Since its UK launch in 2015, the Mitsubishi L200 Series 5 has been put through its paces in a number of adventures, so let’s re-visit some of its greatest road trips.
Before its UK launch in 2015 we embarked on an 18-day journey from Cirencester in the UK to Africa (and back again) clocking up 4,200 miles in our very first L200 Series 5. The main purpose of the trip was to gather promotional video and photography to use for the launch material and marketing campaign. ‘Mitsubishi L200 Series 5 – Showing the world how it’s done’. Whilst there we tested the Series 5 in some of the world’s most extreme locations – from putting the turning circle through its paces at Dades Gorge to taking the 4WD system to its limits atop the Atlas Mountains.
The L200 Series 5 also gave us the creative opportunity to launch the SVP (Specialist Vehicle Programme) and produce two limited edition special vehicles. The L200 Barbarian SVP I added wheel arch extensions, unique black alloy wheels, black front grille, roof rails and black trimming, which produced an even more aggressive off-road look to the vehicle. The L200 Barbarian SVP II followed suit and was adorned with contrasting black and orange trimming and two-tone components such as wheels, front grille and roof rails which made the SVP II truly stand out from the crowd. The L200 Barbarian SVP I and Barbarian SVP II were limited to a run of just 250 vehicles each, and available in limited colours.
The SVP II featured in the November 2017 issue of CAR Magazine. To mark Mitsubishi Motors in the UK’s sponsorship of England and Scotland Rugby, CAR Magazine undertook an adventurous drive in all six countries which compete in Europe’s 6 Nations Rugby tournament. The first of the three road trips took an L200 Barbarian SVP II from England, into France and onto Italy. The route chosen included crossing the Alps on rutted off-road tracks, winding through the mountain passes of Oulx and soaking up the atmosphere in Florence. It was here that the game of Calcio Storico was witnessed. A brutal 16th-Century competition in which 27 players on each side take over the market square and compete in an event which can only be described as a mix of football, rugby and martial arts. It has to be seen to be believed!
The inspiration for the L200 Barbarian SVP II was taken from a collaboration with the Fast & Furious Live Arena show. Starting life as a standard L200, the Fast & Furious Live truck soon undertook a radical new look, for maximum visual impact and incorporated numerous performance enhancements. Modular steel wheels measuring a massive 15 x 15 inches and extended suspension meant the body of the L200 underwent considerable modification and included the encasing of the body shell with an external roll cage. Topping it off is two-tone grey and black paint with details picked out in bright orange. Beneath the skin, the bespoke L200 runs a modified version of the 2.4-litre turbodiesel engine. Power is boosted with the fitment of a Garrett turbocharger; custom side-exit exhaust system and a larger front-mounted intercooler, along with a re-mapped engine ECU. The interior was stripped to the bare essentials, and fitted with a pair of Corbeau carbon fibre bucket seats with four-point Luke race harnesses. The vehicle featured in the Fast & Furious Live arena show across the UK, with some of the vehicles from the film franchise.
Now for something very special!
In early 2017 we embarked on an adventure with Top Gear Magazine to create a true one-of-a-kind vehicle and a concept that would test the versatility and capability of the L200. Enter the Desert Warrior (or Project Swarm as Top Gear refers to it). Built as a pre-runner for desert raids and long distance rallies, the Desert Warrior certainly lived up to its extreme concept. The Desert Warrior was fitted with an exo-cage, massive wheels, beefed up suspension, racing seats and lights bright enough to illuminate Blackpool Tower. Oh and I almost forgot to mention that it also included a Motoped scrambler/mountain bike hybrid and a large wing which houses automatically-deployed drones! The finished machine was something to behold. You can read all about the Desert Warrior’s adventure from the UK to Namibia and see it tackle the dunes all here on the Blog at: https://www.mitsubishi-cars.co.uk/blog/post/desert-warrior-the-introduction
The L200 Series 5 launched to critical acclaim and has won many prestigious awards over the last few years. Auto Express named the L200 as ‘Best Pick-up’ for a record-breaking four years in a row from 2015-2018. Car Buyer awarded the L200 ‘Best Pick-up’ for three consecutive years, 2017, 2018 and 2019, whilst Parkers have named the L200 as ‘Best Pick-up’ for 2019. We also scooped a double set of awards in 2016 winning What Van? ‘Pick-up of the Year’ and ‘Light Commercial of the Year’.