Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart Concept (2004)

Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart Concept (2004)
Mitsubishi Grandis [EU] (2004)

Mitsubishi Grandis [EU] (2004)
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution RS (2004)


Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution RS

For 2004, Lancer Evolution buyers may opt for leather front Recaro(R) seats, and they may opt for a 315-watt Infinity(R) sound system, complete with subwoofer. A limited number of brave souls may also opt for the latest trim level, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution RS.

If the lightweight, turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Lancer Evolution was not the right car for you, then the Lancer Evolution RS is even less right. But for racing purists, compact car tuners and hard-core driving enthusiasts, the best bang-for-the-buck sports sedan just got better. Thanks to numerous weight-saving measures, the Lancer Evolution RS tips the scales more than 100 pounds lighter than a loaded Lancer Evolution. Its featherweight status notwithstanding, the RS has also been blessed with quicker reflexes: a front helical-type limited slip differential and a rear crossbar help to improve the handling of one of the world's best-handling automobiles.

"Lancer Evolution RS reflects the essence of high-performance value," said Finbarr O'Neill, co-chairman and chief executive officer of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA). "We've boiled the cost-per-thrill ratio down to its lowest conceivable point, providing tuners and racing enthusiasts with more of what they need, and less of what they don't."

LESS IS MORE

When the difference between winning and losing can be measured in tenths of a second, the difference between the 3,321-lb Lancer Evolution and the 3,175-lb Lancer Evolution RS becomes significant.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII [EU] (2004)


Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII [EU]

The Lancer Evolution (colloquially known as the "EVO") is Mitsubishi's flagship sports car. Based only on the unibody of the domesticated Lancer sedan, the Evo is a rally inspired, turbocharged, all wheel drive, durable, and finely tuned automobile. The number designation of the model is most commonly a roman numeral. Evolution models prior to version V were the officially approved models for Mitsubishi's efforts in the World Rally Championship's Group A class and SCCA Pro Rally Championship. In order to follow these rules, the Evolution is based on the same platform as the Lancer. However, it is much more powerful than the Lancer, with the unibody being the only major part in common between the two. Nine street versions of the Evolution have been produced from 1993 up to today. Evolution versions VI, VII, VIII and IX did not need to meet WRC homologation requirements.

The Evo was originally intended only for Japanese markets but demand on the 'grey import' market led the Evolution series to be offered through limited type-approval in the United Kingdom and in various European markets from around 1998 (Evo V-VI). Mitsubishi decided to export the eighth generation Evolution to the United States in 2003 after witnessing the success Subaru had in that market with their Impreza WRX, a direct competitor in other global regions. The current 2006 Evolution (US market) includes a turbocharged 286 hp (213 kW) inline four-cylinder engine and a full-time all wheel drive powertrain. Variable valve timing is an Evolution first in 2006, coming in the form of MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing-and-lift Electronic Control). Japanese-spec cars were limited by a gentleman's agreement to advertise no more than 280 PS (276 hp), a mark already reached by the time of Evo IV; however, each generation of Evo's power has clandestinely evolved above the advertised number, with the Japan-spec Evo IX having real output of about 320 PS, and various versions available in other markets, particularly the UK, have official power outputs up to 405 bhp (302 kW). Even standard components are considered "tuned" compared to other vehicles. For instance, the flywheel on normal cars weighs about 12-15 kilograms but the Lancer flywheel weighs a mere 6 kilos for very quick engine response. The Evo has, however, been evolving into a heavier and heavier vehicle with each generation in face of tougher worldwide safety and emission regulations.

Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart (2004)

Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart (2004)
Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback LS (2004)

Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback LS (2004)
Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart (2004)

Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback Ralliart (2004)
Mitsubishi Montero (2004)


Mitsubishi Montero

The 2004 Mitsubishi Montero stands apart as one of the few sport utility vehicles that successfully combines style and luxury with world-renowned, off-road ruggedness. Sold in 170 countries and backed by 18 years worth of Paris-to-Dakar rally trophies, the Montero is a rugged, adaptable vehicle, ideally suited for those who indulge in family trips, treks across untamed desert or the valet line at the nightclub. "The Montero continues to make a compelling statement for the value of vehicles offering superior off-road performance, urban flexibility, and a heightened sense of style," said Finbarr O'Neill, co-chairman and chief executive officer of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA). "The 2004 Montero's amenities meet a family's everyday needs in the urban jungle while providing the versatility for off-road adventures.''

EXTERIOR

For 2004, the flagship Montero adds to its luxury amenities list an optional DVD video entertainment system that gives rear seat occupants something to pass the time. For added safety on and off the road, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System is standard equipment. Thanks to these enhancements, the 2004 Montero remains the most technologically advanced S.U.V. in the Mitsubishi lineup, as well as remaining one of the most capable off-road vehicles in the world.

POWERTRAIN

The Montero owes its strong performance to its 3.8-liter V6 engine. This engine adds power and torque to the Montero formula, delivering 215 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 248 pound-feet of torque at 3250 rpm. The 3.8-liter, SOHC, 24-valve, V6 engine is designed to start building torque early in the rev range and deliver a strong mid-range punch. Throttle-by-wire controls provide immediate engine response and work in concert with the vehicle's electronic traction aides. Adding refinement to the drive are liquid-filled engine mounts, a single serpentine accessory drive belt and large-diameter, and a low-rpm cooling fan which combine to produce a quiet and smooth engine uncommon for a vehicle of the Montero's size.

Mitsubishi Montero Sport (2004)


Mitsubishi Montero Sport

The 2004 Mitsubishi Montero Sport offers drivers the complete sport utility driving experience. The Montero Sport is a mid-sized S.U.V. that exhibits docile, easy-handling manners in urban settings while offering drivers a strong, capable chassis that can handle real off-road action. This mid-sized, adventure-ready S.U.V. relies on a ruggedly built truck chassis that attaches tough, reinforced suspension underpinnings to a thick, rigid ladder frame. Above this off-road-capable chassis, the Montero Sport offers equally rugged appearance with a powerful, imposing stance, sporty fender flares, roof rails, and chiseled truck flanks. The Montero Sport is a versatile, adventure-seeking S.U.V., able to swallow up to 79.3 cubic feet of gear in the cargo hold with the rear seat folded flat.

"Anyone in the market for an S.U.V. that can actually go off-road need look no further than the 2004 Mitsubishi Montero Sport," said Finbarr O'Neill, co-chairman and chief executive officer of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA). "The Montero Sport is the true synthesis of on-road 'sport' and off-road 'utility.'"

New for 2004

The Montero Sport lineup has been simplified by deleting the ES and Limited trim levels and simply adding content to the LS and XLS. To increase the value equation, last year's base-level 3.0-liter V6 engine is no longer available. Instead, all Montero Sports are now powered by a longitudinally-mounted 3.5-liter, SOHC, 24-valve, V6 engine that produces 197 horsepower at 5000 rpm and 223 pound-feet of torque at 3500 rpm.

Mitsubishi Outlander (2004)

Mitsubishi Outlander (2004)