The hottest production car in Japan today is not a sports car, it's not even a 2-door. It's a boxy sedan with muscular bulges, an incredibly potent turbocharged engine and performance to rival the likes of Porsche 911s. The Lancer Evolution VI is a high-strung all-wheel-drive apex-clipper that's based on Mitsubishi's 4 time world championship winning rally car. It isn't a particularly large car with an overall length about the same as a Toyota Corolla at 171.3 in.
Its 140hp/litre (official rating - the actualy outpul may well be quite a bit higher!), 1997cc engine is coupled to a titanium alloy turbine turbocharger that delivers 17 psi of boost, which enables the 3000lb sedan to scorch the pavement to 60mph in 4.3 seconds and to reach the 1/4 mile mark in 13. A large air intercooler in the bumper coupled with a manually engaged water spray cooler help the Evo, well, stay cool. Even without the spray, Car and Driver managed a 5.1 second time to 60 mph while in a similar test Motor Trend produced a time of 4.3 seconds.
Power is divided among all for wheels with a Torsen diff on the front axle
and a planetary center diff with viscous coupling and a mechanical limited-slip
on the rear. And with the 225/45ZR-17 Bridgestone Potenza S0-2 tires all
around, the Evo VI is good for .90g on the skidpad, almost equaling the 0.93
that a Corvette can manage. The Evo VI is not marketed in North America and
that probably won't change in the future due to its front bumpers which would
not meet North American crash standards. Specifications are also listed for the
rally version of the Evo VI. - by Traian Popescu
|Base Price, GBP||30,995||Engine Type||dohc 16-valve turbo I4|
|Powertrain Layout||Front engine, AWD||Displacement, cc||1997|
|Curb Weight, lb||2998||0-60 mph, sec||4.3|
|1/4 mile, sec@firstname.lastname@example.org||600 ft slalom, mph||-|
|70-0 / 60-0 mph, ft||180 / 118||Top speed, mph||148|