The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is now in Malaysia, priced at RM 315,436.10 on the road without insurance together with a 1 year or 20,000km warranty. This is more expensive than what the Lancer Evolution 9 was asking for (a tad over RM280K), however looking at the specs list there are lots of extra comforts that seem to justify the sticker price.
The Evo 9 was quite a barebones car – it had the powerful engine and the advanced all-wheel drive system but that was it. It had manual climate control and a very basic audio system. In contrast to that, the new Lancer Evolution features a premium 9-speaker Rockford Fosgate Premium Sound System, and comfortable and relaxed cruising is very much achievable thanks to the automatic mode of the Twin Clutch SST gearbox. This time the officially imported Evolution comes without that pesky 180km/h JDM speed limiter!
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The engine under the hood is a new 4B11T all-aluminium 2.0 litre MIVEC DOHC engine with a quick-spooling twin scroll turbocharger, which finally ends the 4G63T’s long faithful service in the Lancer Evolution series. In the stock Lancer Evolution X state of tune it produces 295 PS at 6,500rpm and 366Nm of torque at 3,500rpm (interestingly, this is actually less than the previously sold Evo 9’s 400Nm).
This engine is mated to the 6-speed Twin Clutch SST gearbox (ratios: 1st – 3.655, 2nd – 2.368, 3rd – 1.754, 4th – 1.322, 5th – 1.008, 6th – 0.775), which has three driving modes – Normal, Sport and Super Sport. For daily driving just leave it in Normal mode. Manual shifting is enabled via lightweight magnesium paddle shifters on the steering column.
The car rides on a MacPherson strut suspension at the front and a multi-link design at the rear. Shocks are Bilstein, springs are Eibach and wheels are 18 inch BBS lightweight aluminium wheels wrapped with 18 inch low profile wide tyres. Brakes are massive Brembo disc brakes with 4 pot calipers at the front and 2 pot calipers at the rear for excellent stopping power.
Other equipment include 7 airbags (2 x front, 2 x side, 2 x curtain and 1 driver knee), ELR seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters, adaptive front lighting, HID headlamps, Recaro full bucket front seats, genuine leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, keyless entry and start as well as a sunroof.
And then there is of course the Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) system integrating Active Centre Differential, Active Yaw Control, Active Stability Control and Sport ABS.
The Lancer Evolution is available in three colors: a choice of Red Metallic (shown in pic above), Phantom Black Pearl or a delicious Solid White.
The question now is what next? Will Mitsubishi Motors Japan allow Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia to make available the less powerful Mitsubishi Galant Fortis Ralliart for sale here in Malaysia as the Lancer Ralliart? Looking at the price of the Evo X, a Lancer Ralliart with 240 PS, Twin Clutch SST and a less sophisticated all-wheel drive could go for RM250K, positioning it as a more premium offering to the Civic Type R and Golf GTI.
PHOTO GALLERY: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
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