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RE: Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution: Spotted

Wednesday 6th December

Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution: Spotted

Lamborghini what? Bentley who? The original 'Super Sport Utility Vehicle' was a Mitsubishi.



In the last 48 hours alone we've written about the launch of the Lamborghini Urus, driven Alfa's new Stelvio Quadrifoglio, and reported on the imminent arrival of a 707hp Jeep on UK shores. None of those can hold a candle to today's Spotted though, an off-road vehicle with genuine sporting pedigree.


Back before the buying public became consumed by the notion that they might one day need to ford an active lava flow whilst on the school run, or summit Ben Nevis on the way back from the shops, performance SUVs were few and far between. There were a few noteworthy examples of course, like Lamborghini's LM002 and Overfinch's fettled Range Rovers. But where the Lambo might have started life as a military vehicle, and Overfinch's offerings may have been able to trace their heritage back to a Schuler-equipped Dakar winner, the Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution had much more direct off-road performance cred.

Just 2,500 were built to homologate the Pajero for the Dakar Rally, and a good thing too, going on as it did to win the gruelling race in both 1997 and 1998. In fact it was so dominant that in 1998 Pajeros came first, second and third, finishing five hours ahead of even the 'superior' T3-class competition. It could be said, then, that the Pajero Evo has as much claim to be a 'racecar for the road' as Ford's latest GT, and you won't get in nearly as much trouble if you need to sell it...


Not that you'll want to, of course. The PajEvo being powered by a 3.5-litre V6, putting out 280hp and 257lb ft of torque and propelling it to 60mph in just eight seconds. Underneath it has independent multi-link suspension, uprated dampers and diffs, and a track widened by as much as 125mm. Which brings us to those wheel arches. Just look at them. This is what a performance SUV should look like, and they didn't even need to worry about where to place the rear door handle.

This particular car seems to be a rather good example too. It comes with only 52,000 miles on the clock, and a desirable manual gearbox, with touches like Recaro seats and those Ralliart mudflaps only adding to the drama of the thing. For £15,000 you're unlikely to find any other homologation special as successful or as rare and, let's be honest, if you were ever to pull up next to a Urus at the lights, there'd be no doubt as to which of you had made the cooler purchase.


SPECIFICATION - MITSUBISHI PAJERO EVO

Engine: 3,497cc, 24v V6 
Transmission: 5-speed auto, four-wheel drive 
Power (hp): 280@6,500rpm
Torque (lb ft): 257@3,000rpm
MPG: N/A
CO2: N/A
First registered: 1999
Recorded mileage: 52,000 miles
Price new: N/A
Yours for: £15,000

See the original advert here





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WCZ

Original Poster:

4,735 posts

118 months

Wednesday 6th December
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love these, there's a couple of owners here!

3 for sale on PH, tempted to go and have a look at one

simon-tigjs

4 posts

21 months

Wednesday 6th December
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Im sorry, I thought it said £15000. Must be something wrong with the decimal point ! or am I missing something here.!

cookie1600

810 posts

85 months

Wednesday 6th December
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Futse

108 posts

109 months

Wednesday 6th December
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simon-tigjs said:
Im sorry, I thought it said £15000. Must be something wrong with the decimal point ! or am I missing something here.!
Yes, you are missing something here...

si_xsi

851 posts

119 months

Wednesday 6th December
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Shonky old Shogun with nasty Plastic interior with a mildly breathed on 3.5 V6. Would rather spend £5k more on an Overfinch Range Rover Classic.
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ahenners

191 posts

50 months

Wednesday 6th December
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Doesn't "Pajero" mean w***er? Or was that one of those legend myths of the internet...

Gary29

701 posts

23 months

Wednesday 6th December
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Love it! I'm no where near rich enough to blow £15K on one though.

Truckosaurus

6,086 posts

208 months

Wednesday 6th December
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My mate had one at the turn of the century. Was very amusing.

280bhp isn't so exciting these days though.

Could you get the cooking Shogun with a V6 and a manual gearbox?

otolith

34,524 posts

128 months

Wednesday 6th December
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ahenners said:
Doesn't "Pajero" mean w***er? Or was that one of those legend myths of the internet...
http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/pajero

cookie1600

810 posts

85 months

Wednesday 6th December
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But pajero in Spanish is also a common term of abuse, usually translated as "w@nker" or "to55er", thus perhaps why alternative names have been used for many markets. It is known as the Mitsubishi Montero (meaning "mountain hunter") in the Americas (except Brazil and Jamaica), and Spain, while in the United Kingdom it is known as the Mitsubishi Shogun

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_Pajero

sbk1972

4 posts

Wednesday 6th December
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I had one of these back in 2002 / 2004. Was a cool looking truck for the time but wasn't really that impressed with the speed. Ive had many Pajero / Shoguns and the build quality wasn't better than those. Mine was an auto and these suffer from slipping and not engaging 3/4 properly. ITs a tiptronic box.. A certain type of g/b fluid needs to be used or all hell break loose.

Fuel wise, well it rank like a pig, which I didn't mind and know, but if it was fast, would of been acceptable but it wasnt. I only had it a year or so then traded it in on a 1996 Twin Turbo Supra, which I keep for over 15 years. A far better car.

I often keep a retro eye on this Evos and nearly all have 60 miles ? Really ? I remember selling my old truck for sale and in 7 years since I sold it it had lost over 30K miles. Most are now clocked so beware.

Currently have a Mercedes AMG Ml55 which is a far better truck than an Evo and only cost me £4K, Buttons compared to an Evo.

For £15K I would rather go for a Ml63.

SBK

mariscalcus

31 posts

69 months

Wednesday 6th December
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si_xsi said:
Shonky old Shogun with nasty Plastic interior with a mildly breathed on 3.5 V6. Would rather spend £5k more on an Overfinch Range Rover Classic.
Says the person whose idea of off-road is a gravel driveway

don logan

2,004 posts

146 months

Wednesday 6th December
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My Mum had one of these when she was 65!

Somehow she saw one on the road and insisted she had to have one, within a month I found a low mile semi official import, picked it up and took it away skiing for 2 weeks the next day, she LOVED it when I got back!

BIRMA

2,173 posts

118 months

Wednesday 6th December
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Wow hasn't the car market gone completely mad price wise. Here's a photo of mine back in 2007 immaculate import 48000 miles on the clock that I paid £7500 for. In it's day it was a fast vehicle.


WCZ

Original Poster:

4,735 posts

118 months

Wednesday 6th December
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sbk1972 said:
I had one of these back in 2002 / 2004. Was a cool looking truck for the time but wasn't really that impressed with the speed. Ive had many Pajero / Shoguns and the build quality wasn't better than those. Mine was an auto and these suffer from slipping and not engaging 3/4 properly. ITs a tiptronic box.. A certain type of g/b fluid needs to be used or all hell break loose.

Fuel wise, well it rank like a pig, which I didn't mind and know, but if it was fast, would of been acceptable but it wasnt. I only had it a year or so then traded it in on a 1996 Twin Turbo Supra, which I keep for over 15 years. A far better car.

I often keep a retro eye on this Evos and nearly all have 60 miles ? Really ? I remember selling my old truck for sale and in 7 years since I sold it it had lost over 30K miles. Most are now clocked so beware.

Currently have a Mercedes AMG Ml55 which is a far better truck than an Evo and only cost me £4K, Buttons compared to an Evo.

For £15K I would rather go for a Ml63.

SBK
can anything done to sort the box out? and surely these are insanely easy to tune to 350/400

MDMA .

3,682 posts

25 months

Wednesday 6th December
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WCZ said:
can anything done to sort the box out? and surely these are insanely easy to tune to 350/400
You'll not get an extra 70/120 bhp out of these unless going down the turbo route. Better with something like this -

https://youtu.be/eLYq5VZP3S8

MDL111

2,015 posts

101 months

Wednesday 6th December
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every time I see these, I want one .... I think they look very cool. I just have no use or space for it.

Evolved

1,612 posts

111 months

Wednesday 6th December
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si_xsi said:
Shonky old Shogun with nasty Plastic interior with a mildly breathed on 3.5 V6. Would rather spend £5k more on an Overfinch Range Rover Classic.
And quickly become bankrupt fixing it. biggrin

Mexman

397 posts

8 months

Wednesday 6th December
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1999 reg junker for £15000
Your having a giraffe.
There are not many 1999 reg cars that are still worth 15k, this certainly isn't.

Edited by Mexman on Wednesday 6th December 18:40

cptsideways

12,396 posts

176 months

Wednesday 6th December
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I've so nearly bought more than one of these over the years but actually never have.

Nearest I got was a viewing for a full rally raid spec one, with two cars worth of spares it was 7K at the time. Needed some minor fettling but was otherwise tidy.