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 MR was introduced at the 2005 New York
International Auto Show. Loaded with power and aerodynamic enhancements
culled from Mitsubishi's rally-racing success during the past 13 years, the
Lancer Evolution IX MR 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 MR 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 for
"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."
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 6500 rpm and 289 foot-pounds of torque
at a very low 3500 rpm.
The Evolution IX MR features a rally-tuned fully
independent suspension that also 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 beast.
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 IX MR rides on 17x8-inch BBS
forged aluminum rims. The MR also features 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
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
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 remium Mitsubishi/Infinity(R) CD audio system featuring seven
speakers, including a subwoofer, available as an option on the Evolution IX.