Have you ever wondered how many hp can a 2.0 liter engine develop? AMS Performance certainly thought when modified the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII . The tuner obtain an astonishing 1130 hp from the 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine. Tested at a drag race the AMS Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII ran the quarter mile in 8.56 seconds at a top speed of 171 mhp. No words about the street legality of the vehicle.
The Evo X MR – the badge stands for Mitsubishi Racing – gets a host of cosmetic upgrades, with extra vents and air intakes on the nose to improve cooling. There’s also a revised rear wing and side skirts, plus black alloys. The MR packs around 305bhp – that’s 20bhp more than the entry-level Evo X – which puts it on a par with the standard Impreza WRX STi.
The Evo X MR will be powered by a reworked version of the 2.0-litre turbocharged direct-injection engine. It will make the 0-60 mph sprint in less than 5 seconds.
The Spec C edition has a mildly tweaked bodykit, including a rally-inspired roof scoop and the brand’s trademark gold alloy wheels. Most importantly, though, it has lost a lot of weight. As with previous generations of the Spec C, the newcomer gets a lightweight roof, aluminium boot, compact 12V battery, thinner glass and a smaller fuel tank. The revisions shed around 70kg from the STi’s kerbweight, so the Spec C tips the scales at 1,400kg.
Power upgrades for the 296bhp 2.5-litre turbocharged flat-four are expected to be minimal, but when combined with the weight reductions, the Impreza should rival the Evo X MR for performance.
Both models will debut later this year.
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Mitsubishi will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the Prototype-S, a preview version of the Lancer hatchback version that will be created for the European market. Prototype-S uses exterior lines to craft a shape that is powerful and sporty. The use of 215/45R19 tires on 19-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels adds to the tautly muscular and road-hugging image the styling projects.
Prototype-S is powered by a new 2.0-liter MIVEC 4-cylinder DOHC intercooled / turbocharged engine, developing maxima of 240 PS and 35 kg-m that will also power the Lancer Ralliart due to go on sale in North America in the summer of 2008. The power unit is mated to Mitsubishi Motors’s high-efficiency Twin Clutch SST automated manual transmission that gives the driver simple control of and feel-good access to the car’s exhilaratingly sporty performance.
Press release after the jump.
At the Geneva Motor Show Mitsubishi will unveil the Lancer Prototype S, the prototype version of the Lancer hatchback, a model specially designed for the European market. Until next week, here are the first official images of the prototype. It will come to compete with Ford Focus ST, Mazda3 MPS and Opel Astra OPC.
The Lancer Prototype S will be powered by the same engines as the Lancer sedan: 1.5 and 2.4 gas engines, but also a few turbos and turbo-diesel. The top version will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter and all-wheel-drive system.
Mitsubishi today officially revealed the Prototype-S concept that will make its debut at the 78th Geneva International Motor Show which runs from March 4 through March 16 at the Geneva Palexpo exhibition and conference complex.
The Prototype-S is inspired by the MMC’s sport sedan family, which includes the Lancer, the Lancer Ralliart and the Lancer Evolution. It will come as a five-door hatchback that will come to compete with the Impreza WRX STi.
It is powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder DOHC MIVEC intercooler / turbocharger engine that delivers a maximum power of 237 hp and a peak torque of 252 lbs-ft.
Mitsubishi unveiled the Sportback Concept back in 2005, and since then no one heard anything about it. Until today when the first official images of the Lancer Prototype S surfaced, the preview version of the five-doors version of the Lancer Ralliart. The Lancer Prototype S will make its debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show.
The new Lancer Ralliart reinforces the sporty identity of the Lancer lineup (Lancer, Lancer Ralliart and Lancer Evolution) with aggressive styling and driving performance that creates a unique product between the Lancer GTS 2.4 and the Lancer Evolution models. The Lancer Ralliart makes effective use of the Lancer’s rigid unibody and four-wheel independent suspension by mating this capable chassis to a turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive.
Mitsubishi Motors is introducing the 2008 Lancer Evolution, the newest and most sophisticated version of the legendary high-performance model series that began 16 years ago. While remaining true to the core values that have made the Lancer Evolution synonymous with thrilling performance, the next-generation model offers all-around capability and user technology that distinguish the world’s best performance models.