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Bred 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 was introduced at the 2005 New York International Automobile Show. Loaded with power and aerodynamic enhancements culled from Mitsubishi's rally-racing success during the past 13 years, the Lancer Evolution IX 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 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.

Born From a Rally-Racing Legacy

The 2006 Lancer Evolution is the 12th model in a series of Mitsubishi Motors' award-winning, Evolution high-performance compact sedans. It was originally introduced to satisfy FIA Group A rally specifications that called for a production model. Beginning in 1992, Mitsubishi Motors exclusively offered it in the Japanese and European markets, with no plans to bring it to the United States.

A continuous groundswell of rave reviews from automotive media and ardent performance addicts worldwide, however, pressured Mitsubishi Motors North America to introduce the Lancer Evolution to U.S. drivers in 2003.

Since then, the vehicle has lived up to the hype. Mirroring the success of the Mitsubishi rally racing program, the racing-inspired Lancer Evolution has received numerous industry accolades. It is one of Automobile Magazine's 2005 All-Stars and was Automobile of the Year in 2004. Sport Compact Car awarded Lancer Evolution "Car of the Year" for both 2004 and 2005, as well as named it the best sport compact car of all time in its October 2004 issue.

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 6,500 rpm and 289 foot-pounds of torque at a very low 3,500 rpm.

New gear ratios on the models' standard five-speed manual transmission take full advantage of the increased torque to improve the vehicle's already blistering acceleration. This transmission is derived from the Mitsubishi close-ratio competition gearbox but has a modified top gear ratio for improved high-speed cruising. The Lancer Evolution MR features a six-speed close-ratio manual transmission.

All three Evolution models feature a rally-tuned fully independent suspension; the MR 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 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 rides on all-new 17x8-inch ENKEI" lightweight cast aluminum alloy wheels, while the MR rolls on 17x8-inch BBS forged aluminum rims. All three models feature 235/45 R17 Yokohama ADVAN 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 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 Premium Mitsubishi/Infinity CD audio system featuring seven speakers, including a subwoofer, available as an option on the Evolution IX.

Accessory Packages

The standard Lancer Evolution RS accessory package provides additional styling and performance accents, including a manual transmission shift knob and turbo boost gauge kit (boost, voltage and oil pressure gauges). An exclusive accessory package also is standard for the Lancer Evolution MR, including an aluminum shift knob, carbon fiber and aluminum brake grip, color-keyed vortex generator, wheel locks and turbo gauge kit.

-RSportsCars.Com
 

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5.0 said:
Why is the boost gauge on the far right bottom side of the dash?

Nice car though. Looked like it gained 10 horses.
theres no where else to put it. bascially the boost guage is just a package that comes with the MR, while its optional on other models.

i like it, even though this is just a temporary car to the Evo X.
 

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5.0 said:
Why is the boost gauge on the far right bottom side of the dash?

Nice car though. Looked like it gained 10 horses.
Yeah, that seems too small and far away... Cool! its got AC. And I thought they took it out to lighten up the car - must be another version Im thinking of.
 

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divinewisdom said:
theres no where else to put it. bascially the boost guage is just a package that comes with the MR, while its optional on other models.

i like it, even though this is just a temporary car to the Evo X.
Why didn't they go with an piller pod setup instead? It's almost useless where it is now because it is out of your line of sight with the car in motion.

When is the X supposed to debut?
 

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5.0 said:
Why didn't they go with an piller pod setup instead? It's almost useless where it is now because it is out of your line of sight with the car in motion.

When is the X supposed to debut?
i think the pillar pod wouldnt look too good, thats why. most people change to aftermarket BC anyway.

the X comes out next year.
 

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phrancis said:
Yeah, that seems too small and far away... Cool! its got AC. And I thought they took it out to lighten up the car - must be another version Im thinking of.
Only the RS version doesn't have A/c i believe. Same with Radio. The other two models have both. The one pictured is the top of the line MR.
 

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noopie said:
at the 5 o clock position of the turbo guage it says "OMG" :D
No it says CM/HG or cm of Mercury

Or where you being sarcastic?

And I didn't think it was possible to make the EVO any uglier, i guess I was wrong, oh well, more power is always good.
 

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Peteex said:
No it says CM/HG or cm of Mercury

Or where you being sarcastic?

And I didn't think it was possible to make the EVO any uglier, i guess I was wrong, oh well, more power is always good.
yeah imo this evo doesnt look all that good although i like the how the seats dont have that one pattern to them and the extra horses are always a plus, they shoudve just gave it a facelift instead of naming it the IX since the evo X is coming out next year anyways...
 

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I applaud Mitsubishi for releasing their 12th incarnation of the Evolution, but I will have to agree with others about the styling. I'm just getting used to the Evolution 8 front end (I didnt like it when it first came out) but the 7 remains my favourite of the Cedia-based vehicles.

I'm hoping Mitsubishi will bring back the huge foglights and aggresive styling (it wont I know) but maybe the Evo X will take some cues from previous cars. But which platform are they going to build on?
 

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meh, it looks alright. the lines are too soft. i like the real defined lines of the evo8.
 

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okie.. new bumper new headlight and a rear view wiper OH thank god!
add more horsie so any number yet how fast this thing?
too bad my BB1 prelude dont have iti hate it when it snow
 

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i like it. looks pretty good :btu
i just dont like the two fog light holders in the front of the bumper,the different valve cover
overall, it's good if i have the money to buy it
 

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WhiteTegRacer said:
i like it. looks pretty good :btu
i just dont like the two fog light holders in the front of the bumper,the different valve cover
overall, it's good if i have the money to buy it
same here buddy i was thinking of buying a used NSX but this car has 2 extra seat and 2 extra door plus 2 extra moving wheels ;)
 

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WTF I hate when new cars come out! I just got my 05 MR and they come out with better shit. I know thats life but still. Now i have to get some add ons and bump my hp+. I didn't feel bad when i had my 2000 Si and they came out with the current ugly Si. Fack anyone want to buy a Evo 3770 miles.
 

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Glenfiddich_man said:
WTF I hate when new cars come out! I just got my 05 MR and they come out with better shit. I know thats life but still. Now i have to get some add ons and bump my hp+. I didn't feel bad when i had my 2000 Si and they came out with the current ugly Si. Fack anyone want to buy a Evo 3770 miles.
its almost the exact same car with a different front. thats all.
your just missing some stuff, like titanium turbo,...etc
 

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Glenfiddich_man said:
WTF I hate when new cars come out! I just got my 05 MR and they come out with better shit. I know thats life but still. Now i have to get some add ons and bump my hp+. I didn't feel bad when i had my 2000 Si and they came out with the current ugly Si. Fack anyone want to buy a Evo 3770 miles.
kinda like the way how i felt when i got my 04 STi.. and the 05 STi came out with a better interior and better handling~ .. hopefully the next generation STi won't be radically different~
 
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