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Mitsubishi Pajero Evo

Mitsubishi Pajero Evo

The Paris-Dakar Rally runs each year from France to Africa, across deserts and extreme rough terrain. Cars built for it need to have a rugged 4WD, loads of space for supplies, but most of all they have to be fast and reliable. Mitsubishi launched their Pajero Evo in 1997 to compete in the rally and immediately scored a 1-2-3 win, proving it wasn't a fluke by doing the same in 1998. The Pajero uses a very strong ladder frame chassis with thick crossmembers, and up front features a double wishbones independent, while at the rear a live axle sits on coil springs. The 4WD system can switch to 2WD at speeds up to 60mph (96km/h). The 215ci (3.5-liter) all-alloy engine has four valves per cylinder and uses Mitsubishi's MIVEC system which electronically changes the valve timing. The huge fenders came from the rally-winning machine and covered 10-inch (254mm) wide tyres.

Mitsubishi Pajero Evo Specifications

Top speed:125 mph (200 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):8.0 sec
Engine type:V6
Displacement:213 ci (3,497 cc)
Transmission:5-speed semi-auto
Max power:280 bhp (209 kW) @ 6,500 rpm
Max torque:256 lb ft (347 Nm) @ 3,500 rpm
Weight:4,370 lb (1,986 kg)
Economy:19 mpg (6.7 km/I)
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