Three-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton happens to be known in facial hair circles for his chinstrap. He’s also very quick. The Mitsubishi Mirage gets more power and a big honkin’ chinstrap across the front in its 2017 refresh. Coincidence? I think not. Clearly, this car must go on a race track.
Everyone knows how jealous I am of Canada’s Micra Cup. Identical little hatchbacks duking it out in the cutest way possible? Yes, please. We don’t get Micras, though, but we get another subcompact in the same vein: the Mirage.
The Mirage will remain underpowered even compared to B-Spec cars, but now the use of a roller-type camshaft gives its 1.2-liter 3-cylinder engine a bump up to 78 hp over its current 74, plus 74 lb-ft of torque. A manual transmission is still standard, just as it should be. (Sure, I like my Lancer’s CVT better than a regular slushbox, but come on: don’t.)