Lancer Evolution VIII

2003

Lancer Evolution VIII

Launched in January 2003, the Lancer Evolution VIII featured changes to the front bumper and under-grille designs that gave significant improvements in aerodynamic and engine cooling performance. Optimization supercharging characteristics saw the 4G63 2.0L intercooled turbo engine generate a class-topping 40.0 kg-m of torque, while the use of uprating the aluminum pistons and forged steel con rods brought improved durability. A 6-speed close -ratio gearbox extracted every last ounce of that maximum torque. Mitsubishi Motors' four-wheel control system now incorporated Super-AYC (Active Yaw Control) that doubled the amount of torque which could be transferred between the rear wheels giving the Lancer Evolution VIII rival-beating cornering and traction performance. The latest iteration in the series became the first production 4-door sedan to be fitted with a all-carbon fiber reinforced plastic rear spoiler, the low weight and high rigidity of which increased downforce. February 2004 saw the introduction of the Lancer Evolution VIII MR (Mitsubishi Racing) trim level. The first production model to use an aluminum roof panel and sporting Bilstein shock absorbers and with maximum torque tweaked to 40.8 kg-m, this model attained a degree of completion that could well have seen it labeled the Lancer Evolution IX.

Overall length 4490mm
Overall width 1770mm
Overall height 1450mm
Engines 2.0Lturbo