Mitsubishi to launch Triton Absolute To Challenge Ford Raptor
When Mitsubishi Motors first showed this Triton Absolute at the 2019 Bangkok International Motor Show in March this year, there were rumours circulating the internet that Mitsubishi product planners were teasing the market to see if there was enough interest in the ASEAN market for a super premium pickup truck.
Well, the response was good enough that now we hear that Mitsubishi Motors are putting into production this super truck to rival the best selling Ford Raptor.
Under the chunky hood of this new Triton will probably be the current Triton’s most potent engine which is a 2.4-liter turbocharged diesel with 180 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque. We are sure Mitsubishi engineers will ‘massage its power output to better the Ford Ranger Raptor 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel with 210 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque.
Mitsubishi Motors already has this latest Triton running in a race series in Australia called ‘SuperUtes’ and so the tuning done on the SuperUte race Triton (pictured below) could be transferred to this new Triton Absolute with some limitations for warranty and reliability over 5 years.
The Triton Absolute might use a tuned version of the stock 2.4-litre turbo-diesel engine, which retains its aluminium engine block and pistons but gains modifications such as uprated camshafts, a modified oil sump, larger injectors and larger fuel rails. The engine might also receive a larger GTurbo high-flow turbocharger, a larger intercooler, an upgraded radiator for additional cooling and a Motec engine management system. A bespoke Torqit three-inch exhaust system might round up the tune, while the manifold can be retained from the standard Triton.
Producing 344hp and 677Nm of torque, the racing version of the Mitsubishi Triton SuperUte can reach 100km/h from a standstill in under 3.5 seconds and drive up to a top speed in excess of 150mph. This of course is in race form and for the showroom version for added reliability and whilst keeping buyers happy, Mitsubishi could limit the tune to say, 250 hp and 550Nm of torque.