Mitsubishi introduced the Lancer Evolution IX in Japan on March 3, 2005 and exhibited the car at the Geneva Motor Show for the European market the same day. The 2.0 L 4G63 engine has MIVEC technology (variable valve timing), and a revised turbocharger design boosting official power output at the crankshaft to 287 hp and torque to 289 lb·ft. Three trims were available for Japan, Asia and Europe;
RS – “rally sport”, revised 5-speed, aluminium roof, gauge pack, minimal interior, LSD and a titanium-magnesium turbine, left-hand drive option available.
GT – revised 5-speed, LSD, titanium-magnesium turbine, and Recaro fabric seat, with some of the GSR’s features (mainly interior pieces).
GSR – 6-speed, Bilstein monotube shocks, auto-air conditioner, Recaro leather with alcantara material bucket seat, aluminium roof, gauge pack, SAYC (Super Active Yaw Control), and double-din radio (this is roughly equivalent to the USDM MR).
Although all models used the same 287 hp engine, the torque differed from one model to another. In Europe, however, the Evolution IX was advertised to have 276 hp. The GSR produced 295 lb·ft of torque, while the RS and GT produced 300 lb·ft.
The IX GT was produced for the Japanese market only and has a true following due to the combination of GSR refinement and RS drivetrain – No AYC diff, RS 5 speed gearbox and RS rear mechanical LSD.
Recaro seats trimmed in Alcantara, climate control and Sports ABS makeS the GT the perfect compromise between RS and GSR.
AC, Electric Windows, Remote Central Locking, Recaro seats, 5 speed gearbox, MIVEC variable valve timing, Magnesium Compressor wheel, Titanium turbine wheel, RS LSD’s (AYC delete), Larger compressor housing diffuser, Gloss black backing to front and rear lights, Rear diffuser bumper, Restyled front bumper with twin oval air inlets, Different size rear oil return to block, Plastic spoiler uprights
The Scotia White paintwork is entirely befitting of this Rally legend, particularly in menacing GT specification. The bodywork has been beautifully prepared and, save for some carefully touched in chips to the bonnet, presents very well complimented by contrasting carbon to front splitter, roof spoiler and rear wing.
Rear diffuser and RalliArt mud flaps supplement the Asphalt attack mode.
Unique to the GT the Alcantara Recaros provide the ultimate in grip, comfort and stability. The seats show minimal wear; retaining factory contour and shape whilst the rear bench and boot space are unmarked.
Optional refinements for this GT include AC, Electric windows and Remote central locking.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Awakening with a growl, this EVO immediately settles to a tenacious idle.. Having always been over-serviced the performance of the engine and drivetrain is tight and assured. Stunning acceleration and huge lateral grip are the hallmarks of the Lancer generation and this very special GT variant does not disappoint.
The engine is in a state of light tune; an uprated Intercooler, Exhaust and Air filter are complimented by a light engine map to accommodate the changes.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The Tarmac Rally-spec Speedline Turini wheels present in excellent condition wrapped in nearly new Michelin PS3 rubber. The original Enkei wheels are also supplied.
The Brembo big brake kit is amongst the best in the business ensuring this EVO maintains limpet-like grip and excellent stopping distances.
First registered in Japan in March of 2005, this GT was imported into the UK in 2007 at 2,600 miles. Every movement since arrival into the UK has been logged by umpteen service invoices from M.A.Developments, R G Motorsport and latterly CPP Motor Developments.
The original stamped service book is present and correct; logging 12 entries up to 2012 with invoicing thereafter. A total of 22 records annotate various works carried out; everything from standard servicing to suspension, clutch and braking revisions.
Spare key and all original export documentation are present and correct.
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