The eighth-generation Evo was introduced to the North American market early in 2003 and out-of-the-box stock, the car's turbocharged 2.0-liter engine produces 271 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 273 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 revs. K&N Engineering adds even more excitement thanks to a new Typhoon® short-ram-style intake system (PN# 69-6543) for the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution with the 2.0 liter engine. Unveiled at the 2003 International Auto Salon, K&N's Evo VIII system has the fine features performance fans have come to know and covet in the Typhoon® induction line. By replacing the restrictive OE air box and tract, the Evo short-ram-style Typhoon® unleashes power by feeding a greater volume of cooler, denser air to the twin-scroll turbocharger. Testing on K&N's in-house Twin 248 Dynojet AWD dynamometer shows an average gain of 14 horsepower at the Evo's wheels.
Like the rest of K&N's Typhoon® Intake Systems, the Evo kit uses free-flowing, mandrel-bent, 6061 aluminum induction tubing, available in four finishes (polished and red, blue and silver powdercoat). The kit's mounting brackets are powdercoated black, and its no-drilling installation uses stainless-steel hardware. Even the induction tube's clamps are stainless, so they resist corrosion while supplying the necessary clamping force. To help absorb engine vibration, couplings are made of high-quality, silicone hose, which remains flexible under extreme temperatures. Further, the Evo VIII Typhoon® system's mass-airflow adapter plate is made from that sensor's same Grivory (glass-reinforced nylon) material for a factory look.
All K&N Typhoon Intake Kits begin with the company's famous FilterCharger® air filter. Made of multiple layers of oil-impregnated cotton sandwiched between epoxy-coated aluminum wire mesh, this conical filter can be cleaned and re-oiled with a K&N Recharger Kit (sold separately) for years of use. K&N caps the Evo FilterCharger® with a carbon-fiber top. This system also boasts a carbon-fiber heat shield (crafted in K&N's in-house advanced composites shop), which mounts directly to the Evo's air scoop, and prevents ingestion of heated air from the turbo manifold. K&N's Typhoon intake system for the Evo VIII is covered under CARB EO# D-269-27.
For additional information, please contact K&N Engineering, Inc., P.O. Box 1329, Riverside, CA 92502-1329, (800) 213-4182 for a dealer near you, (800) 858-3333 for technical service/questions, (951) 826-4001 Fax, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.knfilters.com.
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