Tokyo, January 29, 2003 - Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) today announced that it will launch the Lancer Evolution VIII sports sedan in Japan on January 31. Features include a high-performance 2-liter intercooler-turbocharged engine, a 6-speed close-ratio gearbox and MMC’s advanced all-wheel traction control system. Available in three trim levels, the Evolution VIII GSR is priced at JPY3,298,000, the RS 5-speed manual transmission model JPY2,740,000 and RS 6-speed gearbox model JPY3,160,000. MMC is targeting total sales of 5,000 units.

The Lancer Evolution VIII marks the eighth step up the evolutionary ladder in the 10 years since the series made its Japan debut in October 1992. Providing a base model for a wide range of motorsport events, Evolution VIII continues the tradition of delivering quicker competition performance with each new model in the series. Evolution VIII also brings a significant improvement in perceived driving quality, offering a kid-glove fit between man and machine that inspires greater confidence over all speed bands and surfaces.

Major changes over Evolution VII include:

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Published : 29/01/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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