Import Tuner: ’06 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX – A Little Northwest Love
Rob first took possession of his IX five years ago, in stock form as you might guess. The track-inspired build starts off with a full body treatment courtesy of Varis Japan with the Version 09 kit, including a very rare set of extended carbon-fiber side sills. The Lexus White exterior paint is accented by a nice array of carbon-fiber parts, most immediately noticeable being the Seibon doorskins, CWII-style hood, and trunk. Rob credits Bel-Kirk Body Shop for making the entire body treatment fit so well, widening the rear fenders flawlessly, and laying down a beautiful paintjob, complete with red pinstripe accents on the hood and rear wing.
The red theme is carried onto the wheels, a set of Advan RSDs sized at 18×10 with a +25mm offset all around. The Evo IX is a very well-balanced car to start with, so these relatively simple modifications go nicely with the street-track theme of the car. Bottom line, it’s functional.
Inside the IX, you are greeted again by red accents and track-inspired style as far as the eye can see. A custom-finished Autopower rollcage is in place for safety (and style) purposes, and the full Bride treatment has been given to the front and rear, with Maziora-backed Gias stealing the spotlight.
A track-inspired build would be nothing if it was purely aesthetic, but don’t worry, Rob’s IX has plenty of actual punch to back up all the fast-looking parts. Good for about 590 all-wheel horsepower, the Evo sports a stroked and punched out 2.4L 4G64, fully built of course, and force-fed by a Forced Performance ball bearing “Black” twin-scroll turbocharger. A JM Fabrications-coated manifold expels hot gases through a 3-inch Tomei exhaust, and the note the IX puts out is simply amazing. A Nitrous Express kit is in place for additional power, not that it’s really lacking in that department to begin with. Since the time of our photo shoot, Rob has upgraded the turbo setup further, in hopes of making more smooth power for next season when he plans to track the car.
While it’s all nice and good to list all the parts on a car, the thing that is most interesting is how they come together and affect how the car drives. When asked when the car would find its way to a track, Rob had two main reasons why it hasn’t already. The first reason being that the car is never “done” in his mind, which is something we can all relate to. Second is the fear of an off-track excursion causing damage to the rare and expensive body parts, which we can also understand. But Rob is definitely interested in putting in some work with the car next season, and we’re glad to hear that. The overall build quality is top notch. Rob didn’t hold back any punches here with this beautiful Evo, so it would be a shame to not put it to use.
Behind The Build
Name: Rob Kothenbeutel
Hometown: Renton, WA
Build Time: 5 years and Counting
2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
591 whp/475 lb-ft of torque
Mitsubishi 4G64 2.4L stroker block; Wiseco 1400HD 9.0:1 pistons; MAP Performance ultimate duty 156mm “long rod” steel connecting rods (long rod 156mm), ultimate Duty Head studs, Mivec feed solution, water pump adapter plate, custom coated one-piece 3.5-inch downpipe with open dump tube; ARP main studs; Balance shaft delete; ACL main and rod bearings; Ported Mivec head; Cosworth M3 Camshafts; Supertech dual titanium valvesprings and retainers; AEM adjustable exhaust cam gear; English racing Mivec gear mod for increased movement with 4G64 block…
TRE Stage 3 five-speed transmission; HKS 4.11 final drive; shot-peened/cryo-treated gears; Torque Solutions motor mount set; Exedy twin disc clutch; STM one-piece braided clutch line; B&G short shifter; Solid shifter base bushings, shifter cable bushings
Tein Flex coilovers with EDFC; DC Sports titanium strut bar (front/rear); Carbing six-point ladder brace; Whiteline 24mm sway bar (front); Perrin 26mm adjustable sway bar (rear); Cusco front member power brace; Energy Suspension master bushing kit; corner balanced
Advan RS-D 18×10 +25mm wheels, powdercoated red (front/rear); Falken Azenis RT615K 265/35R18 tires (front/rear)
Varis Version 09 full body kit (front bumper with carbon lip, carbon super canards, carbon oil cooler duct, side skirts with carbon super runners, 10mm wide fenders with carbon diffusers (front), three-piece carbon diffuser (rear); 1,450mm Euro GT carbon wing, carbon exhaust heat shield; JDM rear bumper, Evo VIII MR headlights, taillights, amber turn signals; Seibon carbon-fiber doors, trunk (painted), CWII custom painted hood; rear quarter-panels cut and pulled 1 inch (rear); carbon-fiber overlaid roof; APR carbon-fiber GT3 mirrors; Nagisa Auto GT towhooks (front); Lexus Glacier Frost Mica paint with BASF base and four coats Glasurit clearcoat
Find more EVO IX parts here: http://seiboncarbon.com/store/products.html?make=188&model=426&year=375