This track-tuned 650-horsepower Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII is a corner assassin
Although thrown on an economical roller coaster, at one point all car enthusiasts were looking forward to the next Mitsubishi rally car, and to be precise – the Lancer Evolution. This low-volume, high-performance compact car is essentially a four-door sedan. To this day, the Lancer Evolution, through its generations, has become a cult car around the world. Riccardo Senior from LivingLifeFast reviews a 650 horsepower Evolution VIII.
In his last article, Riccardo reviewed a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8 MR320 tuned by Torque Development International. Although heavily modified, Dennis and his team put a lot of effort into the powertrain.
It’s still a 2.0-liter, but with an SME recast cylinder head instead of the conventional roller rocker arms and hydraulic valve lifters. In place, they put sturdy buckets directly on it. They also changed the shape of the ports, the angles of the ports and the angles of the valves for a fantastic fluid head. For delivery, they installed a Garret G770 turbo.
Torque Development International boosted this Lancer Evolution to 650 HP, but it’s a limited couple. Dennis and his team limited this track car’s torque to protect the drivetrain, but he admits it could produce up to 770 hp if it didn’t use an stock drivetrain.
This Evo performs a custom Cybex ECU and the on-board boost control unit to limit the amount of boost produced by the engine. It is also currently operating at four bars of inlet pressure. According to Dennis, this overpowered Mitsubishi Evo is a tuner car for track days and trips to the Nürburgring. This fully built classic JDM runs on BC coils, upgraded brakes and poly bushings.
Behind the wheel, the Evo bites the track with unparalleled zeal. It’s noisy in the cabin, you can barely make out Dennis and Riccardo’s conversations. In the corners, there is a tiny bit of understeer, but with tons of power at mid-range.
Based on Riccardo’s experience behind the wheel, this Evolution 8 is so well balanced, with forward perfection. It’s a real driver’s car.
“It is not intimidating. It feels very controllable, and the power feels more than enough,Said Riccardo.