Ten cars are
available in Italy, all of them are red coloured with bands on the entire body side, so that to see them around is a bit
difficult. The difference
between EVO VI RS2 and the EVO VI Tommi Mäkinen RS2 versions are mainly on the style of
the cockpit; seats and the match of colours are particulary refined, so is the colour of
the instrumentations red on black field, but this is not all....
Brakes, for the first time are equipped with ABS in
RS2 version. In this version there is a new sport muffler
that reduce the exhaust pressure losses and noise.
Looking at the
car, on the whole, a person will distinguish wheels (Enkei 17x7,5JJ, model WTE II light
alloy) which will appear different from the former model, but it is not so!
The dampers have
been improved to use the car on tarmac, now the strut are inverted, the springs are
shortened of 10 mm and the fuel tank reservoir cup is modified to maintain the draft under
high-G cornering. Aerodynamics
in the anterior bumper has been completely renewed so that the suction of the engine is
easier (through the left side piping).
In the engine
compartment a few items are changed: the turbo has been quickened with the optimized
compressor wheel size and blade configuration (cold side). Now the maximum torque (over 38
Kg-m) is available from 2750 rpm. The heavy blow of the torque continues without
diminishing from 2600 rpm to 5500 rpm (the torque diagram remains flat, it's a limitation
of ECU). The max power is not of 280 HP but almost 300 HP (declared 280 HP for japanese
law which does not permit more power): the Shell V-Power fuel will allow you to run over
300 HP. The maximum speed is 265 Km/h to rev limiter (7800 rpm) not bad for a rally car
with a 5° short gear. Just to finish, the engine has a new system of oil cooling.
We find a oil
sump made stronger with double plate. The engineering
of Mitsubishi changed the rear differential that now is "active" (AYC Active
Yaw Control) this helps to
maintain the stability of the car even on bends held at high speed, giving a hand to the
driver to control the oversteering or understeering without sacrificing the traction.
structure of EVO VI TME was reinforced in 14 strategic points to increase the stiffness of