Lancer Evolution VIII MR
Making its debut at the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show in October, this new model has been dubbed the Lancer Evolution VIII MR, taking the ‘MR’ (Mitsubishi Racing) designation traditionally reserved for Mitsubishi Motors high-performance models and used first on the Galant GTO.
The Lancer Evolution VIII MR boasts improved road holding by exploiting to maximum advantage the advanced features of Mitsubishi’s own 4WD control system and using the exclusively configured slick-response Bilstein suspension.
Forged alloy road wheels reduce the unsprung weight, while the centre of gravity has been lowered by the use of aluminium for the roof panel and weight reductions to the upper half of the body.
Detail improvements to the electronic 4WD system, to the ACD (Active Centre Differential) + Super AYC (Active Yaw Control) handling systems, together with the Evolution’s now lighter suspension achieve an unprecedented degree of quality in handling characteristics. The engine benefits from improved redline performance and has been tuned for competition use with emphasis on power output in the mid-to-high speed bands.
Exterior and interior trim elements enhancing Lancer Evolution VIII MR’s premium-value image include Recaro full-bucket front seats with mono-tone suede leather, carbon-finish dashboard and black headlamp reflectors.