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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX has an impressive performance and plenty of grip

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
2.0 Turbo 280 hp 10.6 l/100km Petrol 5.7 s 250 km/h
2.0 Turbo 305 hp ? Petrol 4.7 s 250 km/h
2.0 Turbo 326 hp ? Petrol 4.5 s 250 km/h
2.0 Turbo 345 hp ? Petrol 4.3 s 250 km/h
2.0 Turbo 366 hp ? Petrol 4.1 s 250 km/h

Body type Sedan
Number of doors 4
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels All
Length 4 490 mm
Width 1 770 mm
Height 1 450 mm
Wheelbase 2 625 mm
Ground clearance 140 mm
Weight (normal) 1 465 kg
Weight (max) 1 885 kg
Boot space (min) 430 l
Boot space (max) 430 l
Fuel capacity 55 l


   The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX was produced between 2005 and 2007. It was replaced with the new Evolution X.

   There is no matter which Evo you will go for as all of them are impressively fast. Currently in USA only 280 hp model is available while there are four even stronger engines. In this car all the power comes above 3 000 rpm. It comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.

   It's all-wheel-drive provides incredible traction in the corners. The Lancer Evolution IX received a revised suspension, which makes it the most thrilling Evo ever produced. Furthermore it's ride isn't that bad for a rally car. It has got a responsive and accurate steering which is well weighted.

   Unfortunately the Evolution IX was designed for a very focused drivers. Most of it's soundproofing was sacrificed to save weight. Exhaust note is disturbing, as well as wind and road noises.

   Mitsubishis mechanical perfection do not comes cheap. Furthermore even the entry-level engine is thirsty on fuel. Constant servicing every 7 000 km won't help your pocket as well. Despite that it is a cult car, which keeps it's value well. Engines are reliable as far as you are will service them constantly.

   Inside the Evolution trim fabrics and plastics do not impress. Everything is rather bland, but made to last. At this point Mitsubishi went for simplicity as there is nothing that especially catches the eye.

   Evolution has an excellent driving position. Seats are supportive and the steering wheel is a pleasure to hold.

   Despite it's racing nature this car is reasonably spacious and practical. There could be more shoulder space for the front occupants, but there is plenty of head- and legroom to compensate. Four adults can get themselves comfortable, while boot will take all their luggage.

   The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX comes with a reasonably safety equipment even on the entry-level models. The high-tech all-wheel-drive system adds some active safety as well. The Evo comes with an anti-lock brakes and traction control as standard. On the security list there is only an alarm, but no deadlocks.

   For the first time Mitsubishi wasn't shy to fit an air conditioning inside the Evolution. It also comes with alloy wheels and a CD player. Top of the range models add leather seats and satellite navigation.


   Advantages: Evolution has an impressive performance and plenty of grip. Furthermore it is reasonably practical and because of it's cult status keeps it's value well.

   Disadvantages: Pricey to run and needs constant servicing. Low-speed ride is hard, while the sound isolation is poor.

   Verdict: Feels at home where the road bends, but not in the city.

   Also consider: Subaru Impreza WRX


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