Common Name: Evo VII
Model: Lancer Evolution VII GTA (CT9A)
Engine: I4 DOHC (4G63 Turbocharged And Intercooled)
Horsepower: 268 hp / 6500 rpm
Torque: 35 kgm / 3000 rpm
Dimensions: 4455 mm x 1770 mm x 1450 mm
Wheelbase: 2625 mm
Weight: 1480 kg
Model Number: 034
Made In: China
The introduction of the Evolution VII also marked the first time an automatic drivetrain was included within the model lineup – the GT-A. Seen as the ‘gentleman’s express’ version of the visually similar VII GSR, the GT-A model was only produced in 2002 and had the following distinguishing interior and exterior specification: GT-A-only diamond cut finish 17-inch (430mm) alloy wheels, clear rear light lenses and all-in-one style front headlights (later used on the Evolution VIII). The GT-A had the option of either no spoiler, the short spoiler (as later used on the Evolution VIII 260) or the thunderspoiler as used on the standard Evolution VII models. The most distinguishing feature was a smooth bonnet with no air-grills on it at all. Although offering inferior cooling capabilities, the bonnet was designed to give a cleaner line through the air with less air resistance at motorway speeds.
Interior could be specified with factory options of a deluxe velour interior, full leather or the Recaro sports seats. The GT-A interior was different in that it had chromed door handles, a different instrument panel (to show the gear selection) and chrome edged bezels around the speedo and tach. The GT-A also had additional sound deadening installed from the factory and the engine manifold and downpipe had been engineered to be quieter.
The 5-speed automatic gearbox had what Mitsubishi called “fuzzy logic”, which meant that the car would learn what the driver’s driving characteristics were like and would adapt the gear change timings and kick down reactions accordingly. The gears could be manually selected as with most tiptronics via steering wheel + and – buttons (a pair both sides) or via selecting the tiptronic gate with the gear lever. Power was down a little from the standard manual cars with a very usable 272bhp (203kW).