Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Barbarian Is Packed Full of Punch

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Barbarian Is Packed Full of Punch

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THE Mitsubishi Barbarian is a revised version of the L200 pick-up, with additional kit and a price tag of pounds 26,935 as tested.

Aiming to offer the best of both worlds, it is both a workhorse and the sort of everyday vehicle that is just as happy on the school run.

Kids even think that pick-ups like this are cool to be seen in.

As the UK's favourite pick-up, the L200 comes in a choice of basic 4Work and not-so-basic double-cab guises, as is the case with the Barbarian, which becomes the new flagship model to replace the Animal.

Powered by a 175bhp 2.5-litre turbodiesel engine mated to an optional five-speed rather than fourspeed automatic gearbox, it offers a combination of 110mph performance and 30mpg economy.

The CO2 rating is 248g/km and it can nip to 60mph in a reasonable 13 seconds, which is not bad for a vehicle weighing in at 1890kg.

Most importantly, it has a figure for torque, or pulling power, of 258lb/ft from just 1800rpm. …

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