Like most Singaporeans, I love sedans more than other body styles. Yes. I know most of the younger generation like hatches now, so yup, you can call me old. Oh well.
We all know Evos, which is also called the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution in full, are fast and effective as a weapon for the road. No doubt assisted by its complex all-wheel drive drivetrain and turbocharged 2.0-litre engine.
Recently, a good friend of mine told me he knew of a nicely done up Evo 9, so with me loving Evos, I paid a visit to Playtune Performance's Evo 9 GSR...
Bronze Volk Racing RE-30 rims sitting nicely flushed with the body while Toyo R888s tires make sure the car holds onto its cornering lines well on the track.
Project MU rotors and Biltz MR-VS brake pads provide the necessary braking power.
Varis carbon lip enhances the car's look while also providing some additonal downforce for the front.
Tougher looking Apexi N1 exhaust system makes sure back pressure is reduced.
Moving inside, it is clear the owner only means business. Everything additional was there for a reason. A full carbon print interior impressed me! Overall, a nice and neat cabin.
Surprisingly, the steering remained stock. I was expecting some Nardi or OMP.
GReddy Profec boost controller made sure boost stayed at 1.4bar during this shoot. We hear it can go up to 2.0bar for maximum attack. Yummy.
Defi BF gauges provide the necessary info when driving hard.
Another look at the Carbon print on the dash.
Air fuel ratio another useful number to keep an eye out for.
Car gets going very fast once needle passes 4,000rpm.
Now the interesting part...Headline figures are 528bhp and 672Nm of torque. All thanks to a 2.3-litre stroker kit plus other parts from Tomei. Walbro 255L fuel pump, SARD fuel regulator plus RC 850cc injectors provide the correct amount of fuel for the engine. Cosworth inlet and exhaust valves plus stage 3 high cam shafts feature also. Of course, the engine block has also been bored and its cylinder head skimmed, ported and polished to squeeze more out from the engine.
Garrett GT 3071R here looking impressive!
Koyorad intercooler for this Evo9.
Battery has been shifted to the back to make sure weight distribution is more equal. Love the attention to detail.
Surprised to see a 12-litre STi water tank here in the boot which is used to cool the intercooler.
This is probably the only major standard part that has not been changed but of course owner plans to get this rectified with a better coilover system and lower arms for leisure track work.
Much thought and effort has been put into improving his car and with the help of Playtune Performance, this Evo has turned into one well-balanced street ride.
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