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benyl
03-05-2005, 02:41 AM
Tokyo, March 2, 2005 Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) today announced that the Lancer Evolution IX high-performance 4WD sports sedan would go on sale at affiliated dealerships throughout Japan on March 3, 2005. With a 2.0-liter intercooler-turbocharged engine powering all four wheels through an electronically controlled 4WD system, Evolution IX raises all dynamic performance parameters to a new level. Tax inclusive prices range from 2,940,000 yen to 3,570,000 yen.
Evolution IX marks the 12th model in the series, which has also included an automatic transmission model, since the Lancer Evolution debuted in October 1992. Major features distinguishing the latest model include the adoption of Mitsubishi's proprietary MIVEC*1 variable valve timing technology in the intake system and improvements to the turbocharger that result in higher torque and produce better response for improved engine performance across its full rev range. New front and rear bumpers bring both high aerodynamics and cooling performance.

Evolution IX is offered in three trim levels. The flagship GSR grade features Mitsubishi Motors' cutting-edge ACD*2 + Super AYC*3 + Sports ABS*4 electronically controlled all-wheel control component system and a 6-speed manual gearbox. The motorsport-specification RS uses a special lightweight body, a new titanium-magnesium turbocharger, 5-speed gearbox and ACD + mechanical rear LSD all-wheel control. New for Evolution IX is the GT grade that brings together RS's turbocharger and drivetrain specification and GSR's comfort-bias body with its enhanced sound deadening. Allowing owners to customize their Evolution IX's to individual needs and preferences, a comprehensive range of factory- and dealer-fitted options as well as Ralliart tuning and dress up parts are available.

I . Product features

1. Exterior

In an integral molding, the new front bumper houses an oversize mesh grille to raise engine cooling efficiency and also locates the Mitsubishi 3-diamond emblem. All unnecessary openings on the undersurface of the bumper have been closed off to reduce air resistance.
The new rear bumper features a diffuser undersurface in a distinctive design that shapes the corners to stabilize air flow detachment and reduce drag and that adds to Evolution's sedan-racer looks.
The rear wing assembly uses molded vertical components color-keyed to the body and a carbon-fiber hollow spoiler that lowers the center of gravity.
Dark-clear extensions on headlamps and rear lamps enhance the car's premium appearance.
GSR and GT trim levels run on Enkei 17x8JJ lightweight 5-double-spoke alloy road wheels that are 0.15 kg per wheel lighter than those fitted to Evolution VIII MR.
Evolution IX is available with a new air dam extension and rear wing Gurney flap (dealer options) that further improve aero efficiency. These advanced aero devices improve high-speed handling and stability by reducing front and rear wheel lift and enhancing the front-rear aero balance.
2. Interior

Dashboard ornamentation on GSR and GT models is clear coated with a rich carbon-like finish.
GSR and GT models use new alloy accelerator, brake and clutch pedals designed for sport driving as well as to accent the sedan-racer look to the cockpit.
GSR uses Recaro bucket seats. The squab facing uses non-slip Alcantara suede upholstery that keeps the occupant fresh and comfortable even on longer journeys while the side bolster facings are covered in genuine leather making the seats easier to get in and out of and also adding a touch of choice luxury to the interior.
GSR is equipped with a carbon shifter panel embellished with the Lancer Evolution logo.
GSR and GT models use a high-density dash silencer and double-sealing weatherstrips that reduce interior noise levels.
3. Engine & transmission

For Evolution IX the 4G63 engine gains Mitsubishi's MIVEC variable valve timing technology that improves top-end output as well as fuel efficiency. MIVEC technology allows GSR to return 10.0 km/l in the Japanese 10-15 mode driving cycle, equivalent to a three percent improvement in mileage.
On GSR, the turbocharger uses a lengthened diffuser to generate more low-end and mid-range torque (400 N-m(40.8 kg-m)/3000rpm) as well as bring a significant improvement in response (average 5%) across the full rev range.
On the RS and GT, the turbocharger compressor wheel uses magnesium alloy instead of aluminum alloy. This brings a dramatic improvement in supercharging response. Mated to a 5-speed gearbox with higher torque capacity, the engine has been tuned to generate maximum torque of 407 N-m(41.5 kg-m)/3000rpm.
The 5-speed transmission used on the RS and GT derives from the close-ratio competition gearbox but has a revised top gear ratio for improved high-speed cruising.
4. Other features

New rear springs lower vehicle height slightly, improving rear end stability (GSR and GT) and allowing the Super AYC to operate more effectively and improve steering response (GSR).
Features retained on Evolution IX include: Evolution's well-proven lightweight and high rigidity body featuring the aluminum roof panel pioneered on Evolution VIII MR (all grades); jointly-developed Bilstein hi-response shock absorbers (GSR and GT); Mitsubishi's ACD + Super AYC + Sports ABS electronically controlled all-wheel control system (GSR); and Brembo ventilated disc brakes (GSR and GT).
*1: Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system

*2: ACD (Active Center Differential)
The ACD incorporates an electronically controlled hydraulic multi-plate clutch. An ECU optimizes clutch cover clamp load for different driving conditions, regulating the differential limiting action between free and locked states. The result is improved steering response together with better traction. ACD provides three modes Tarmac / Gravel / Snow to enable quicker control response for changes in road surface. A single ECU provides integrated management of both ACD and Super AYC components.


*3: Super AYC (Active Yaw Control)
Mitsubishi's Active Yaw Control system uses a torque-transfer mechanism in the rear differential. Under ECU control, the system operates to raise cornering performance by transferring torque between the rear wheels as dictated by driving conditions and so control the yaw moment acting on the car body. In an evolutionary step, switching from the use of a bevel to a planetary gear differential gave Super AYC the ability to transfer almost twice the torque between the rear wheels. As well as reducing understeer further, it delivers LSD-level traction. The use of a single ECU to integrally manage Super AYC with the ACD results in a synergism that makes both components operate more effectively than if they were under independent control.


*4: Sport ABS braking
The system ECU uses information from a steering angle sensor that detects steering inputs as well as from lateral G and vehicle speed sensors to apportion pressure to each of the four wheels independently. The result is improved steering response under braking. Mitsubishi's Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) system, integral with Sports ABS, optimizes allocation of braking force between the front and rear wheels. Increasing the pressure applied to the rear wheels when braking close to the limit, EBD reduces the load on the front wheels to realize better anti-fade performance. The system also compensates for changes in surface and vehicle load conditions to ensure predictable and consistent stopping performance at all times.
II . Sales information

1. Sales target: 5,000 units

2. Available at: MMC affiliated dealerships throughout Japan

3. Manufacturers Recommended Retail Price (nationwide, yen)

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http://media.mitsubishi-motors.com/pressrelease/e/products/detail1228.html

benyl
03-05-2005, 02:43 AM
Video

http://www.mitsubishi-motors.tv/categories/motorsports/lancerevo/gunma.html

benyl
03-05-2005, 02:46 AM
http://www.mitsubishi-motors.co.jp/EVO/img/index_topphoto.jpg

http://www.mitsubishi-motors.co.jp/EVO/img/exterior01_i01.jpg

http://www.mitsubishi-motors.co.jp/EVO/img/exterior01_i02.jpg

http://www.mitsubishi-motors.co.jp/EVO/img/exterior01_i03.jpg

finboy
03-05-2005, 03:04 AM
amazing :drool:

saiyajin
03-05-2005, 03:06 AM
hawwwt they brought back some touches of the EvoVII which was one of my fave Evos :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

dirty_magic
03-05-2005, 03:12 AM
Yeah, Im likin it, like you said, its going back a bit more to how it used to look.

cujo_cjc
03-05-2005, 03:26 AM
any chance of this making it to canada?

habsfan
03-05-2005, 09:21 AM
very very nice looking car, but i still wish they would get rid of the ricer tail lights

BokCh0y
03-05-2005, 09:54 AM
looks hot. i really like the interior.

Shaolin
03-05-2005, 11:30 AM
I heard Mitsu dealerships have a waiting list for a test drive here in Canada? :dunno:

futurecivic
03-05-2005, 12:41 PM
damn nice :eek:

Kirbs17
03-05-2005, 01:10 PM
:hitit: Thats an amazing evo. I was a huge fan of the evo VIII but this one might just top that

2.0turbo
03-05-2005, 01:25 PM
Originally posted by cujo_cjc
any chance of this making it to canada?

Yup

:burnout: :burnout:
:burnout: :burnout:

Comming in fall 2007

finboy
03-05-2005, 01:35 PM
Originally posted by 2.0turbo


Yup

:burnout: :burnout:
:burnout: :burnout:

Comming in fall 2007

WHOOO HOOOOOOO :burnout:

Altezza
03-05-2005, 04:35 PM
Since this is based on EVO VIII, notice the lack of a crash bar. If we see an EVO in Canada, it'll probably have to be a new iteration, EVO X.

CRXguy
03-05-2005, 05:05 PM
Originally posted by Altezza
Since this is based on EVO VIII, notice the lack of a crash bar. If we see an EVO in Canada, it'll probably have to be a new iteration, EVO X.

:banghead:

streetarab
03-05-2005, 06:42 PM
the front looks awesome and the back looks amazing, how come the sideskirts look so bland? other than that, its just amazing, since we already have the evoVIII here im sure the IX will show up, and you guys cant bitch, you can import cars from japan:D

XylathaneGTR
03-05-2005, 07:25 PM
Beautiful car...
the first interior shot = :drool

cycosis
03-05-2005, 07:53 PM
i like the bumper upgrade, everything else loks kinda the same...aesthetically

crazydriver
03-05-2005, 11:48 PM
Finally its here.. and another 15 yrs later.. i'll have one legally too

d-UNiT
04-10-2005, 09:20 AM
:confused:

buh_buh
04-10-2005, 09:34 AM
holy shit, good footwork.
But I guess Panizzi's a pro rally driver too.

JAYMEZ
04-10-2005, 10:08 AM
Where does it say its coming to canada in 2007???

1badPT
04-10-2005, 10:52 AM
Out of all the cars I love, this is still by far the ugliest :thumbsup:

Skyline_Addict
04-10-2005, 01:00 PM
sweeeeeeeeeeeet.

Xtrema
04-10-2005, 01:16 PM
Ugly and the same spot for intercooler means no Canadian version any time soon?

hyperwhite
04-10-2005, 04:50 PM
i'm liking the new evo, too bad we cant get them :cry: but i like how they just cleaned up the styling alittle, not as "edgy" as the current evo. but im wondering just how functional the rear diffuser is :dunno:

streetarab
04-11-2005, 09:39 PM
btw, those things are pretty abundant down here, you see them two or three times a week, the wheels fit the car nicely as well, 6 spoke rims and well fitting tires :bigpimp: :drool:

Seanith
04-11-2005, 11:42 PM
Sweet! I can't wait till the EVO finally comes to Canada. Whether it is this iteration or another one..

dugrant153
04-11-2005, 11:58 PM
I heard that it wouldn't come to Canada??

bumper laws? meh?

k_dawg
04-12-2005, 08:29 AM
I want one so bad its so amazing :drool: :drool:

rockym20
04-12-2005, 10:01 AM
Mitsubishi said they were designing the new Evo to meet Canadian laws.

gromet
04-12-2005, 01:34 PM
:burnout: :burnout:
:burnout: :burnout: :drool: :drool: :drool:

sputnik
04-12-2005, 01:59 PM
Originally posted by rockym20
Mitsubishi said they were designing the new Evo to meet Canadian laws.

Where did they say that?

benyl
04-12-2005, 02:56 PM
Originally posted by rockym20
Mitsubishi said they were designing the new Evo to meet Canadian laws.

hahahahhaha, I will believe it when I see it.

rockym20
04-12-2005, 03:39 PM
Right here, smart-asses:

http://www.canadiandriver.com/news/021024-1.htm

"It's mainly the bumper standards in Canada," says Mr. Gagnon. "The low volume of EVO sales in Canada wouldn't warrant the redesign expense at this point. We'll probably have to wait until the next redesign, when the car will be built for full North American compliance."

RickDaTuner
04-12-2005, 09:29 PM
I bet we will not get the Super AYC, wich means that the ACD will suck ass. It will probably be like the Auto Center Diff found in the 2004 STi and base its split on throttle position and steering angle making for a not so refined turn in. i also put my money on not getting the Recaros either

but all in all, a nice car, if it comes to canada I wouldnt mind driving one

rockym20
04-13-2005, 09:39 AM
Actually, I just read on Canadian Driver that we won't be getting the Evo IX. The new Evo is just a mild revision of the Evo VIII. As such, the body and bumpers are basically unchanged.

240droptop
04-13-2005, 12:34 PM
HOT :drool: HOT :drool: HOT :drool: HOT

Xtrema
04-18-2005, 08:11 AM
No EVO for Canada til complete redesign or re-enforce the bumper to protect the intercooler!

http://www.canadiandriver.com/articles/ly/evoenvy.htm

heavyD
04-18-2005, 10:29 AM
We are getting the EVO X in 2007 not the current generation EVO. The EVO X will be completely re-designed and may not use the 4G63.

I got to look at an EVO VIII MR while I was in Salt Lake City last week and I can say that these cars look far better in person. The big brakes and the wheels make the car look serious. I don't understand why anyone would call this car ugly.:dunno: