Aug 26, 2016

Street Demon | Jeff's Mitsubishi Evo

Throughout more than two decades, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has made such an impression. It may be introduced to the world from the rally discipline, but it is clear that the Evo isn't limited to that discipline. In fact, when a person says 'ultimate street machine', the Evo isn't too far from the mind. In fact, when asked among any tuner enthusiast, each and everyone will have a particular generation of the Evo that they favour. At most cases, the favourite generation that one prefers also says quite a bit about the person as an enthusiast.

While most of the general public prefer the CT9A, the 4, 5 and 6 is known to make quite a presence on the streets. Seen to be as a beefy looking car with its wide fenders, big spoiler and slightly intimidating front bumper, it is also known to have the kind of driving feel that fits perfectly. The reason to this is because the CN9A and CP9A has a lighter chassis compared to the CT9A. Combined with the super intelligent four wheel drive system which makes sure the car has grip at all times, it results to a car which is capable to deliver G-forces that not many cars can deliver.

For owner Jeff and the previous owner before him, it was clear they understood the true essence of the Evo. So when it came to set up and purpose of this Evo, both owners made sure that the Evo would perform best in its handling. In fact, this Evo seen most of its days on the local mountain roads just outside Kuala Lumpur. Hence, it would only be fitting to modify the Evo to compliment the scenario of constant cornering.

Most know very well that the turbocharged 4G63 motor under the hood is capable to make some serious power, but the motor in this Evo is kept at a certain level where the power is manageable and predictable. Running on a stock bottom end, some of the bolt-on parts that's on the motor can be found on later model Evos like a Greddy TD05 turbocharger that can found on the Evo 9 and camshafts from the Evo 8 MR. With this set up, Jeff sets the boost at 1.8 bar which currently produces an estimated power output of 330bhp and 41 kg-m of torque.

With some relatively decent numbers, it was mentioned by Jeff that he wasn't going for peak power numbers. For that reason, most of the power was kept at the lower to mid RPM range which delivers instant response and boost. This would make the motor perform well on twisty mountain roads where there are not many straights and the driver doesn't have much time and distance to wait for boost to engage. 

While the motor is kept at a decent level, the handling department also gets its fair share of mods to keep the cornering tight on the road. Knowing that this Evo will spend most of the time on the street especially on less than perfect mountain roads, The worst thing that someone will do to it is to install super hard suspension which might be ideal for track, but it will make the car a nightmare to drive on a street surface. For a streetable ride with sharp handling capability, a set of Aragosta Coilovers paired with some Bridgestone Potenza RE003 street radials.

Even though Jeff have only had this Evo for a very brief period of time, he describes the car as being one the best car he ever had. The enjoyment that he gets from driving the CN9A can't be compared to anything else. Despite having experience owning many other cars from a Subaru Impreza GC8 to a Honda Integra DC2, he still claims this CN9A is still the best when it comes to driving pleasure. However, after 10 years driving modified cars, it has came to a point where Jeff needs to concentrate on raising a family. So at the end of the shoot, he told me that he's putting the Evo up for sale. Hopefully the next owner will fully enjoy the capability and unleash the potential this Evo has to offer.

Owner: Jeff Siow
Model: 1997 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution CN9A
Location: Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia

2.0L 4G63 Inline-4,
Stock Internals,
Evo 8 MR Camshaft,
Brian Crower Valvesprings,
Works Engineering Adjustable Cam Pulley,
Works Engineering Fuel Rail,
FIC 750cc Injectors,
AEM Fuel Regulator,
S90 Throttle Body,
Synapse Blow-Off Valve,
DD Aluminum Radiator,
Blitz Air Filter,
Ralliart Intake Pipe,
AEM Water Methanol Injection System,
Greddy TD05HRA Turbo with 20G Billet Fin,
Blitz Downpipe,
Blitz Nur Spec Exhaust,
CeddyMods Ecu Flash,
Links 3 bar Map Sensor,

5 speed manual,
Ogura Twin Plate Clutch,

Aragosta Coilovers,
Cusco Front And Rear Strut Bars,
Cusco Anti Roll Bar,
Project mU Brake Rotors,
Endless CCRG Brake Pads,

Enkei RP01 17 x 7.5 Offset +32 (all round)
Bridgestone Potenza RE003 235/45/17 (all round)

Full Evo 5 CP9A Conversion,

Bride Seats,
Sparco 215 Steering Wheel,
Sparco Harness,
Apex'i Boost Meter,
AEM Air Fuel Ratio Gauge,


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