Introduced in 2006, the Evo IX was the final 4G63-powered Lancer Evolution. Featuring MIVEC (variable valve timing), the IX was dyno-proven to put down significantly more horsepower and torque than the Evo VIII, even though the factory power rating wasn't much higher (286 bhp and 289 lb-ft of torque). The MR was still the model to own, and kept all the nice extras from the Evo VIII MR; the 6-speed transmission allows the MR to reach a top speed of 165 mph at 7,000 rpm. The front bumper on the IX features two small oval ducts, one of which directs cool air onto the intercooler piping, while the rear bumper incorporates a diffuser underneath to smooth airflow. All three trim levels come from the factory with a front and rear LSD, as well as the ACD (Active Center Differential).
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