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2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX

The Thrill is Here
by Mark Fulmer
TACH Editor In Chief

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Portland, Oregon.

6:30am creeps into downtown Portland on the back of big beautiful gray clouds. (If you come from a Sacramento summer then you know why clouds can be beautiful.) This bodes well for a track driving test of the 9th Incarnation of the Lancer Evolution at Portland International Raceway.

Lap 1: Coming up to turn 1 provides the first test of Evo's brakes: strong, steady, and precise. The next series of 5 or 6 turns reveal superior handling: the ride loosens not, the tires squeal not, and the poise and composure would please even the toughest of Jedi masters.

Portland International Raceway has a back straightaway nicknamed "The Banana" due to its slightly raised and curved shape. As I entered the "nana" I put the Evo IX into its fourth and fifth gear and put the pedal to the floor - and was transported back to similar feelings riding a quarterhorse a full gallop across a New Mexican desert - free-flying soul-soaring fervor.

Subsequent laps reaffirmed the initial impressions and even corrected for intentional driving errors. I'll have more for you on this hot little number later on this fall after I spend a bit more time with her, but meanwhile here's some pics and stats...


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FEATURES


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EXTERIOR

 

EXTERIOR

RS

Evolution IX

MR

High-Intensity Discharge (HID) head lamps with auto-off

-

P

S

Auto-off halogen head lamps

S

S

-

Reflector-type high beam head lamp

S

S

S

Dark-front and rear-head lamp bezel

S

S

S

Built-in fog lamps

-

P

S

Front and rear color-keyed bumper fascia

S

S

S

Black front grille mesh

S

S

S

Front center bumper air inlets

S

S

S

Aluminum hood with heat exhaust vent

S

S

S

Aluminum front blister-type fenders

S

S

S

Aluminum roof panel

S

-

S

Twilight side marker lamps

S

S

S

Side-turn lamps

S

S

S

Front intermittent variable wiper and washer

-

S

S

Rear intermittent fixed wiper and washer

S

-

-

Color-keyed folding power side-view mirrors

-

S

S

Black folding power side-view mirrors

S

-

-

Color-keyed pull-type door handles

-

S

S

Black pull-type door handles

S

-

-

Rear center roof antenna

S

S

S

Clear, jewel-style rear tail lamps

S

S

S

Dual-mode muffler with variable back-pressure valve

S

S

S

4" chrome-plated single tailpipe

S

S

S

Full-size color-keyed rear spoiler with black carbon-fiber airfoil

A

S

S

Electric rear window defroster with timer

S

S

S

Front underbody aero-dam

S

S

S

Tinted solar control glass

S

S

S

WHEELS & TIRES

RS

Evolution IX

MR

17” x 8" ENKEI® cast aluminum alloy wheels

S

S

-

17” x 8" BBS® forged aluminum wheels

 

 

S

P235/45 R17 93W Yokohama™ ADVAN® high-grip tires

S

S

S

Temporary T125/70D17 spare tire mounted on a

17“ steel wheel

S

S

S

INTERIOR

RS

Evolution IX

MR

Customized MOMO® 3-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel

S

S

S

Customized RECARO™ front sport bucket seats (Alcantara and leather)

S

S

S

Customized RECARO™ front sport bucket seats with charcoal genuine leather seating surfaces

-

P

-

Shift panel with "Lancer Evolution MR" logo plate

-

-

S

Dark titanium tone trim accents (HVAC, center panel, shift panel, floor console panels)

-

S

S

Carbon-style finish for instrument panel accent

-

S

S


 

INTERIOR (cont.)

RS

Evolution IX

MR

Argent trim accents (instrument panel, center panel)

S

-

-

Height-adjustable steering wheel

S

S

S

Illuminated ignition key cylinder

-

S

S

Manual controlled heater

S

S

S

Air conditioning with multi-speed climate control fan

S

S

S

Leather-wrapped gear shift knob

-

S

-

Aluminum gear shift knob

S

A

S

Leather-wrapped parking brake lever

-

S

-

Carbon fiber/aluminum brake grip lever

-

-

S

Dual covered visor vanity mirrors

S

S

S

Aluminum pedals

-

S

S

Floor mats

S

S

S

Remote hood, fuel door and trunk releases

S

S

S

Power windows with auto down driver's window

-

S

S

Manual controlled windows

S

-

-

Power door locks with security logic and child lockout rear doors

-

S

S

Manual door locks

S

-

-

Front-door storage pockets

S

S

S

Center console with armrest and storage compartments

-

S

S

Center console with storage compartments

S

-

-

Front cup holders

S

S

S

12-volt accessory outlet with illumination

S

S

S

3 Assist grips

S

S

S

Front sunglass pocket

-

S

S

Front map lamps

-

S

S

High back rear seats with rear center armrest and cup holders

S

S

S

Trunk room trim

-

S

S

Trunk room lamp

S

S

S

SAFETY & SECURITY

RS

Evolution IX

MR

Full-time AWD with Active Center Differential (ACD), Front helical torque-sensing limited slip differential and rear 1.5 limited-slip differential

S

S

S

Driver and front passenger air bags

S

S

S

Front seatbelt pretensioner with force limiter

S

S

S

3-point seatbelts and headrest for all occupants

S

S

S

Child safety locks

S

S

S

LATCH system (Lower Anchor and Tethers for Children)

S

S

S

Front and rear crumple zones

S

S

S

Aluminum door side-impact bars

S

S

S

4-channel, 4-sensor Sport ABS with steering angle and G-Force sensors

-

S

S


 

SAFETY & SECURITY (cont.)

RS

Evolution IX

MR

Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)

-

S

S

Trunk entrapment release handle

S

S

S

Anti-theft engine immobilizer

S

S

S

Keyless entry

-

S

S

INSTRUMENTS & CONTROLS

RS

Evolution IX

MR

140-watt Mitsubishi CD audio system and 6 speakers

-

S

S

315-watt Premium Mitsubishi/Infinity® CD audio system with 7 speakers including subwoofer

-

P

-

 

In-dash 6-disc CD changer

A

A

A

Full-scale black-faced with three individual gauges with full-time red-illuminated instrument cluster with center-located 9000 rpm tachometer

S

S

S

Digital odometer and trip meter

S

S

S

Instrument panel-mounted head lamp leveling control for HID

-

P

S

ACD switch (Tarmac, Gravel, Snow)

S

S

S

MECHANICAL

RS

Evolution IX

MR

Engine oil cooler

S

S

S

Twin-scroll turbocharger

S

S

S

4-wheel ventilated BREMBO™ disc brakes with aluminum caliper housings

S

S

S

Front and rear Bilstein® shock absorbers

-

-

S

Tubular front strut tower brace

S

S

S

Rear-end cross bar

S

-

-

Power-assisted quick-ratio rack and pinion steering

S

S

S

FACTORY OPTIONS

RS

Evolution IX

MR

SUN, SOUND & LEATHER PACKAGE:

  • Power glass sun roof

  • 315W Mitsubishi/Infinity® CD audio system with subwoofer

  • Genuine Leather Recaro® front sport seats

  • HID head lamps with built-in fog lamp

-

P

-

ACCESSORY PACKAGES

RS

Evolution IX

MR

RS EQUIPMENT:

  • 5 MT shift knob

  • Turbo boost gauge kit (boost, voltage, oil pressure gauges)

S

-

-

MR EQUIPMENT:

  • 6 MT aluminum shift knob

  • Carbon-fiber/aluminum brake grip

  • Color-keyed vortex generator

  • Wheel locks

  • Turbo boost gauge kit (boost, voltage, oil pressure)

  • Rear spoiler wicker bill

-

-

S

 

S = Standard O = Optional P = Package - = Not available A = Accessory

Vehicle features and options subject to change without notice. Last update 8/3/05




TECH SPECS



ENGINE

RS

Evolution IX

MR Edition

 

Engine Type

2.0L; In-line 4 cylinder MIVEC DOHC inter-cooled turbo

 

Engine Code

4G63

 

Valve Train

DOHC 16-valve

 

Displacement (cu in/cc)

121.9/1997

 

Bore x Stroke (in)

3.35 x 3.46

 

Compression Ratio

8.8:1

 

Horsepower @ rpm (BHP)

286 HP/6500 rpm

 

Torque @ rpm (lbs-ft)

289 lbs-ft/3500 rpm

 

Engine Block

Cast iron

 

Cylinder Heads

Aluminum

 

Redline rpm

7000 rpm

 

Valve Cover

Magnesium

 

Fuel System

ECI-MULTI electronic fuel injection

 

Recommended Fuel

Premium unleaded (RON98)

 

Radiator Core size

700 x 375 x 35

 

Engine Oil Type

100% fully synthetic oil required

 

Engine Oil Capacity (qt/L)

4.8 / 4.5 (filter: +0.3qt/cooler: +0.3qt)

 

Engine Oil Cooler Core Size (mm)

200 x 160 x 49

 

Intercooler Core Size (mm)

289.5 x 490 x 65

 

Turbocharger Type

TD05HR-16G6C-10.5T (twin scroll turbine)

 

Boost Press (WOT/3500)

139 kPa/3500 rpm

 

Boost Press (WOT/6500)

111 kPa/6500 rpm

 

TRANSMISSION

RS

Evolution IX

MR Edition

 

Drive Train

Full-time all-wheel drive with active center differential, front helical limited slip differential and a rear mechanical 1.5 limited-slip differential

Full-time all-wheel drive with active center differential, front helical limited slip differential and a rear mechanical 1.5 limited-slip differential

Full-time all-wheel drive with active center differential, front helical limited slip differential and a rear mechanical 1.5 limited-slip differential

 

Transmission Type

5-speed close-ratio

5 M/T close-ratio

6 M/T close-ratio

 

Ratios

1st

2.785 (triple)

2.785 (triple)

2.909 (triple)

 

 

2nd

1.950 (triple)

1.950 (triple)

1.944 (triple)

 

 

3rd

1.444 (double)

1.444 (double)

1.434 (double)

 

 

4th

1.096 (single)

1.096 (single)

1.100 (single)

 

 

5th

0.761 (single)

0.761 (single)

0.868 (single)

 

 

6th

N/A

N/A

0.693 (single)

 

 

Reverse

3.416 (double)

3.416 (double)

2.707 (single)

 

 

Final Drive

4.529

4.529

4.583

 

Front

Macpherson strut with inverted shock absorber and forged aluminum lower control arms, stabilizer bar, front strut tower brace

Macpherson strut with inverted shock absorber and forged aluminum lower control arms, stabilizer bar, front strut tower brace

Macpherson strut with inverted Bilstein® shock absorber, forged aluminum lower control arms, stabilizer bar, front strut tower brace

 

Front Stabilizer Bar Diameter (mm)

24

24

24


 

SUSPENSION (cont.)

RS

Evolution IX

MR Edition

Rear

Multi-link wishbone configuration using forged aluminum trailing-links and lateral-links and cast aluminum cross-member, stabilizer bar

Multi-link wishbone configuration using forged aluminum trailing-links and lateral-links and cast aluminum cross-member, stabilizer bar

Multi-link wishbone configuration using Bilstein® shock absorbers, forged aluminum trailing-links and lateral-links and cast aluminum cross-member, stabilizer bar.

Rear-End Cross Bar-Tie

Standard

-

-

Rear Stabilizer Bar Diameter (mm)

22

22

22

EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS

RS

Evolution IX

MR Edition

Wheelbase (in/mm)

103.3/2625

103.3/2625

103. /2625

Length (in/mm)

178.5/4535

178.5/4535

178.5/4535

Width (in/mm)

69.7/1770

69.7/1770

69.7/1770

Height (in/mm)

57.1/1450

57.1/1450

57.1/1450

Track, Front (in/mm)

59.6/1515

59.6/1515

59.6/1515

Track, Rear (in/mm)

59.6/1515

59.6/1515

59.6/1515

Min. Ground Clearance (in/mm)

5.5/140

5.5/140

5.5/140

INTERIOR DIMENSIONS

RS

Evolution IX

MR Edition

Interior Volume (cu ft) [with sun roof]

105.4

105.4 [103.9]

105.4 [103.9]

Passenger Volume (cu ft) [with sun roof]

95.1

95.1 [93.7]

95.1 [93.7]

Cargo Area (cu ft)

10.2

10.2

10.2

Maximum Seating Capacity

5

5

5

PASSENGER SPACE

RS

Evolution IX

MR Edition

Front Head Room (in/mm)

[with sun roof]

39.9/1013

39.9/1013

[39.1/993]

39.9/1013

Front Shoulder Room (in/mm)

54.1/1374

54.1/1374

54.1/1374

Front Hip Room (in/mm)

51.2 1300

51.2/1300

51.2/1300

Front Leg Room (in/mm)

43.0/1092

43.0/1092

43.0/1092

Rear Head Room (in/mm)

[with sun roof]

36.7/932

36.7/932

[36.4/925]

36.7/932

Rear Shoulder Room (in/mm)

53.3/1354

53.3/1354

53.3/1354

Rear Hip Room (in/mm)

50.2/1275

50.2/1275

50.2/1275

Rear Leg Room (in/mm)

36.6/930

36.6/930

36.6/930

WEIGHTS

RS

Evolution IX

MR Edition

GVWR (lbs/kg)

4222/1915

4222/1915

4222/1915

Curb Weight (lbs/kg)

3219/1460

3274/1485

3285/1490

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Curb Weight with Sun, Sound, Leather Package

N/A

3338/1520

N/A

Weight Distribution (% f/r)

60/40

60/40

60/40

TOWING CAPACITY

RS

Evolution IX

MR Edition

Maximum Gross Trailer Weight (lbs)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Maximum Trailer Tongue Load (lbs)

N/A

N/A

N/A

STEERING

RS

Evolution IX

MR Edition

Type

Power-assisted rack and pinion steering with quick gear ratio

Power-assisted rack and pinion steering with quick gear ratio

Power-assisted rack and pinion steering with quick gear ratio

Ratio

13.0:1

13.0:1

13.0:1


 

STEERING (cont.)

RS

Evolution IX

MR Edition

 

Turning Circle – Curb to Curb (ft/m)

38.7/11.8

38.7/11.8

38.7/11.8

 

Turns – Lock to Lock

2.1

2.1

2.1

 

BRAKES

RS

Evolution IX

MR Edition

 

Front Brake Type

BREMBO™ Ventilated disc, 4-piston caliper

BREMBO™ Ventilated disc, 4-piston caliper

BREMBO™ Ventilated disc, 4-piston caliper

 

Front Brake Diameter (in/mm)

12.6/320

12.6/320

12.6/320

 

Front Brake Width (in/mm)

1.2 /32

1.26/32

1.26/32

 

Rear Brake Type

BREMBO™ Ventilated disc, 2-piston caliper

BREMBO™ Ventilated disc, 2-piston caliper

BREMBO™ Ventilated disc, 2-piston caliper

 

Rear Brake Diameter (in/mm)

12"/300

12"/300

12"/300

 

Rear Brake Width (in/mm)

.87/22

.87/22

.87/22

 

Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)

N/A

4-channel 4-sensor Sport ABS + EBD

4-channel 4-sensor Sport ABS + EBD

 

Swept Area - Front (sq in)

306.7

306.7

306.7

 

Swept Area - Rear (sq in)

215.9

215.9

215.9

 

Total Swept Area (sq in)

522.6

522.6

522.6

 

ELECTRICAL CAPACITIES

RS

Evolution IX

MR Edition

 

Battery

12 volt maintenance free

12 volt maintenance free

12 volt maintenance free

 

Alternator (Amps)

90

90

90

 

WHEELS AND TIRES

RS

Evolution IX

MR Edition

 

Wheel Type

17 x 8JJ OFFSET +38mm

17 x 8JJ OFFSET +38mm

17 x 8JJ OFFSET +38mm

 

 

ENKEI® lightweight high-strength aluminum alloy wheels

ENKEI® lightweight high-strength aluminum alloy wheels

BBS® one-piece forged aluminum wheels

 

Tire Size

P235/45 R17 93W

P235/45 R17 93W

P235/45 R17 93W

 

 

Yokohama™ ADVAN® high-grip tires

Yokohama™ ADVAN® high-grip tires

Yokohama™ ADVAN® high-grip tires

 

Spare Tire

T125/70D17

T125/70D17

T125/70D17

 

FUEL TANK

RS

Evolution IX

MR Edition

 

Capacity (gal/L)

14.0/53

14.0/53

14.0/53

 

EPA FUEL ECONOMY

RS

 

Evolution IX

MR Edition

City/Highway (mpg/mpg)

20.7/31.8

20.7/31.8

19.8/30.9

 

Exhaust

FED Tier 1 & LEV compliant

 

WARRANTIES

RS

Evolution IX

MR Edition

 

Basic

5 years or 60,000 miles

 

Powertrain

10 years or 100,000 miles

 

Anti-corrosion

7 years or 100,000 miles

 

 

Technical data, features, options and other equipment listed in this document are based on the latest information available at the time of release and are subject to change without notice.

 

Last updated: 8/3/05