The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
The Emperors' weapon of choice is the legendary Mitsubishi
Lancer Evolution. Its power comes from a turbocharged and intercooled, double
inline four engine, producing a stock maximum power anywhere from 271hp to 286hp in the Evo IX. Coded the 4G63, this iron block powerplant has been known
to support power upwards of up to 600hp. With some careful modifications, the Evo's 4G63 can become a force to be reckoned with.
So far, the Emperors have in their arsenal the first
US-version of the Lancer Evolution, the Evo VIII. Boasting 271hp,
276-lb/ft of torque, a short-shifting
5-speed manual transmission and a 0-60 time of about 5 seconds, this road going rally car has the adequate balance of power and handling in a fun-to-drive package.
Standard equipment was sparse, but included power mirrors, door locks, and windows. HID headlights, a powerful Brembo brake system, MOMO steering wheel and Recaro seats complement the purposeful appeal of the car.
2003 Lancer Evolution VIII
Further up the ladder, a subsequent model improvement resulted in a bigger turbo hotside, and a handy increase in both power and torque. 276hp and 286-lb/ft of torque
coupled with an Active Center Differential with three driver-selectable modes (Tarmac, Gravel or Snow), the 2005 Lancer Evolution became an even more
popular choice among Evolution enthusiasts.
2005 Lancer Evolution VIII
At the top of the Evo lineup was the Lancer Evolution MR.
MR, shorthand for Mitsubishi Racing, boasted some features that it shared with
its lesser brother,
the Evo VIII RS. They shared a lightweight aluminum roof which lowers the center of gravity, saving a net weight of 4kgs. The MR has a lighter steel trunklid,
shaving a pound, and wears lightweight forged BBS Aluminum alloy wheels. It has a sporty 6-speed manual transmission and rear, roof-mounted
Vortex Generators which help optimize airflow over the Carbon-Fiber rear wing, increasing downforce.
2005 Lancer Evolution VIII MR
2006 saw a model change, and an even
more improved engine. Now incorporating MIVEC, a variable valve timing
system employed on the intake valves,
the Evo's stout 4G63 produces 286hp and 289-lb/ft of torque. Dubbed the Evo IX, this is the latest and final iteration of the CT9A Lancer Evolution
chassis before the all-new Lancer Evolution X bows down sometime in 2008. A revised front end and rear bumper differentiates the Evo IX from the VIII,
but US-bound IXs retain the Evo VIII's rear bumper for crash safety reasons. Smoked chrome head- and tail-lights, revised interior treatment and new,
double-five-spoke Enkei alloy wheels on the RS and standard IX models distinguishes them from the VIII cars, and the IX MR (by name) uses body-color Vortex Generators. The rear wing has been made hollow for weight reduction, and all cars now come equipped with the more durable, metal diverter valve (03-05 Evos come
with a leaky plastic diverter valve)
2006 Lancer Evolution IX MR
The Emperor LanEvo Club of the
Philippines have a better selection of Lancer Evos, with some of them dating
back to as far as the Lancer Evolution II. The
majority of their cars conform to the Japanese specification, so they benefit from all the upgrades and options available to the JDM-spec Evos.
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