Matthew Jones04 February 2014

This is a 195mph Mitsubishi Colt

Germans tune pensioner’s shopping cart to 978hp. Now it's faster than a 458…

A German tuner has transformed the simpering Mitsubishi Colt into an 978bhp, 195mph Ferrari 458-beater.

Yep, this Colt has a huge turbocharger strapped to its 2.0-litre 16V 4G63 engine, and after a lot of careful mapping work by Boba Motorsport, now produces nearly 1000 horsepowers.

You want numbers? Hold on tight: 0-62mph takes 3.0 seconds. 62-124mph takes 3.7 seconds, 124-186mph takes 9.8 seconds, and it'll run onto a top speed of 195.7mph. Which, plainly, is ridiculous. And faster than a Ferrari 458.

Four-wheel drive gives the Colt at least a fighting change of staying on the road, but as you can see from the video, it still looks a trifle... squirrelly.

Now watch. And if you're not a fan of suburban nightclub house music, click on to 1:53 for the speed runs and 4:03 for terminal velocity...

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