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This could prove to be very intresting!

In a shock announcement, Mitsubishi Motors Japan released the concept and specs of the new Evolution X. The surprise occurred due to the fact that the current model (IX) has only just started production in the past few weeks. The most perplexing notion is the release date of the new Evo.

"We are so excited about this new car," announced Yushimo Katisho the market manager for Ralliart. "We couldn't keep it under wraps. It will be a huge leader in the market and should prove to be dominant in the WRC stage. This is one of the main reasons why the car is released now, so we can get the rally side working again."

"The reality of it," Katisho continued. "Is that we have two teams running development work on the evolution range. The team on the IX really were just creating a face-lift of the VIII while our top engineers have been working tirelessly on the new X."

So what is so good about the new Evo. For starters the platform is completely new, based somewhere between the CE lancer, Cedia design and the new CZ Tarmac. It promises to be smaller and lighter than the current IX allowing for gains to be made in rigidity and cornering.

The engine powerhouse is the first step away from the conventional 4G63 long motor design that served for so long. Keeping the short motor design and platform Ralliart have gone into development with HKS and Greddy to create an amazing twin turbo system that will rock the turbo charged world's foundations.

"With this new setup we are able to create peak torque at 2200rpm and hold that torque to 6900rpm and therefore extend that rally sweet spot. The most amazing development is the end of twin turbo gap and lag. This is like driving with a monster single turbo with low down mombo."

The 4G63 is boosted now with full and complete Mivec and extra capacity going to 2.5 litres which promises to deliver copious amounts of power all the way to the new 8700rpm redline. This being the need created for the new turbo system.

The drive line moves back to the proven 5 speed system for strength to cope with the new found power. The ACD gets more looks at with an extra mode - AutoX - for those tighter and twistier situations. The SAYC is further improved to carry 50% more torque from wheel to wheel and for the first time it is introduced on the front end of the car.

The brakes also get their first upgrade in years. Brembo is left behind and ALCON come to the party. The front brakes now support 6 pot caliper strength while the rears support 4 pot stopping power. The rotors are not left behind with ALCON curve slots as standard.

The car will be availble to the press in the next two weeks with sales expected to start in Japan around mid year.

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2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
Engine
Engine Code: 4G63 MIVEC
Type: Inline four, iron block, aluminum head,
turbocharged and
intercooled
Valvetrain: DOHC, four valves per cylinder
Displacement: 2498cc
Bore x Stroke: 85.0mm x 88.0mm
Compression Ratio: 8.8:1
Claimed Crank Hp: 360 hp @ 7500 rpm
Claimed Crank Torque: 345 hp @ 2800 rpm
Redline: 8700 rpm
Drivetrain
Layout: Transverse front engine, all-wheel drive
Transmission: Five-speed manual
Gear Ratios

Differentials: SAYC (F), active electrohydraulically
controlled clutch
type (C), SAYC(R)
Exterior Dimensions
Brakes
Front: 13.65-in. vented discs, six-piston Alcon
calipers
Rear: 13.0-in. vented discs, four-piston Alcon
calipers, Electronic
Driving Aids/Inhibitors: ACD, ABS, EBD
Wheels and Tires
Wheels: 18x8.5-in. OZ Racing
 

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Surely this must be a huge blow to people who have a IX on order they don't even have thier cars and they will be old hat within a very short period of time!

Not fair me thinks could be a few upset people. :cry:

Sounds pretty promising though :D
 

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Gud write up mate, very interesting strategy releasing info on the next model as to what theoretically has't hit the shops in its current guise yet.

Spose it all depends on a relaese date as to wheather it will kill evo 9 sales?

Some very interesting changes to the overal setup and spec there as well.
 

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I got excited and found this link while doing a search:

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Looks like this information was out a month ago and should have been available to the press by now. The 2498cc twin turbo engine set-up sounds too similar to a VR4 engine and that engine is a V6. Anyway, the thought of a 2.5l 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that revs to 8700rpm is quite hard to believe. Would be awesome if this were true though!

(edited to say: if you scroll down the link and click on the first reply by MISGSR, he thinks its just a hoax)
 

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Lol its gotta be a hoax, as previously posted the maximum capacity of any car in the WRC is 1997 so why would they say they are so excited to get deeply involved with the WRC again?

Sounds pretty sweet though, if dreams could only come tru!

Scotster :p
 

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The only thing i found a little strange was the fact that 'Mr Katisho' would come out with ......This is like driving with a monster single turbo with low down mombo." :crackup: :crackup: , other than the slight technical errors mentioned, can't wait. :D
 

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I don't have the money but if i did i would be waiting for an X. 5 and 10 are always landmarks when it comes to most things in life, more so 10 than 5. This will hopefully mean that the 10 will be completely revamped and although probably nothing like the hoax lets hope its something special.

Scotster :p
 

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Scotster said:
I don't have the money but if i did i would be waiting for an X. 5 and 10 are always landmarks when it comes to most things in life, more so 10 than 5. This will hopefully mean that the 10 will be completely revamped and although probably nothing like the hoax lets hope its something special.

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There was a small review of the IX in the Sunday Telegraph this week - said it was the performance bargin of the decade and also mentioned that it wolud be probabally 2 years until ther X was avalible as it was a totally new platform.

It suggersted that the IX will be the EVO model to have as it will be the last of the supper salons, the X is just going to be another coupe and then will be trying to mix it with the likes of porche etc - something they sugested mitsubishi had little chance of pulling off !
 
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