2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Review

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July 20, 2007


2006 Mitsubishi Evo IX

2006 Mitsubishi Evo IX

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Mitsubishi's compact Lancer line runs the gamut from basic transportation all the way up to fast and furious rally ready racers. The Lancer's basic 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 120 horsepower and teams with either a five-speed-manual or four-speed-automatic transmission. All Lancers ride on a four-wheel, fully independent suspension. A four-door Sportback hatchback version comes with a 160-horsepower, 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, while the Ralliart sedan comes equipped with a 162-horsepower version of the same powerplant and a sport-tuned suspension. The O-Z Rally sedan gets 15-inch alloy racing wheels, bumper extensions and side air dams. Air conditioning, a CD stereo, power locks, mirrors and windows, a rear defroster, and tilt steering column come standard across the line, with keyless entry, cruise control, a power sunroof, and leather seats optional. A new top Evolution IX model is aimed at youthful "tuner" car enthusiasts and comes powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter in-line four engine with variable valve timing that brings 286-horsepower and 289 lb-ft of torque to the pavement via a five-speed close-ratio manual gearbox. A four-wheel independent race-ready suspension, heavy-duty four-wheel disc Brembo brakes, and 17-inch wheels and tires come standard. The Evolution IX is further distinguished by specific styling cues that include a large front air dam and rear-wing spoiler, with Recaro sport seats inside its carbon-fiber-trimmed interior.



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