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Why you need the Mitsubishi Evolution IX

Aug 13, 2008
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution first appeared in the early 90s to pave the way for Mitsubishi's entry into the World Rally Championship's Group A class and the SCCA Pro rally Championship. Only the Japanese were lucky enough to witness the first ever Evo's which were based on the Mitsubishi's family Lancer saloon.

The Evo was quickly in demand and as more and more interest developed they started to enter europe as a prized grey-market import. The growing excitement soon alerted Mitsubishi's attention and they sanctioned official imports to the UK in 1998.

The very first model had a 5 speed gearbox and a powerful 2.0 litre engine, brought together with a four wheel drive system, this car could bump out 244bhp which was pretty meaty stuff for a saloon. This was the president which was set for future standards for the Evo, and Mitsubishi didn't come off the gas at any point giving us many different and powerful versions of a classic motor car.

The Lancer Saloon and the Evolution were developed alongside each other and although the Evo's weight increased, the excellent handling and power took up the slack with ease and the car soon became a wish list favorite. The Mitsubishi Evo really did evolve into a necessary purchase for any self respecting petrol head, and although the car wasn't that tasty to look at, it certainly had the fire power.

The Evolution IX hit the roads in 2006 and was the last of the squared edged Evo's off the line before the newer models were drafted. The engine stayed true to the 2.0 litre turbo with 345 bhp and a newer 6 speed sports box to drive things along. The body had a bigger carbon fibre rear wing for better control and the roof was a lighter aluminum design.

Without any problem, the car could reach 158mph top speed and accelerate to 60mph in just 4.2 seconds, which is enough to keep you firmly riveted to the back of your seat, but although the Evo was fast it was known for more than just power. The Evo was a rally drivers dream as it was very smooth to handle, probably one of the best handling sports saloons ever produced.

On a point to point race, tackling winding roads and tracks there are very few cars in the same class which could compete with the Evo, largely due to the four wheel drive and low centre of gravity. Bilstien dampers and Super active Yaw control gave the car handling which was second to none, so if you manage to get hold of an Evo, go steady. These cars can move.

A strong indication of what the all new Evolution X may look like was unveiled when they showed the Concept X showcar in 2005. Gone were the square lines replaced by cool modern styling and a smoother more aerodynamic bodystyle. Although the car's looks have been updated this car is still in tradition with the Evolution of old, she just had a nip and tuck to remain pretty.
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