Throughout its nearly 50-year history, Mitsubishi has churned out a decent amount of capable off-roading vehicles, like the Lancer and Pajero, which both succeeded in making Mitsubishi a pretty big name in rally racing. The Mitsubishi Space Star, however, a $247 beater of a hatchback featured in the below video, may not be on the same level as the Lancer or Pajero. Ok, forget may. It definitely isn’t on the same level. Even so, that didn’t stop the guys over at Car Throttle from taking it off road to see how long it could survive all the jumps, puddles, and hills they could throw at it. Because sometimes taking an ill-equipped vehicle into an off-roading situation can be just as entertaining as conquering the trails with an off-road beast. So long as you’re prepared to get tossed around a decent amount.
The title of the video is “What Does It Take To Kill A £200 Mitsubishi?” (shout out to all the British gearheads out there), and as you can see from the footage, it takes a lot more than you might think to bring this bad boy down. Keep in mind, this is a course meant for a Can-Am Maverick X3 off-roader.
WATCH: Mitsubishi Space Star Takes on Off-Roading Course
Once the Space Star finally died, the Car Throttle dudes celebrate by driving a vehicle much more suited for their location, the aforementioned Can-Am Maverick X3, and it looked like a complete blast. I mean, that thing absolutely RIPS. If you don’t like seeing crappy clunkers with minimal safety features get completely beat up on, this part of the video is probably more your speed.
Since the video is a couple years old, they were riding around in the 2017 model of the Maverick X3, which is working with a turbocharged triple-cylinder engine that churns out around 154 horsepower. With the ability to switch between rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive and a CVT (continuously variable transmission) for improved acceleration, the Maverick could eclipse most ATVs at the time. Throw in the ground clearance, suspension travel, and badass styling, and this thing makes for the ultimate off-roader.
If you’re itching to get behind the steering wheel of an ATV and hit the trails after seeing the Maverick in action, we don’t blame you.
This post was originally published on December 11, 2019.