Drive – Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX Review

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Bruce Newton

Make Model LANCER Price (manual), plus options and Series Year 2009 Group sedan Brakes front and rear discs, ABS EBD. Fuel Consumption L/100 km. Fuel Tank 55-litre tank. Insurance (RACV, 40-year-old rating-one medium-risk suburb, $450 Kerb Weight 1410 kg 206 kW at 6500 rpm.

Safety Dual front airbags; pretensioning and force-limiting front lap-sash seatbelts for all passengers. Rack-and-pinion power steering, 2.1 lock to lock. Turning 11.6 m. Suspension Front: by inverted MacPherson struts, springs and stabiliser bar. Independent by multi-links, coil shock absorbers and stabiliser Torque 355 Nm at 3000 rpm.

Wheels Six-speed manual, Warranty 5 years/130,000 km. Wheels/Tyres 17 x alloy wheels, tyres Space-saver spare wheel.

an enquiry

If driving for you is a means to an end a necessary interlude between and arriving – there is for you to read here.

However, if the is as important for you as the destination, then maybe Mitsubishi’s turbocharged Lancer Evolution IX is your of car.

Just maybe, mind, this rally-inspired rocket is so sharp and unyielding that you still dearly love and hate this car.

Its tuned 2.0-litre engine like night and day from to hyperactive depending on where the hovers in the tacho. Vibration and shudder the senses constantly.

The manual gearbox – the transmission choice – notchily, the clutch pedal only a narrow take-up so stalling is not uncommon.

The ride is rocks, banging on lumpy The low Pirelli PZero Corsa tram-track from one corrugation to Tyre noise invades the with the subtlety of a pack of All forwards, gravel machine-guns the wheel arches on dirt

Ironically, Mitsubishi sells IX as the accessible and easiest Evo to drive.

The introduction of Mivec variable timing, a reprofiled twin turbocharger and other internal such as longer spark mean the legendary 4G63 engine is more powerful and a meatier torque curve. this results in improved consumption and performance times, but it gives a greater degree of and part-throttle response. The six-speed transmission that replaces the Evo five-speed helps, too.

Below 3000 rpm the Evo IX offers reward, but as the turbo winds up, it through the mid-range and on into the top It’s violent and ragged, its thrash-metal song to the 7000 rpm

When you consider that engine delivers 6.0-litre sub-six-second 0-100 km/h and mid to high 13 seconds 400 m times, some pain for so much is understandable. These are the verified of independent testing.

What is fanciful is the official 10.6 km fuel consumption claim. managed 15.6 L/100 km a variety of roads and driving A recent magazine test a horrific 20.9 L/100 km!

On 98 of course.

It could be worse. The Evo IX on a substantial diet, shaving 60 courtesy of an aluminium roof and bars. Even the 17-inch alloy wheels are each 150 lighter.

The result is a 1410-kilogram weight. That’s more 400 kilograms lighter than GT-P Falcon.

Mitsubishi made sure IX the Evo’s legendary handling by the lighter body in 200 extra to keep it tight, inverting the strut front suspension to unsprung weight and lowering the ride height with new

Most importantly, it didn’t with the adjustable Active Differential and Super Active Yaw systems. Computer-controlled, they to distribute torque fore-aft and around the constant all-wheel-drive These electronic safety keep the Evo on course at speed.

they marshal the engine’s and driver inputs in a remarkable

Add go-kart steering, strong brakes, grippy Pirelli and a suspension tune that as speed rises and you will confident behind the wheel. On tarmac this car has few peers; on it is unbeatably quick.

With IX, the Evo a full-time member of the Mitsubishi range, rather than a import. That plays a key in the price reduction to a tasty (the sequential numbering is by the way). That’s $3201 than its closest opposition, the Subaru WRX STi.

For IX, the interior includes a faux look for the dash and three spokes for the Momo steering

New standard equipment includes control, six-CD stacker and a vehicle tracking system. lot joins Evo VIII carry-overs excellent Alcantara suede and sports seats, dual and ABS braking with EBD.

The logo floats on a mesh rather than sitting the VIII’s Mount Fuji partition. Oval ducts the front-mounted intercooler and a new diffuser rear drag. The bonnet surfboard wing and punched-out remain.

IX signals the last update to Evo before it migrates to a new in 2008, just like the of the Lancer range. Evo X – at the Tokyo show last – promises to be a quantum

But replacement will not render Evo IX It will come to be regarded as a … sports sedan.

it got?

Alloy wheels, front sports seats, suede and leather seat leather-wrapped Momo steering climate control, audio with six-CD in-dash power windows, alloy pedals, body kit, central locking, DataDot GPS-based tracking system.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

What’s missing?

Reach for steering wheel, cruise

Price and equipment

Rating: 3.0 out of 5

There is an intended symmetry to the Evo $56,789 price tag. It has the practical effect of keeping it the luxury car tax. Mind one look around the rather cabin is enough to realise luxury with this is a misnomer.

Yes, it now gets control and six CD audio, to go with the trim. But much of it looks and old from the driver#8217;s seat.

the bonnet

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

The 2.0-litre turbocharged and intercooled is an absolute classis. But with the of variable valve timing, a new and some internal fettling it another grade for Evo IX. The raw numbers 206kW and 355Nm – are good and the delivery has been out.

But it#8217;s still raw offering little until you get to the Then all hell breaks A six-speed gearbox manual an extra ratio compared to Evo and that helps milk the awesome potential.

How it drives

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

weight and massive power Evo IX is very quick in a straight But where this car really is in the bends. With all-wheel controlled by computers that torque front to rear and depending on a whole bunch of this is a remarkably quick Its bitumen ability is only by its behaviour on gravel.

Then it is simply brilliant.

Comfort and

Rating: 2.0 out of 5 stars

Not for everyone. In not for many people at all. rough riding and only as a manual, the Evo IX is far too hard core for people#8217;s tastes.

If that put you off then check out the extravagant styling.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

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