November 6, 2003
Mitsubishi shows lightweight, decontented Lancer Evolution RS
Cypress, California – Mitsubishi unveiled a lighter version of the turbocharged Lancer Evolution with less standard equipment and improved performance.
“Lancer Evolution RS reflects the essence of high-performance value,” said Finbarr O’Neill, co-chairman and chief executive officer of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA). “We’ve boiled the cost-per-thrill ratio down to its lowest conceivable point, providing tuners and racing enthusiasts with more of what they need, and less of what they don’t.”
To achieve a curb weight lower than the Lancer Evolution, the Evolution RS sheds several non-essential items. Most notable from outside, the RS is not bedecked with the Lancer Evolution’s distinctive rear wing spoiler. The high-intensity discharge headlights also were deleted, as was the rear window wiper. Inside, RS drivers must make do without an air conditioning system or an AM/FM/CD audio system. There are no power mechanisms for the windows, locks, or side mirrors. Trunk compartment trim has been removed, as have vanity mirrors, rear assist grips, map lamps, and the parking brake lever’s leather covering. An antilock brake system is not available.
The Lancer Evolution RS tips the scales nearly 68 kilograms (150 pounds) lighter than the Lancer Evolution. Its featherweight status notwithstanding, the RS has also been blessed with quicker reflexes: a front helical-type limited slip differential and a rear crossbar help to improve the handling.