Colt (RA - RE)

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RA through RE series Colt
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Available in Australia 1981 - 1991
Assembled/Built Australian flag.png Tonsley Park, Adelaide, Australia
Predecessor None
Successor Mitsubishi Mirage
Body style(s) 4 door sedan, 5 door hatchback
Drive Front-Wheel Drive
Engine(s) 1.4L Orion
1.4L Saturn
1.6L Saturn
Transmission(s) 4 speed manual
4 speed Supershift manual
5 speed manual
3 speed automatic
Wheelbase 2380 mm
Length 3910 mm (Hatchback), 4105 mm (Sedan)
Width 1590 mm
Height 1350 mm

The RA through RE Colt was the second Mitsubishi to be sold in Australia under the Colt nameplate. It was introduced to the market in 1981 and was an Australian-built third generation Lancer.

The Colt was a small front wheel drive vehicle available as both a four-door sedan or five-door hatchback. It is notable for introducing a split-ratio Supershift manual transmission.

The Colt uses rack and pinon steering, McPherson strut with coil spring and control arm front suspension, Independent trailing arm with cross shaft coil spring rear suspension with front disc and rear drum brakes.

RA

The RA model was introduced in 1981 as a five-door hatchback with a 1.4 Litre Orion engine and 4 speed manual or 3 speed automatic. It can be distinguished from other models by its sunken in headlights, combo parking and turn indicator lights in the front bumper bar and flat side turn indicators in the front guards.

RB

The RB model was introduced in October 1982. The RB introduced the Saturn engine, in 1.4 Litre form for the XL and GL trim levels and 1.6 Litre for the GLX, SE and GSR. The 1.4 Litre was only available with 4 speed manual while the 1.6 Litre models were available with 4 speed manual or 3 speed automatic. Visual differences to the RA include headlights which were in-line with the grille and bonnet, combination parking light and side turn indicators with single indicator lights in the front bar and a honeycomb style grille.

RC

The RC Colt was introduced in April 1984. It was the first Australian Colt to introduce the four door sedan in addition to the hatchback. The same engine and transmission options continued. The RC can be distinguished from other Colt models by it's six slat grille.

RD

The RD was introduced in October 1986. At launch the same engine and transmission options as the RB and RC were available, with a 5 speed manual becoming optional on 1.6 Litre models from August 1987. The RD can be distinguished from other Colt models by it's four slat grille.

RE

The RE was the final model in first of the Australian Colts, being introduced in September 1988. It was available until 1991. It continued the same engine and transmission options as the RD and introduced a revised "mailbox" style grille.

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