Car reviews - Mitsubishi - Lancer - Evo VIII sedan
Mitsubishi lands wild new Lancer Evo VIII rally rocket at a sensible price
22 Jun 2004
THE last Lancer Evo rally rocket Mitsubishi officially imported Down Under, Evo VI, took two years to eventuate and arrived at a price of nearly $80,000. This time round, the new and much more civilised Euro-spec Evo VIII is on sale here just months after its 2003 Tokyo show debut, at a far more sensibly priced $61,990 – some $18,000 less. That may still be $5000 more than the Lancer Evo’s direct rival in the Subaru Impreza WRX STi - and Evo continues to be limited-edition prospect here - but with the same turbocharged 195kW output (and even more torque at 355Nm), Evo VIII is sure to give STi the competition it deserves.
The Road to Recovery podcast series
Model release date: 1 June 2004 to 1 August 2005
All car reviews
Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart Evo VI sedanReleased: May 2001
Ended: December 2001
Family Tree: Lancer
Also a limited-edition import comprising just 100 examples, the last official Lancer Evo sold here (in 2001) was the CE Lancer-based Ralliart Evo VI sedan. At $80,000, the 206kW turbo AWD quickly proved a clever and formidable, if pricier, rival for Subaru's dominant WRX STi rally clone. A Lancer Evo VII has since been launched in Japan.
Click to share