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Press Release) 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
today at the 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
"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."
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.
THE LEGEND EVOLVES
Not content to rest on its success, Mitsubishi Motors created the
Lancer Evolution IX with more power, in-your-face styling, enhanced
comfort and better performance to lure even the most discerning
The Lancer Evolution IX is available in stock trim, as well as RS
and MR editions. Owners can further customize their vehicles to meet
individual tastes through a comprehensive range of factory- and
dealer-installed options. Accessories also are available for those
who want to customize their vehicle even more to resemble their
rally racing brethren.
"The Lancer Evolution IX exemplifies the core DNA of the Mitsubishi
Motors brand, with unrivaled performance born from a history-intense
competition and racing success against some of the finest
manufacturers in the world," Gilligan said.
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
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(TM) disc brakes to help control the
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
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 235/45/17 Yokohama(TM)
ADVAN(R) high-grip tires. The vehicle's aggressive appearance is
further updated with new extended smoked front and rear lamp bezels.
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
Premium Mitsubishi/Infinity(R) CD audio system featuring seven
speakers, including a subwoofer, available as an option on the
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.
WARRANTY AND MANUFACTURING
As part of Mitsubishi Motors' "Best-Backed Car" program, all models
are backed by a comprehensive new vehicle limited warranty that
covers the vehicle from bumper to bumper for five-years/60,000
miles. In addition, the powertrain is covered by a 10-year/100,000
mile limited warranty, while body panels have a seven-year/100,000
mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty. The "Best-Backed
Car" program also includes 24-hour emergency roadside assistance
with free towing to the nearest authorized Mitsubishi Motors
retailer for warranty-related repairs for five years/unlimited