Car reviews - Mitsubishi - Lancer - Evo IX sedan
Cheaper, quicker, more civilised Lancer Evo IX is a blast - and it's here for good!
24 Aug 2005
FINALLY, after a number of official limited-editions, the iconic Lancer Evo rally replica has joined Mitsubishi’s Australian range as a permanent member. Lighter, more powerful, quicker, better equipped and more refined than either last year’s Evo VIII or the $80,000 Evo VI of 2001, the Evo XI is also better as a daily driver – without losing any of the dynamic ability that’s made it a formidable rival for Subaru’s popular Impreza STi. Perhaps most importantly, however, the latest Evo comes with a pricetag that’s $5000 less than its predecessor's - as well as lineball with the STi's. Factor in factory-backed extras like a telematics-based tracking system, a five/ten-year warranty and five years roadside assist, and Mitsubishi’s new performance flagship represents virtually unbeatable bang for your buck.
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The last Lancer Evo officially sold by Mitsubishi in Australia was the 195kW/355Nm Evo VIII, with just 100 examples available from June 2004 at a price of $61,990. Its predecessor was the CE Lancer-based 206kW/373Nm Evo VI sedan, 100 of which were released here in May 2001 at a big $79,990.
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