Mitsubishi Lancer tyres
The Lancer is no longer sold in Britain, with imports ending in 2012. Like Woolworths, MFI and Borders bookshops, the car became a victim of the banking crisis and credit crunch which started in 2007. This was no fault of the car itself. Indeed the Lancer was best known in the UK in Evo format (below), widely considered one of the most cost-effective and enjoyable performance sports cars on the market.
In importing the Lancer to the UK, Mitsubishi was battling against a rising tide due to the strength of the Yen and the weakness of Sterling on world currency markets. As Mitsubishi’s UK managing director said in 2012: “We used to sell the Lancer Evo for £30,000 five years ago. Now we’d have to charge nearer £60,000 for the very same car, which the market won’t bear.” With import costs, each new Lancer sold in the UK ended up making its manufacturer no profit at all. At the same time, Mitsubishi was struggling to keep supply at levels to meet fiercely loyal demand in Japan and across Asia. Sadly ending the supply to the UK was, as they say, a ‘no-brainer’.
Availability as both a family saloon and hatchback meant that the Lancer was competing in the white heat of one of the most competitive market sectors. That, with no new models available, means that it is therefore not a particularly common sight on UK roads today. The Evo aside, it has now fallen into the ‘cheap and cheerful’ backwater of the used car market, further evidence of which comes from etyres’ own sales records.
Lancer owners will almost unfailingly concentrate on budget and economy ranges of tyres. Huge numbers of these are available and naturally etyres supplies and fits many of them every week. It’s important to bear in mind that not every budget tyre is the same. Looking at each tyre option’s wet grip rating, shown on each tyre’s label and on this website, should be your guide to choosing between them for your Lancer. A good rating for wet grip translates into increased safety on all road surfaces and reduced stopping distances. The difference between a good budget tyre and a poor one is usually just a few Pounds here or there, so it’s important to get it right.
Yokohama tyres were original equipment for many Lancer models when new. The manufacturer’s Advan Sport tyres were fitted to most Evo models and remain the most popular replacement options for drivers of this high-performance model. Michelin’s Pilot Super Sport range will suit the Evo perfectly, being built for the demands of the most powerful sports cars. However, they are usually priced accordingly. Similar comments apply for Goodyear’s Eagle F1 Asymmetric range. A more common alternative for the Evo comes in the form of Falken’s Ziex range, popular for many Japanese sports models and worth bearing in mind for Evo drivers.