A member of the Lancer Register forum apparently scanned a 14-page brochure revealing a host of details about the 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. The only rub: it's in Japanese.
Although our Kanji decoder ring is in our other pair of pants, the pictures that accompany the text show a revised exterior that tones down the styling concepts that we've seen in the past. Gone are the LED headlights and integrated fog lamps, while new side vents and mirrors will be fitted to the production GSR model that makes its debut in Japan this October.
On the inside, we see a much more production-ready interior, complete with paddle shifters that control the dual-clutch gearbox, along with a revised instrument cluster with an integrated LCD displaying all manner of pertinent information.
Far easier to decipher are the power figures, which reveal that the new 4B11T engine produces 206 kw (or 276HP) at 6,500 RPM and 311 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,500 RPM. The dyno chart on the right shows the torque curve getting upwardly mobile around 2,000 RPM and then plateauing until 4,100 RPM before the power band smoothly drops off.
We expect the official horsepower figures to crest the 300 mark when the Evo makes it Stateside next year, but we'll wait for official confirmation when we're on hand in Tokyo less than two months from now.
[Source: Lancer Register via Motor Authority]