen on the Lancer Evolution, which detects yaw changes (i.e. if the car is turning or spinning) and controls the cars diffs accordingly to aid in control and handling. Most models feature 208kW (280hp) and come with either a 5 speed manual gearbox, or 5 speed tiptronic transmission.

Standard and optional features can include ABS brakes, dual or quad airbags, leather interior, Recaro interior, Momo steering wheel, carbon interior trim, Active Yaw Control, stability control and traction control.


Series 1 (1996 and 1997) models only carried the VR-4 name. All series 1 5 speed tiptronic autos had Active Yaw Control, Traction Control and Stability Control. All series 1 5 speed manuals had Active Yaw Control, but no Traction Control or Stability Control, and for series 1's the manual version had 15kW (20hp) more power. This model is allowed for import
VR-4 Type V
For series 2 facelift models (1998 and onwards) the Type V became the base model. It does not have Active Yaw Control or Traction Control and does not have the high visibility speedo cluster of other models. For the sedan Galant variant, series 2 manuals were only available in Type V, however series 2 wagon Legnum manuals could be Type V or Type S. Recaro seats and Momo steering wheel optional. This model is allowed for import
VR-4 Type S
Series 2 higher spec models with Active Yaw Control and high visibility speedo cluster. Recaro seats and Momo steering wheel optional. This model is allowed for import
Car Of The Year (COTY) Edition
A series 1 only model to celebrate the Legnum winning the Japanese Car of the Year award. Legnum only and white was the only colour, was VR-4 spec but featured black leather interior (as opposed to optional tan leather), Nardi wood grain steering wheel, and COTY stickers. This model is allowed for import
Super VR-4
Special edition version, only 800 were made. Available in both Legnum and Galant (however Galant is very rare) and available in silver or red (however red is very rare). Made in 1998 only and was a series 1 spec vehicle, Super VR-4 specific features are Super VR-4 body kit and rear wing, Recaro seats and Momo steering wheel standard, red carpet with Super VR-4 carpet mats, purple glow high visibility speedo cluster, carbon interior trim, colour coded headlights, titanium rear garnish panel and shifter surround, and Ralli-Art exhaust. This model is allowed for import
VE, VX, VR-G, Vivace, ST, 20ST, 25ST, and Viento
1,800cc, 2,000cc, 2,400cc and 2,500cc non turbo, front wheel drive or 4WD models. These models are not allowed for import


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