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Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Evo VIII engines, drive and performance

2003 - 2005 (change model)
Performance rating: 5 out of 55.0

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

A 2.0 turbocharged power unit can be had in various states of tune ranging from 260bhp up to 330bhp. Junior is very fast but the top models are badged FQ because they are effing (flipping) quick and that is entirely appropriate. Mr versions gained a six-speed gearbox. A limited run of 100 was made available with 400bhp.

Grip and balance is as impressive as the accelerative thrust. Four wheel drive means there is always traction and virtually no other car can corner as rapidly thanks to a sophisticated system of differentials that can shuffle power from left to right and front to rear to whichever wheels have grip. The downside is a horrendous ride when not driven in full attack mode.

MR revisions included a shift to Bilstein suspension and a further honing of the sophisticated differential systems.