Best Mitsubishi Lancer EX 2000 Turbo Rally Sport Classic Cars – Beloved for its looks and praised for its performance in almost all variants, Mitsubishi Lancer started its way to fame in 1973. In many countries other than Japan, it has been marketed under different names such as Dodge Colt, Plymouth Colt, Chrysler Lancer, and Eagle Summit. The car was designed to fill the gap between the Mitsubishi Galant and Minica.
A number of Japan-based car companies have entered the North American and European markets quite successfully. Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Mazda are probably the most popular today; one of the reasons is that those companies cater to all sorts of consumers. On the other hand, consumer base for Mitsubishi (and Subaru) are a little bit more concentrated mainly including people who want the feel and rush of sports car for friendlier price tags. Mitsubishi Lancer is a prime example of how a fresh engineering point of view from the Far East became popular in the West.
The car has gone through multiple generations; in fact, it is still in production until now. Within the span of more than 4 decades, Mitsubishi Lancer has come in many different variants. Some of the most notable include the 1600 GSR mostly because it only won the Southern Cross Rally four times as well as Safari Rally twice, Mitsubishi 3000GT which looked nearly identical to Dodge Stealth and the monstrous Mitsubishi Eclipse. Of course, the entire Mitsubishi Evo models make the list as well.
There was actually another model people tend to forget, the Mitsubishi Lancer EX 2000 Turbo. About 6 years after the first generation had been unveiled Mitsubishi introduced the Lancer EX in its home country. One of the biggest improvements over its predecessors was a new engine called MCA-JET system. MCA, or Mitsubishi Clean Air, made the new car pass both Japan and US emission standards, while the new head design allowed for more air to come into the combustion chamber. Another great addition was Silent Shaft Technology which consisted of two shafts rotating in opposite direction to cancel power pulses from 4-cylinder engine; the result was smoother driving experience with less vibration and noise.
Unfortunately Mitsubishi Lancer EX 2000 Turbo was only marketed in Europe. Not even the home country had the turbo version which reached maximum power of around 168 horsepower and managed a top speed of around 128 mph. It also came with electronic fuel injection. A rally version of the car was also made, and capable of delivering 281 horsepower; a blazingly fast car in 1981.
From styling perspective, Mitsubishi Lancer EX 2000 Turbo was not as streamlined as many sport cars of today. It had box-shaped aerodynamic, turbo light at the rear (which turned on every time the turbo kicked-in), unique bumpers, and even an inverted “TURBO” script so that the driver in front of you could read it from the rear view mirror; in a way, it also informed the driver to get out of the way because something fast was coming through; impressive, creative, Japan.
For Americans, Mitsubishi Lancer EX 2000 Turbo was only available abroad, and this actually makes the car more elusive today. This car was a true sports sedan back in the day. It was seriously quick and featured a lot in terms of practicality at the same time.
In short, Mitsubishi Lancer EX 2000 is the icon of classic sport car from the oriental world. Unfortunately, there are not many left today; some are still around but you may need to dig your pocket a little deeper to get all the proper parts shipped overseas.