Winding Road Modern Classic: 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR

By Brandon Turkus

June 28, 2013

We like the current Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X just fine. It’s a serious performance vehicle, capable of being fast in nearly any circumstance. But anyone that’s driven both the Evo X and its predecessor will tell you that, while the current Evo might be fast and agile, it lost a bit of character when it evolved (terrible pun, we know) in late 2008. The old model was far livelier and less refined.
 
Multimedia Editor Chris Amos borrowed this modified example for a quick POV driving video. This Evo MR (the top trim level) has benefited from an HKS intake, an upgraded O2 sensor by AEM, a freer-flowing downpipe and cat-back exhaust, and a reflashed ECU. Current estimates put it at 315 horsepower at all four wheels.
 
Check out the video, and let us know what you think of this hopped-up Evo.
 

 
2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR (Stock Data Panel)
Engine: Turbocharged inline-4, 2.0 liters, 16v
Output: 286 hp/289 lb-ft
0-60 MPH: 4.6 sec (est)
Weight: 3300 lb (est)
Base Price: $35,00 (est) 
 
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