• 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII

    Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII

The Evolution series has evolved over the years as a result of competing in the World Rally Championship and other leading motorsport events worldwide.

  • 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII
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    1997 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
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It has attracted a wide following of enthusiast drivers and the production model is currently in its 7th edition in Japan and has been shipped in limited numbers to other world markets by Ralliart (MMC’s motorsport affiliate) as a base model for use in competitive driving and rallysport.

Evolution VIII marks the introduction of the series in the U.S. and, over time, into other new markets where there has been considerable interest in the series.

Having commenced shipments of Evolution VIII to the United States, Mitsubishi decided to give the model its world debut at the Los Angeles Show ahead of its unveiling on the Japanese domestic market, scheduled for early 2003.

The U.S. market specification Evolution VIII derives many parts from the Japanese market Lancer Evolution VII GSR, which is essentially the base-model Evo.

While sharing major parts and components with the upcoming Japanese market Evolution VIII too, the U.S. model has been developed exclusively for the U.S. to meet crashworthiness and emissions requirements, user needs and preferences, plus road and traffic conditions in that market.

The first and most obvious changes over the Evo VII are cosmetic and, in genereal, the new Evo VIII has a much less angular look to it, with more smooth lines and curves.

Take the new front air-dam that houses the intercooler, for example: Much curvier than its predecessor’s.

Mitsubishi reckons the restyling improves intercooler performance and, in turn, engine cooling, thanks to a larger air intake aperture on its underside.

As for eye-candy however, debate is already rife as to whether it’s an improvement, with many preferring the harder, more aggressive lines of the Evo VII.

The new model is some 80mm longer than the Evo it replaces, and the front grille marks the new Mitsu design identity with a raised triangular base in the center of the grille embellished with a rather spiffy chrome silver 3-diamond logo.

The rear spoiler is a tasty pice of kit, making use of weight reducing carbon fibre-reinforced plastic for both horizontal and vertical wings - a world-first for a production 4-door sedan. Furthermore, the wing section design has been optimised to generate greater downforce without increasing drag.

The Evo VIII packs a 2.0-litre (1997cc) inline four-cylinder mill, with four-valves per cylinder. It makes use of forced induction provided by a turbocharger linked to frontally-mounted intercooler. The US-spec Evolution VIII cranks out an assertive 273 lb/ft of toque @ 3500rpm, while peak power of 270 hp @ 6500rpm.

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  (38) posted on 05.12.2010

well i am definitly suprised but it is of course a high quality 4cyl its amazing how it handles

  (233) posted on 05.4.2010

well they do share the same basic engine construction but your evo is still far superior to the eclipse in stock trim. your suspension is stiffened up wearing wider rubber bigger stoppers etc. plus you have room for 4 people which is always nice. dont be disappointed the evo 8 is a great car

  (38) posted on 04.18.2010

im proud of my car but that just makes me sad

  (38) posted on 04.18.2010

thats really sad because i have an evo 8 smiley

  (233) posted on 04.17.2010

yes and no. the old eclipse gs-t shared the 4g63 that was in the evo VIIII and a few previous generations but it was tuned to a mild 210 hp but can easily be upgraded

  (38) posted on 04.16.2010

is it true that the evo has the same engine as the eclipse

  (38) posted on 03.5.2010

any one know where a good free car designer game would be.

  (868) posted on 02.2.2010


  (38) posted on 02.2.2010

i got my evo Sweet

  (38) posted on 12.6.2009

i have to say i am stuck and have been stuck between the evo and the sti but my brother is getting an sti so i decided to go with the evo.

  (868) posted on 12.5.2009

The EVO VIII and IX are great cars, though. I’d recommend them over the new EVO X anyday.

  (868) posted on 12.5.2009

The previous generation WRX STI hit 60 in 5.1, which is plenty fast for me. I’d recommend it due to its better reliability ratings than the EVO.

  (38) posted on 12.5.2009

why buy a wrx those aren’t that fast.

TJKEON  (138) posted on 11.19.2009

Check out Vishnu tuning, Buschur Racing, there are too many to name but those are two of the best EVO tuners

TJKEON  (38) posted on 11.19.2009

ok thank you

TJKEON  (868) posted on 11.18.2009

0-60 is 4.9 as far as I know.

Because of reliability feedback being only average for the EVO, I’d look at a WRX or Supra if I were you. But if you’re set on the Mitsubishi and want modest upgrades at great prices, try MVP Motorsports.

Hope this helps.

TJKEON  (38) posted on 11.18.2009

where can i buy evo 8 aftermarket parts for good prices

TJKEON  (38) posted on 11.17.2009

i am about to buy one of these are you sure that it is only a five second 0-60

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