The Lancer Evo IX MR is the best of the VII-IX models. As the last of the breed before Mitsubishi changed course with the relatively short lived X model, this is the one with the best specification of all, with better handling, stying & interior equipment than it's older siblings. MIVEC variable valve timing was introduced on the Evo IX, along with revised styling which included better styled front & rear bumper designs, rear spoiler & the addition of rooftop vortex generators. The underside also received attention with a "zero lift kit".
Make no mistake, this is a car capable of embarrassing Supercars. Click here to see Jeremy Clarkson pit an Evo 9 MR against a Lamborghini Murcielago and beat it.
With Mitsubishi having announced in 2014 that the X model would be the last Evolution Lancer, in Japan the Evo IX MR has remained highly sought after in good condition with the best examples fetching ever stronger prices these days. With rally fugitive models (not just Lancers, but other manufacturers's models too) including the Evo 6 TME now skyrocketing in value, we expect the best IX MR examples to continue to appreciate considerably going forward, since there are few cars as capable, practical and involving to drive as these. When seeking as example for stock we wanted as perfect an example as possible - so when this example came up, we made sure we secured it.
Perfect condition: It's very rare nowadays to find an example with pin-straight panels, all original, unmarked paintwork, zero underside rust and a near perfect interior with perfect mechanical condition & integrity.
It's plainly obvious from it's condition this Lancer Evo IX MRhas been garaged since new.
It's also clear to us this car hasn't been driven hard at all; this is shown by the lack of stone chips to the front and also relatively low levels of brake disc wear. Note the calipers haven't turned pink from being overheated, which serves to indicate the one owner of this vehicle in Japan (since new) liked having a beautiful car, but didn't use the performance it's capable of.
A complete lack of scratches & chips to the wheel edges confirm the previous ) owner was an older enthusiast. Inside neither the ashtrays nor the cigar lighter have also never been used. Interior is in near perfect condition throughout too and very clean. On the underside there is no corrosion at all. Wheels too have zero corrosion. Even the engine bay is in near perfect condition; it's as if this example went through a time warp. Condition throughout is amazing - far, far better than any example imported to the UK when these were first made. There's no reason this particular example shouldn't last another 10+ years, especially if it remains as well cared for and preserved as you see it now.
Standard equipment & more includes: 6 Speed Close Ratio Transmission, water jets to intercooler (manual & auto selectable modes), revised front & rear bumper designs, zero lift kit, PAS, Dual SRS Airbags, 4-channel ABS, ACD, Super AYC, Rear Wiper, HID Headlights, Remote Central Locking, carbon look facia panels, MR badge on centre console, Recaro leather & alcantara trimmed front seats with matching trim on rear seats, factory fitted rear privacy glass. A standard alarm & Immobiliser is also fitted complete with remote central locking. Brakes are standard Brembos. Wheels are lightweight Enkei forged alloys - which weigh approx 6kg each (Without tyres). Tyre size is 235/45 ZR17.
On MR models, specific differences include specially tuned Bilstein dampers and matching springs, Full carbon rear blade, Door crash bars in aluminium alloy, lightweight alloy roof panel (for reduced weight & lower center of gravity). Gauges are of special design for the Evo 9 MR - also. For the MR model in addition to the engine being of stronger internal specification than ever before, the power and torque band have been increased. The 4G63 engine's strong low-middle range has been maintained. In addition, as quoted by Mitsubishi Japan, power and top end response are improved considerably. Although officially the power is quoted as 287 bhp, in reality it's closer to 320 bhp as standard.
Performance Improvements: Unsurprisingly, the previous single owner chose some of the best quality improvements to add just a little performance whilst improving reliability to this MR.
There's an HKS Kansai Full carbon air box (not just the funnel / lid, but the entire airbox!). An HKS EVC 5 boost controller increases boost to a steady 1.1 bar at the red line which is a safe limit to maintain engine reliability (standard boost is 0.9 bar at rev limit as standard). This in effect gives around 350 bhp. To maintain reliability there's an HPI hard piping kit (With Samco hoses) & an Evolfe double capacity radiator. A Tomei turbo elbow gives a less restrictive & faster spool of the turbo than standard. Some of these items are nowadays discontinued (Carbon airbox is highly sought after on the used market in Japan - and worth a fair bit on its own!)
Cosmetic & Interior Improvements include: Original option alloy pedal cover set, sports fitted floor mats (original floor mats are included in the boot), original option side visor set, Colt Speed carbon window frame trims, Sony 200W CD/MD/Radio 2 DIN head unit (with HKS EVC 5 boost control unit neatly located beneath it).
Condition report & Test Drive: Auction grade is 4.0b & a copy of auction sheet is available (For the owner). This is about as good as a 10 year old car could ever hope to be found. The underside has no corrosion at all. Aside from minor wear to the edges of the leather bolsters plus some very minor stone chips to the lower section of the front bumper (too small to photograph) & a small blemish on the clear coat of the rear spoiler blade (repaired, see picture), these are the only faults we could find after going through the car with fine detail. It's been serviced regularly and shows as having been recently serviced. Oil is still a light gold colour.
It drives absolutely perfectly too. There is plenty of life remaining on the clutch. No rattles from the (Bilstein) suspension and no drama from the brakes, even under hard use. Performance is very strong too. It's an absolute pleasure to drive. Condition of this example (including mileage) is much like that of a 2 year old car in the UK. Within a few more years this should become a collectable example as one of the last great Evo's made.
Total OTR price: £24,495 inclusive of new MOT, comprehensive warranty, full UK registration & specialist detailing, just prior to collection.
Contact us to enquire about reserving this example, or having one sourced to special order by ourselves. For sales inquiries where the car would be shipped direct to another country, ask about our FOB package.
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