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Mitsubishi lands wild new Lancer Evo VIII rally rocket at a sensible price

22 Jun 2004

THE last Lancer Evo rally rocket Mitsubishi officially imported Down Under, Evo VI, took two years to eventuate and arrived at a price of nearly $80,000. This time round, the new and much more civilised Euro-spec Evo VIII is on sale here just months after its 2003 Tokyo show debut, at a far more sensibly priced $61,990 – some $18,000 less. That may still be $5000 more than the Lancer Evo’s direct rival in the Subaru Impreza WRX STi - and Evo continues to be limited-edition prospect here - but with the same turbocharged 195kW output (and even more torque at 355Nm), Evo VIII is sure to give STi the competition it deserves.
Model release date: 1 June 2004 to 1 August 2005

Previous model

Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart Evo VI sedan

Released: May 2001
Ended: December 2001
Family Tree: Lancer

Also a limited-edition import comprising just 100 examples, the last official Lancer Evo sold here (in 2001) was the CE Lancer-based Ralliart Evo VI sedan. At $80,000, the 206kW turbo AWD quickly proved a clever and formidable, if pricier, rival for Subaru's dominant WRX STi rally clone. A Lancer Evo VII has since been launched in Japan.

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