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Evo VIII to be Cheaper and Faster

Thu, 09 Jan 2003
Some details of the new Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII have come through and the first nice surprise is the price. When it goes on sale in March, they'll be asking £26,995, which is between £2,500 and £3,000 cheaper than the Evo VII. Slightly more expensive, at £28,995, but still less than the old standard Evo VII, will be a 300bhp FQ version.

The standard Evo VIII puts out 276bhp at 6,500rpm and 282 lb ft torque at 3,500rpm on 97Ron + , now fed through a 6-speed rather than 5-speed box. 0-60 comes up in 5 seconds and top speed has had to be restricted to 157mph, about 7mph up on the max I ever had from an Evo VI or Evo VII on the Millbrook bowl.

Electronic goodies inclide Active Centre Differential and Super Active Yaw Control and the driver has the option of optimised settings for driving on Tarmac, Gravel or Snow.

More at www.mitsubishi-cars.co.uk

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