2001 August: The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution WRC (left) is a new rally car by Mitsubishi for the `World Rally Car' regulations, rather than Group-A. Mitsubishi plans to take advantage of WRC rules allowing: "the engine to be moved by up to 25mm from the standard location", greater suspension changes, and "more extensive modifications [to] the engine itself."
"The Lancer Evolution WRC is based on the Lancer
Cedia production car".
It is four wheel drive, like all WRC cars, and like the
previous Group-A Lancer.
Its first event is planned to be the Sanremo Rally, Italy,
4 October 2001.
2001 May right: A Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution VI, Tommi Makinen Edition, as now in Australia. Tommi Makinen won the World Rally Championship from 1996 to 1999 in racing Evo VIs.
The car is said to accelerate from 0 to 100km/hr in 5.76 seconds and to do a standing 400m in 14.31 seconds. It has full-time four wheel drive, as per the rally car, with Active Yaw Control rear differential, and BREMBO brakes with 17" front discs, 16" rear. The rear diff' incorporates two wet multi-disc clutches.
The price is 79,990 ().
100 are being brought into Australia, and those not already spoken for
can be bought from:
Sydney, Northshore Mitsubishi (Crows Nest) and Sutherland Mitsubishi
Melbourne, Southern Mitsubishi (Moorabin) and Eastside Mitsubishi (Nunawading);
Adelaide, Yorke Motors;
Perth, Skipper Mitsubishi,
Brisbane, Nundah Mitsubishi;
Townsville, Geoff Pickering Mitsubishi.
2001 February: One the first of 100 Mitsubishi Ralliart Evolution VI cars for Australia was at the Melbourne Motor Show. The Evolution VI is based on the Mitsubishi world rally car. The four wheel drive car has a 2 litre intercooled and turbo charged engine, 206 at 6500 and 373 at 3000.
2000 November: Mitsubishi has released a Lancer Cedia station wagon in Japan, based on the May '00 Lancer Cedia sedan. The wagon has a 1.8 litre engine and an Invecs-III 6-CVT gearbox. The range includes a model with a four wheel drive system, provided by a viscous coupling.
Continuously variable transmission (CVT) offers a continuous range of gear ratios with no discrete steps; the Invecs-III gearbox is of this kind. A curious variation fitted to some models is the Invecs-III sports mode 6-CVT which "incorporates six fixed pulley diameters" and can be operated manually.
The four wheel drive models use a simple viscous coupling
to direct torque to the rear wheels if the front wheels slip,
so this is not a serious attempt to cash in on Mitsubishi's rallying
performances as Subaru have done so well.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evo
The Mitsubishi Ralliart Team won the 1998 manufacturer's world championship. Team driver Tommi Makinen won his third consecutive world rally championship driver's title (1996, 1997, 1998) in a Lancer. Gustavo Trelles also won the Group-N driver's championship in a Lancer Evolution.
There are "no immediate plans to sell the Lancer Evolution V in Australia", as of 3/1999. However, Mitsubishi must be casting eyes at the sales figures of the Subaru Impreza and wondering how better to capitalise on their own rally successes.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V, RS spec' 1999 -->
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