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    2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR

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    From legendary racing DNA and a legacy of heart-pounding excitement on the FIA world rally circuit, the striking new 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR was introduced at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. Loaded with power and aerodynamic enhancements culled from Mitsubishi's rally-racing success during the past 13 years, the Lancer Evolution IX MR further distinguishes the vehicle as the undisputable leader in the high-performance compact sedan market.

    This latest edition to the Lancer Evolution model line, designed to compete against far more expensive sports cars, easily lives up to its Mitsubishi motorsports pedigree. By combining brute power and graceful agility, the Lancer Evolution IX MR is sure to raise the adrenaline of driving enthusiasts at every turn.

    Charged with taking the Lancer Evolution driving experience to the next level, Mitsubishi engineers complemented the vehicle's unmatched riding and handling characteristics - refined on the world's most demanding test tracks - with even more power and torque for 2006.


    "Pound for pound, dollar for dollar, nothing can touch the Lancer Evolution IX," said Rich Gilligan, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America. "For people who want to truly stand out in a high-performance compact sedan, there's no better value than this latest edition of the Lancer Evolution series."

    Mechanical

    The 2006 Lancer Evolution features a standard two-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4 intercooled turbocharged engine, which is enhanced this year with variable valve technology (VVT). This Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing and lift Electronic Control (MIVEC) system utilizes a VVT sprocket to optimize valve timing relative to the engine condition. This technological advancement, combined with enhancements to the vehicle's turbocharger, produces higher torque and better response for improved engine performance across the Lancer Evolution IX's full rpm range. The improved powerplant reaches 286 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 289 foot-pounds of torque at a very low 3500 rpm.

    The Evolution IX MR features a rally-tuned fully independent suspension that also utilizes Bilstein" monotube shock absorbers. Full-time all-wheel drive with an active center differential (ACD) provides improved steering response and better traction. Three ACD modes are provided - tarmac, gravel and snow - to enable quicker controlled response for changes in road conditions. The Lancer Evolution also features front- and rear-limited slip differentials, and four-wheel ventilated BREMBO(TM) disc brakes to help control the beast.

    Exterior

    True to its racing heritage, the Lancer Evolution IX also features a number of exterior enhancements to further improve the aerodynamics and cooling performance of the vehicle. A new front fascia houses an oversize mesh grille and front center bumper air inlets to improve engine-cooling efficiency.

    In addition, all unnecessary openings on the undersurface of the bumper have been closed to reduce air resistance. The rear wing assembly features a carbon fiber hollow spoiler that lowers the center of gravity of the Lancer Evolution IX.

    A new air dam extension and rear-wing wicker bill also are available as dealer options. These advanced aerodynamic devices improve the high-speed handling and stability of the Lancer Evolution IX by increasing downforce, reducing front and rear wheel lift and enhancing the front-rear aerodynamic balance of the vehicle.

    The Lancer Evolution IX MR rides on 17x8-inch BBS forged aluminum rims. The MR also features 235/45/17 Yokohama(TM) ADVAN(R) high-grip tires. The vehicle's aggressive appearance is further updated with new extended smoked front and rear lamp bezels.

    Interior

    Complementing the performance and exterior enhancements, Mitsubishi Motors engineers also updated the Lancer Evolution IX interior to further assure drivers they are riding in a very special automobile.

    Standard Recaro(TM) bucket seats feature Alcantara upholstery that keeps occupants comfortable even on long journeys, while generous side bolsters feature real leather accents and help hold passengers securely in place during spirited driving. The new seat configuration also makes it easier to slip in and out of the vehicle, while adding a touch of understated luxury.

    The driver is strapped in front of a racing-inspired new dark titanium color, three-spoke, height-adjustable Momo" steering wheel. Aluminum accelerator, brake and clutch pedals on the IX and MR models provide additional cues to the Lancer Evolution IX's high-performance roots. Rich, carbon fiber-style instrument, center and shift panels further illustrate this is not your typical compact sedan - designed as much for rally-racing as everyday driving.

    The Lancer Evolution is equipped with a 140-watt Mitsubishi CD audio system with six speakers. Audiophiles will enjoy the 315-watt remium Mitsubishi/Infinity(R) CD audio system featuring seven speakers, including a subwoofer, available as an option on the Evolution IX.


    Curb Weight: 3285 lbs
    Layout: Front-Engine/AWD
    Transmission: 6-Speed Manual

    Engine

    Turbocharged Inline-4
    Displacement: 1997 cc
    Horsepower: 286 bhp @ 6500 rpm
    Torque: 289 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm
    Redline: 7000 rpm




    Re: 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR

    Evo IX was already tested in Europe by German Sport Auto mag. Here are some test results:
    0-100km/h: 5.8s
    0-160km/h:12.4s
    0-200km/h:20.7s
    Max. Speed: 250km/h
    Weight: 1482kg(with full tank)
    Time around Hockenheim: 1.16,8min
    Track condition-Air temperature: 3degrees Celsius, track temperature: 4degrees Celsius
    Yes, it was little bit cold on Hockenheim but, IMO time achived is nothing special...
    Same time was achived by BMW 645Ci(coupe, manual) which has weight of 1707kg! Track conditions were almost the same as well...

    Re: 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR

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    Branimir said:
    Evo IX was already tested in Europe by German Sport Auto mag. Here are some test results:
    0-100km/h: 5.8s
    0-160km/h:12.4s
    0-200km/h:20.7s
    Max. Speed: 250km/h
    Weight: 1482kg(with full tank)
    Time around Hockenheim: 1.16,8min
    Track condition-Air temperature: 3degrees Celsius, track temperature: 4degrees Celsius
    Yes, it was little bit cold on Hockenheim but, IMO time achived is nothing special...
    Same time was achived by BMW 645Ci(coupe, manual) which has weight of 1707kg! Track conditions were almost the same as well...


    Don't forget that you can add 100hp for $5k which you certainly cannot do with BMW...

    Re: 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR

    Agree! But, these stock EVO IX are not impressive, IMO.
    Also, I saw at least dozen engine-blow-overtuned EVOs...

    Re: 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR

    Seems that this fog lights styling is used by multiple car makers, lately!

    Re: 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR

    Don't forget that you also look like a boyracer in an EVO, not in a 645...

    Re: 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR

    Is this US spec or something??? The EVO's we have on offer here in the UK come in 3 flavours.. FQ-300, 320 and 340... And yep you guessed it, the number = HP.

    All 3 variants hit 60mph under 5 secs with the 340 nailing it in 4.3!!!! A very fast car no mistake!

    Would love one of these as (another!) toy but I also hate the image... Way too boy racer, such a shame... Now if Nissan made a 350z with similar fire breathing performance for similar pennies I'd be there in a shot!

    Re: 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR

    Rich, In UK you have a right hand EVO IXs... In rest of the Europe is the only one version of EVO IX(280hp/355Nm). Price is around 40000 Euro in Germany. Left hand drive-only one version!

    Re: 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR

    looks very bland, as all the lancers have always been... but it's great value for money and easy to tune, would make a nice 2nd "fun" car really, with 4 doors practicality.

    Re: 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR

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    Branimir said:
    Rich, In UK you have a right hand EVO IXs... In rest of the Europe is the only one version of EVO IX(280hp/355Nm). Price is around 40000 Euro in Germany. Left hand drive-only one version!



    Well I never knew that! Learn something new every day on here!!!!!!

    Guess it makes sense as the original Japanese version is RHD.. Shame for the rest of the world though as the 340 is truly evil! We even have or should I say had, an limited edition FQ-400 on sale in the UK last year.. How about 0-60 in 3.5 and onto a top speed of 175!!! All for Pounds46,000 with a 3 year warrenty! Crazy!!!!!!

    http://www.rsportscars.com/eng/cars/lancer_fq400.asp

    Re: 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR

    the new IX evo's are super nice

     
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