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Mitsubishi Lancer 2000 EX Turbo (1982 - 1984)

Last updated 1 October 2013

 
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Seriously quick up to 100mph, tail-happy styling, sports car performance with lots of practicality
Laggy, slow off-boost, rusty, parts supply

Introduction

If you think the Mitsubishi Evo is a relatively recent phenomenom, then think again - the Lancer 2000 Turbo was this car's grandfather, a turbo front-runner, and an excellent image booster for its maker. In 1980, second generation Lancer was given a a real shot in the arm following the addition of a turbocharger, as an early homologation special.

Initially the 1.8-litre EX Turbo pushed out 135bhp, but when it came to the UK in 1982, the Lancer Turbo had been bored out to 2-litres and a full 168bhp. The 4G63 engine that powered it would go on to power the legendary Evo models, and score heavily in world rallying. The chiselled ‘80s styling was improved drastically by the full-depth chin spoiler with reverse ‘2000 Turbo’ badging, BMW 2002 style. The 2000 Turbo has become a performance icon for lovers of Oriental classics - but there aren't many left!

 

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