Let’s talk about a car which was well-known throughout the world with its performance in its class. Can you guess it? Ok, here’s the clue, the car which was featured in “Two fast, two furious” and Jackie Chan’s “Who Am I”. Yes the car which had a glorious history in the past and probably the best car that Mitsubishi felt proud of building – It’s the Mitsubishi Lancer. Lancer is a compact car produced by the Japanese manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors since 1973.
Until 1992, Lancer was developed with a linked name under it and Mitsubishi used this car only for races such WRC and Dakar rally only, but at the beginning of 1992 Mitsubishi has introduced Lancer independently. So it has around 4 decades of history embedded in it. This is the car which made Mitsubishi flag waving around all the 7 continents in the world with different names in different continents. From 1973 to 2008, over six million units had been sold throughout the world. So let’s look into the history of this car and find out the amazing stuff which made this car a master piece.
According to Mitsubishi motors, Lancer has total 9 generations of cars starting from 1992-2014
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First generation (1992-1994):
This was the first generation car from lancer. It is powered by a 2.0 DOHC engine. This sports mechanical plate type LSD’s whereas the successive Lancer models have rear mechanical plate type LSD’s. Performance wise this is a great model as it has a top speed of 228 KMPH, but safety features like ABS, power windows and seats are absent.
Second Generation (1994-1995):
Introduced with enhancements such as wheelbase adjustments, front sway bar gets lighter and handling improvements. It also has the same GSR as the RS model.
Third Generation (1995-1996):
Had many improvements including redesigned grill, bumper and improved air supply to radiators. It also featured new turbocharged compressors.
Fourth Generation (1996-1998):
In this generation of Lancer it received major exterior and as well as interior changes. The same RS and GSR models were continued in which the RS model was given a limited-slip front differential and a friction type LSD at the rear and GSX seats. The active yaw control first appeared in this generation GSR model as an option. Both GSR and RS models get a new twin scroll turbocharger and fog light enhancements. The design aspects resulted in better performance.
Fifth Generation (1998-1999):
In this generation the Mitsubishi Lancer received improvements such as interior upgrades and new body kits which made it even more sporty!
Sixth generation (1999 -2001):
This generation of Mitsubishi Lancer received upgrades such as Larger inter-cooling apparatus & new pistons were introduced in the car. New body works with new bumper enhancements were introduced. A new model called RS2 was introduced in GSR and RS platforms. In 1999 a special edition called the Tommi Mäkinen Edition was launched. It was named after the legendary sports car rally driver Tommi Mäkinen and it won WRC rally championship for that year.
Seventh Generation (2001-2003):
In this generation Mitsubishi Lancer cars major changes were applied on the car Chassis and Drive Trans. Automatic Drive Tran and Chassis Tweaks were introduced in to the car. A new model GT-A (gentlemen express edition) was added in the Line-up excluding GSR, RS, and RS-2. This model was introduced and discontinued in the same year 2002 and did not appear in any generations after the 7th generation. But the same GT-A gear box was used in the 9th generation model. The major enhancements include spoiler enhancements, light improvements, deluxe interior and exterior specs are introduced. After 4th generation this model is the total improved one.
Eighth Generation (2003-2005):
In this generation 6 speed manual gear box was introduced along with the 5 speed manual, super active yaw control was also introduced. In this generation another two variants were introduced along with GSR and RS, those models are MR RS and MR GSR. The GSR and RS were having the 5-speed gear box and while the new MR GSR and MR RS were having 6-speed gear box. Enkei wheels, Brembo Brakes and Bilstein shocks were introduced to enhance the performance aspects of the car. It is one of the most successful models in the whole Mitsubishi Lancer series and is taught to be one of the first lancer car introduced in US and gained huge popularity.
Ninth Generation (2005-2007):
This generation was first exhibited in Geneva Motor Showto market it in both Japan and Europe. In this along with those 4 variants 2 other variants were introduced GT and MR Tuned by RALLIART. The MR Tuned by RALLIART was based on Tommi Mäkinen Edition which was released during 1999. The GT version is a blend of both RS and some aspects of GSR model with a revised 5 gear box. This generation was also introduced in U.K with the names FQ-300, 320, 340, FQ-360 and MR FQ-360. Along with UK the car was introduced in Philippines too. So with this generation Mitsubishi Lancer gained Europe and as well as some parts of Asian markets too.
Tenth Generation (2007-Present):
This is the present generation of Mitsubishi Lancer cars and this generation begins in 2007 and continuing until now with the new Lancer Evolution. As previous generations faced tremendous success, this generation Lancer cars concentrates on reaching worldwide production. Hence it released the tenth generation model all over the world starting with Asiatic countries such as Japan, China, India, Philippines, Malaysia and Europe and as well as United States, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. Mitsubishi Lancer faced a great success with this generation of cars.
This generation has two cars which are very popular in the lancer series.
- Mitsubishi Racing Lancer: MRX09 is a racing variant from the lancer series. It is a cross country rally car for Dakar rally.
- Mitsubishi lancer EVOLUTION: This is the present 2014 model and look more in detail about this car now to find some interesting aspects about the car. Through this Mitsubishi wants to compete against the new bees and want’s to gain the lost glory through this.
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The exterior of this car looks amazing and the body of the car looks very aggressive, and thanks to its muscular body line. Mitsubishi states that “This body is a mix match of all lancers which were released from the beginning”, so this car is carrying the legacy of lancer design. The best thing when it comes to the exterior of this car is the bumper. If we observe the lancer history, bumpers always get major changes. They are getting stronger and act as a signature element of the Mitsubishi Lancer. The 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer also have same two variants as always : The MR and GSR. These are some differences in between these two models.
This is one of the very few cars people buy almost exclusively for the performance that the car produces rather than the luxury. But this model has the luxury item too. In terms of interiors, the car looks very neat and clean. In its range it offers some great interior features such as Sportive Recaro Seating, Three spoke steering wheel with audio, cruise and central controlling systems embedded on it. The biggest difference when we compare the interiors of GSR and MR models is the narrow central console and leather fittings as MR gets a premium aluminum and leather-trimmed. Both of these models gets the same interior features such as Cruise Control, Power windows and side mirrors, Color LCD multi-information display, Automatic climate control, 6.1 inch touch screen audio display. But the GSR model gets something more such as the Powerful audio system, Sports Fabric Interior, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Remote keyless entry, Glossy back trim, FUSE Hands-free Link System with USB port etc.
Review: Engine and performance
This car (both GSR and RS) is powered by 2.0-liter Turbocharged 16-valve I-4 with DOHC and MIVEC which generates peak torque range up to 300 @ 4000 RPM and the horsepower generates up to 291. The engines are same in both GSR and RS model, the major difference between them is GSR has 6-speed gear box while RS has 5-speed gear box. The top speeds of both are same and ranges at 146mph and while GSR model can reach 0-60 at 4.5secs, for RS it was 4.9secs. The fuel economy for GSR model is 17 in city and 23 in highway, while for RS model 17 in city and 22 in highway.
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Wide range of safety features such as Electronic engine immobilizer, Child safety locks, shock protection body, Active stability and traction control, Anti-theft security alarm, 7 airbags, Sportive ABS+EBD, trunk entrapment release handle, Brembo braking system and it has 5 star rated ancap rating.
Pros and Cons:
- Aggressive body looks.
- Speed and Handling around corners
- Smart interiors
- High performance
- Need some extra horse power
- Maintenance. ( Lancer’s major drawback)
A car with a glorious history also has some big fat rivals too.Taking into account the pricing, performance and luxury Mitsubishi Lancer competes with :
- BMW 135i.
- Subaru WRX STi.
- Mazda 3 sedan.
- Subaru impreza.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Commercial:
This car has a glorious history and is considered as one of the finest performer ever. This car has all the features including good interiors, aggressive exteriors, and is one of the most successful compact sedans in the market. If you have enough money this car would be a great choice .This car has always been the darling car enthusiasts, car racers, ralliart champions and anyone who love to customize their car with a wide range of new accessories. Lancer Evolution has made Revolution in the automobile world!