Brandon Vera is exactly what the 2020 Mitsubishi Strada Athlete represents

Jul 10, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates
The Strada Athlete is literally Brandon Vera in car form.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) posted a video of the Mitsubishi Strada Athlete, together with mixed-martial arts phenom Brandon Vera. If you saw the video, then you’ll have finally understood what MMPC was going for when they introduced the Strada Athlete to the Philippine market.

The New Mitsubishi Strada Athlete: Unleash the Athlete in you

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If you don’t know who Brandon Vera is, he’s an American-born MMA athlete currently signed with One Championship, and previously with the Ultimate Fighting Championship from 2005 to 2014. He’s half Filipino, born to a Pinoy father, and an Italian mother.

He’s a dominating looking man, standing at six feet three inches, and when we consider his fight records, he’s indeed a dominant bruiser. He was the World Kickboxing Association Heavyweight Champion, the eight-time Grappler’s Quest Champion, the 2005 World Extreme Cagefighting Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion, and more recently, the One Heavyweight Championship.

A picture of Brandon Vera wearing Filipino colors while holding a championship belt

He's deadly when fighting in the ring, but is actually a friendly dude 

Why are we talking about this athlete? Well, we just answered our own question there because the Mitsubishi Strada Athlete is just the type of vehicle that represents who Mr. Vera is. The Strada Athlete’s 2.4-liter turbo diesel engine and seven-speed AT combo are robust and powerful, and it's Super Select 4WD-II is a proven system, exactly like an athlete that was honed to perfection by hours of training. 

A picture of the Strada Athlete in a dry desert area

The Athlete looks very different from the standard Strada

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Moreover, the Strada Athlete has got the stance and looks of a warrior with its blacked-out radiator grille, bi-LED projector headlamps with daytime running lamps, and black 18-inch wheels. It also comes with a blacked-out bumper with tailgate grip, and even the Strada Athlete’s body graphics are reminiscent of Mr. Vera’s intricate tattoos.

Now, going back to the engine, the 2.4-liter turbo diesel can make 178 horsepower and 430 Nm of torque. Sure, there’s the Strada GT, but that variant looks more elegant and sedate when compared to the brusque awesomeness of the Mitsubishi Strada Athlete.

Brandon Vera standing near the Mitsubishi Strada Athlete

Brandon Vera together with the Strada Athlete

Currently, the Strada Athlete sits on top of the Strada variant lineup. It’s the most expensive at Php 1,760,000 for the 4x4 version, but its 4x2 version is more affordable at Php 1,443,000. But hey, that’s just the price you have to pay to represent that atmosphere of rugged determination whenever we see people like Brandon Vera.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.