turbocharged & intercooled
lb-ft @ 4400 rpm
hp @ 6500 rpm
145.5 hp per liter
Press Release) Mitsubishi Motors is introducing the 2008
Lancer Evolution, the newest and most sophisticated version of the
legendary high-performance model series that began 16 years ago.
While remaining true to the core values that have made the Lancer
Evolution synonymous with thrilling performance, the next-generation
model offers all-around capability and user technology that
distinguish the world's best performance models.
The strikingly styled 2008 Lancer Evolution showcases new
performance and handling technology, including an all-new 291-hp
2.0-liter turbocharged/intercooled engine and the Super-All Wheel
Control (S-AWC) dynamic handling system. S-AWC offers an
extraordinary level of control at each wheel, going well beyond the
capabilities of other all-wheel drive systems.
Two Lancer Evolution models will be offered in the U.S. market for
2008: the GSR with a new 5-speed manual transmission and the Lancer
Evolution MR with a new 6-speed Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift
Transmission (TC-SST), a new-generation automated manual
transmission. The MR model is also equipped exclusively with
Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs, two-piece brake rotors
for better heat dissipation, BBS forged-alloy wheels, HID headlamps
and additional interior features. Significantly, the newest Lancer
Evolution will have less differentiation from market to market than
the previous generations.
"The high-performance engine, sports car handling dynamics and
striking design of the 2008 Lancer Evolution will appeal to
enthusiasts worldwide - for those who desire a daily driver with
street credentials as well as those planning weekend track action,"
said Dan Kuhnert, vice president for marketing and sales, Mitsubishi
Motors North America.
The 2008 Lancer
Evolution design makes a maximum performance statement, blending
concept car themes and sound aerodynamic principles while conveying
the brand's rally heritage. A shark-nosed front end inspired by jet
fighter air intakes, a distinct wedge-like profile and crisp, taut
lines highlight the basic new-generation Lancer design. Building on
those themes, the 2008 Lancer Evolution looks the part of the
street-wise sports machine with its a unique front end, aggressively
sloping hood with integral air scoop and engine heat outlets, boxed
fenders, and 18-inch alloy wheels with Brembo brakes.
Inside, the Lancer Evolution presents a "class up" approach and
shows a new international flair. Available user technology,
including high-end Rockford Fosgate audio and navigation systems,
reflects the tastes of a broadening customer base.
All-New 2.0-Liter Turbo Engine
The 2008 Lancer
Evolution's 4B11 engine is an intercooled-turbocharged 2.0-liter
DOHC inline 4-cylinder. Beyond that description, it differs greatly
from the legendary 4G63 it replaces. The 4B11 is built with a
reinforced cast-aluminum cylinder block versus the cast-iron block
used in the 4G63, and aluminum is also used for the cylinder head
and cover and the timing chain case. Unlike the 4G63, the 4B11 does
not use a balancer shaft, made possible by the new engine's
inherently lower noise and vibration and use of hydraulic engine
The new 4B11 T/C produces more power than its predecessor: 291 hp at
6,500 rpm (vs. 286 hp at 6,500 rpm) and 300 lb.-ft. of peak torque
at 4,400 rpm (vs. 289 lb.-ft. at 3,500 rpm). The 4B11 T/C provides a
broader torque curve, as well. A revised turbocharger yields up to
20-percent quicker response at lower engine speeds versus the 2006
A major divergence from the previous engine architecture is in the
use of a direct-acting valvetrain in place of the roller rocker arm
configuration for reduced weight. A timing chain replaces the belt,
and MIVEC variable valve timing us used on both the intake and
exhaust camshafts (the most recent 4G63 had MIVEC on the intake
only). The rear-located (firewall side) stainless steel exhaust
manifold helps improve weight distribution, and the freer-breathing
exhaust system features a larger-volume main muffler with dual
New TC-SST Automated Manual
Exclusive to the
Evolution MR model for 2008, the 6-speed Twin-Clutch Sportronic
Shift Transmission (TC-SST) is an automated manual transmission
capable of executing lightning-quick upshifts with no drop-off in
engine power. The TC-SST features both a console-mounted shifter and
magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters and offers manual and fully
Essentially, the TC-SST is a manual transmission that can select two
gears at a time: one gear is engaged by one of the two wet
multi-plate clutches, and the other is pre-selected, awaiting to be
engaged by the second clutch. The gear change is made - either
manually or automatically depending on mode selected - when the
electro-hydraulically operated clutches are "swapped," which occurs
simultaneously, with no perceptible lag time.
The TC-SST offers three drive modes - Normal, Sport and S-Sport -
and within each, the driver may choose automatic or manual shifting.
Sport mode uses higher shift points (in Automatic) and quicker
shifting to deliver instant throttle response for better performance
feel. Sport mode is also useful for driving in mountainous areas or
when engine braking is required. The S-Sport mode can be selected
for performance driving situations, such as track events.
Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC)
In the 2008 Mitsubishi
Lancer Evolution, Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) is not simply the
name of a new all-wheel drive system. Rather, S-AWC regulates drive
torque at each wheel by controlling a network of dynamic handling
technologies, including: Active Center Differential (ACD) 4-wheel
drive, Active Yaw Control (AYC) rear differential, Active Stability
Control (ASC), and Sports ABS brakes. Integration of ASC is new for
all markets and also provides a significant advance in both dynamic
capability and safety.
The ACD splits torque up to 50:50 between the front and rear wheels
using an electronically controlled hydraulic multi-plate clutch.
With input from the S-AWC computer, ACD regulates the differential
limiting action to optimize the front/rear wheel torque split.
The S-AWC computer takes
data input from steering wheel angle, throttle opening, wheel
speeds, and the vehicle's longitudinal and lateral movements to
determine the vehicle's path of travel. As the previous Lancer
Evolution did, the 2008 model offers three driver-selectable
traction modes: Tarmac, Gravel and Snow.
The innovative AYC rear differential uses a torque transfer
mechanism to control rear wheel torque differential for different
driving conditions, enhancing cornering performance by limiting the
yaw moment acting on the vehicle. The AYC differential in the 2008
Lancer Evolution model adds yaw feedback control using a yaw rate
sensor and also gains braking force control via ASC. Both models use
a helical gear-type limited-slip front differential.
Specially Engineered Chassis
The 2008 Lancer
Evolution is built on a one-inch longer wheelbase than the Evolution
IX, now 104.3 in. vs. 103.3 in., and a 1.2-inch increase in front
and rear track brings that measurement to 60.8 in. Overall width is
up by two inches to 71.3 in. The basic all-new Lancer platform,
which is already stiffer than the previous-generation Evolution IX,
gains further structural enhancements to the front and rear
suspension areas to become the Lancer Evolution.
The super-stiff structure, optimized chassis systems, wider use of
aluminum for the engine, body, and chassis components, as well as
greater use of high-tensile steel, all play important roles in the
Super-All Wheel Control concept. The roof, hood, front fenders and
both the front and rear bumper beams are aluminum. For better weight
distribution, the vehicle battery and the windshield washer fluid
tank have been moved to the trunk area.
The Lancer Evolution again features its own suspension system,
including inverted struts in front and a rear multi-link
configuration. Race-proven forged aluminum components reduce
unsprung weight. The MR model substitutes Eibach springs and
Bilstein shock absorbers for even better handling performance. Due
to the high rigidity of the new global C-platform, the Lancer
Evolution's suspension can be tuned to provide a more compliant and
stable ride than before without compromising handling performance.
The standard 18 x 8.5-inch wheels (Enkei cast-alloy on GSR and BBS
forged-alloy on MR) carry 245/40R18 Yokohama ADVAN asymmetrical
performance tires, a change from the 17 x 8-inch wheels with
235/45R17 ADVAN directional tires used on the previous model. Both
the MR and GSR models employ the same size rotors (13.8-in. diameter
in front and 13.0-in diameter in the rear), and the MR uses new
two-piece rotor construction to reduce weight. (The 2-piece disc is
2.9 lbs. lighter per wheel.) Both models use 4-piston calipers in
front and 2-piston calipers in the rear.
Better Everyday Driver
performance assured, Mitsubishi is able to equip the Lancer
Evolution to be a markedly better car for everyday driving. The new
Recaro seats ensure support during sporty driving and integrate new
side airbags. While providing an even deeper-bass exhaust note than
the previous model, the 2008 Lancer Evolution is designed to reduce
unwanted noises and vibrations. The MR model, in particular,
features an additional 11 pounds of sound insulation in the toeboard
and under the carpeting.
Each Lancer Evolution model offers one major option package. The
Sight, Sound and Spoiler Package for the Lancer Evolution GSR
combines the HID headlights, large rear spoiler and the Rockford-Fosgate
650-watt (max.) Premium Sound System with 10-in. subwoofer, plus a
6-disc in-dash CD changer with MP3 capability, and SIRIUS Satellite
Radio and a six-month service subscription.
The 2008 Lancer Evolution MR model offers the Technology Package,
including the Rockford-Fosgate audio system with subwoofer and
SIRIUS Satellite Radio with six-month service subscription. This
package in addition delivers a 30-gigabyte hard disk drive (HDD)
navigation system with 7.5-inch touch screen and music server
function; the Mitsubishi Multi-Communication System, and the FAST
Key entry system. FAST Key allows the driver to unlock the vehicle
simply by having the remote in a pocket or purse and grasping the
handle on either of the front doors or the trunk.
The 2008 Lancer
Evolution is built around Mitsubishi's next-generation Reinforced
Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) unibody design. The RISE body
structure disperses energy loads during side and rear crashes and
controls distortion, enhancing occupant protection and also helping
to protect the fuel system during a rear impact.
The 2008 Lancer's safety package is one of the most comprehensive in
the segment and includes an advanced dual front air bag supplemental
restraint system (SRS) with occupant sensors, standard front
seat-mounted side-impact air bags and side curtain air bags, plus a
driver's knee air bag. The standard anti-lock braking system (Sports
ABS) integrates electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), and all
Lancer models feature a tire pressure monitoring system.