Spotted: Mitsubishi Lancer 2000 EX Turbo

"Riggers, what's an Evo 0?" This was the question asked to me by our very own classified admin guru Rusty-C. "It's a -errrmmm - it's a - I don't know what it is," was my (pretty unhelpful) reply.

There is, of course, technically no such thing as an Evo 0. But the chap selling this 1981 Mitsubishi Lancer 2000 EX turbo is right in a way - because this car was privileged with the very first installation of the 4G63 engine that would be used in Evos I through to IX.

In this guise it gave 168bhp to the rear wheels, which was enough to shove the 1095kg saloon to 60mph in a smidge over 7.0secs and on to 124mph flat out.

And you can see the germs of the greaty Mitsubishi Tarmac warrior dynasty in the beefed-up-everyday-saloon looks. But while the outside screams performance car in a boxy 1980s sort of way, the interior is still rather more minicab than special stage.

Still, it's a fine automotive curiosity, although at £7995 you'd probably have to be a committed fan of fast Japanese metal to pick it over, say, a clean early Ford Escort RS Turbo, up for £5595.

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  • Matt_N 13 Oct 2011

    Like it!

    Imagine it with a few more horses under the bonnet - endless possibilities with the 4G63.

    Priced way too high at £8k though.

  • Steve H 13 Oct 2011

    Can't be many of them left now that haven't followed the 80s jap car tradition and rotted away.

    For sure if an Escort RS Turbo is £5.5k then a good Lancer Turbo is fair enough at £8k.

  • rob1234 13 Oct 2011

    Anything with mirrored script on the front bumper has my vote...

  • GravelBen 13 Oct 2011

    A few of them still rallying down this side of the world too smile

    FWIW Mitsi-lovers also have a habit of referring to the 1st-gen Galant VR4 as the Evo 0 even thought it wasn't one either.

  • Boshly 13 Oct 2011

    I lusted so badly after one of these after test driving it in 1982!

    I had a mark 1 Golf GTI that cost me £5700 brand new, the Lancer was £7700, and I just couldn't afford it smile

    So at £7995 now that's 0% depreciation over 30 years laugh

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