Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

From Mitsubishi press: The 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution sedan might not be the right car for you. It was never designed to excel as the next great idea for shuttling kids to the mall, carrying loads of groceries or lumber, towing jet skis, or navigating grid-locked traffic.

Though the Lancer Evolution series of compact high-performance sedans has proven capable of executing such routine tasks, this entire family of highly developed sedans exists for the sole purpose of domination in competition as Group A and Group N rally cars. It is a thoroughbred performance car that challenges enthusiast and race drivers to go faster, compete harder and find fulfillment behind the wheel.

Each installment of the Lancer Evolution sedans have incorporated design improvements, competition reinforcement, and increased capability over the previous generation car. In their domestic market, the later versions of Lancer Evolution sedans were not only noted for their ability to go faster, but also the increased refinement and drivability that made them superior overall designs. With the eighth edition of the vehicle, perhaps the greatest evolutionary change incorporated into the design has been its global reach. Previously, the Lancer Evolution fruit was a treat that only consumers in Japan or Europe were lucky enough to experience.

Lancer Evolution sedans are a species of super cars that beg for long expanses of uncongested, curvaceous roads and drivers willing to conquer such asphalt. Yet the vehicle also offers the practical capacity to carry four adults. Lancer Evolution is a car that goes, turns and stops unlike anything else in the current North American class of compact, turbocharged, all-wheel-drive sedan class. It is a vehicle in a class all its own.

Lancer Evolution is powered by a proven and potent version of the 2.0-liter, 4G63, DOHC, four-cylinder engine design that has been steadily refined for improved durability, flexibility and peak power over the past decade. The engine's reciprocating assembly has been suitably reinforced with forged metal components to better withstand the increased cylinder pressures of forced induction.

Fuel delivery for the four-cylinder engine is handled by a multi-point fuel injection with a computer control that also governs ignition timing. This single ECU is programmed with fuel and ignition maps that help maximize the engine's useable torque across the rpm range while still meeting stringent LEV1-LEV emissions requirements.

The Lancer Evolution sedan uses a large-diameter (60.5 mm) free-flowing exhaust system that reduces back pressure and includes a catalytic converter and two sound-absorbing pre-mufflers. The low restriction main muffler utilizes a built-in back-pressure variable valve that reduces exhaust noise at low engine speeds and improves exhaust flow at higher speed. The output for the U.S.-specification 2.0-liter engine is 271 horsepower at 6,500 rpm, and 273 lbs-ft of torque at 3,500 rpm from a vehicle that requires a strict diet of synthetic oil.

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