Lancer Evolution VIII Hits The Road | Part Two
- Evolution VIII uses an off-black color scheme and the
strategic placement of dark titanium-finish panels to create
a sporty interior space that fully complements the vehicle’s
character and supports sports driving requirements.
- Dashboard ornamentation is finished in blue to coordinate
with the seat upholstery.
- The dark titanium-finish center panel accommodates 2DIN
and 1DIN audio systems on GSR and RS trim levels respectively.
- The race-serious instrument panel locates the tachometer
in the center and uses the same full-scale 270 km/h speedometer
(the governor operates at 180km/h as on its predecessor)
as fitted to the recently launched North America market
Evolution VIII, the first Evolution model to be offered
on that market.
- The shifter features a smaller spherical design that enhances
operability. On 6-speed close-ratio gearbox models, the
shift gate plate is embellished with the Evolution logo
made from the same CFRP material as the rear spoiler.
- Recaro bucket seats use slim-line bolsters and a lustrous
blue knit fabric with a distinctive dimple-finish.
- Evolution VIII is powered by an improved version of the
2-liter in-line 4-cylinder 16-valve DOHC twin-scroll turbocharger-with-intercooler
4G63 engine that develops class-topping maxima of 280PS
(206kW)/6500rpm (unchanged) and 40.0kg-m (392Nm)/ 500rpm
(an increase of 1.0kg-m).
- Optimization of supercharging characteristics has produced
class-topping maximum torque of 40.0kg-m/3500rpm and even
gutsier torque in the flat 3000rpm-to-5000rpm band.
- To match the higher torque, cooling performance has been
improved by uprating the water pump capacity and by enlarging
the water passages in the turbocharger. Engine durability
and reliability have also been improved by uprating the
aluminum pistons and forged steel con rods.
- Detail changes have reduced total engine weight by 2.5kg
(models with air conditioning). Use of lighter valve springs
and valve spring tensioners has lowered the moment of inertia
of, and with less load on the springs reduced friction in,
- Evolution VIII models use the same fuel tanks as fitted
to the North America market series. At 55 liters, the GSR
gets a 7-liter increase to extend its cruising range; while
at 50 liters, the RS gets just 2 liters more in view of
weight and motorsport minimum range considerations.
Published 29 January 2003
- Evolution VIII uses a 6-speed close-ratio gearbox (standard
on the GSR) to maximally utilize the engine’s outstanding
power and torque characteristics. With the motorsport competitor
in mind, the RS comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard
and is available with a 6-speed gearbox/17-inch wheel combination
package as a factory-fitted option.
- The ratios on the 6-speed gearbox have been carefully chosen
to extract every ounce of torque from the engine: 1st for
acceleration from rest; 2nd to 5th for seamless shifting and
response; while 6th supports an increase in top speed. The
ratios also enable Evolution VIII to return 9.7 km/l in the
Japanese 10-15 urban mileage test, an improvement of 0.1km/l
- The 6-speed gearbox employs a pull-ring mechanism to prevent
accidental selection of reverse.
- For Evolution VIII, 5-speed RS models now come standard with
the super-close ratio gearbox offered as an option on its
predecessor, with uprated durability and stiffness to match
the increased torque.
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