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3| Mitsubishi 4G63T

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Example of a the Mitsubishi 4G63T engine

Before the import revolution took flight in the USA, Mitsubishi had already poised itself with the release of its turbocharged 4G63T engine. First available in the Galant VR-4 in 1988, the 4G63T appeared in the first and second generation Eclipse and Eagle Talon, along with the rally and road course focused Lancer Evolutions 1 through 9. With each evolution of the engine, newer technology and more factory horsepower were realized. The high flowing aluminum head and stout iron block form the foundation for power production with some examples exceeding 1,000 horsepower. Once the import performance revolution began, one of the fiercest rivalries occurred between the masses of turbocharged Honda B-series and the FWD and AWD DSM contenders. These battles raged on both the street and the strip with mixed victories across the board. Although outnumbered, the DSMs maintained their ground. The 4G63T enjoyed nearly two decades of production with just as many or more years of aftermarket development and support. Even five years after the last 4G63T engine was dropped into an EVO IX engine bay, the aftermarket continues to support this mill with internals and ancillary equipment. Like Honda’s B and K series engines, the 4G63’s head and block were interchangeable with its longer-stroke sibling, the 4G64. These combinations yielded displacement increases of up to 2.4 liters.


What’s Hot:Example of a the Mitsubishi 4G63T engine

• Strong iron block can handle 1,000+ whp • Years of evolving technical upgrades including MIVEC • Nearly 20 years of aftermarket parts development • Extremely reliable • High-flowing cylinder headExample of a the Mitsubishi 4G63T engine

What’s Not:

• Heavier than an all-aluminum 4-cylinder engine • 7-bolt engines have narrower journals and are not as strong as 6-bolt engines • Hydraulic valvetrain can fail with improperly ground camshafts • Unnecessary balance shafts      


Manufacturer: Mitsubishi
Years In Production: 1987-2006
Engine Code: 4G63T
Displacement (cc): 1,998cc
Bore & Stroke (mm): 85mm x 88mm
Peak Horsepower (@ RPM): 286 bhp (EVO IX)
Peak Torque (@ RPM): 289 lb-ft (EVO IX)
Block Material: Iron
Head Material: Aluminum
Compression Ratio: 8.8:1
Camshafts: 256-degree (IN), 248-degree (EX)
Valves / Springs / Retainers: 16 Valves, Hydraulic Lifters
Throttle Body: Single
Fuel Injectors: Top Feed, Low Impedance, 560 cc/min (x4)
Ignition System: Distributor, Wasted Spark Coils, Coil-on-plug
Applications: 1990-1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse, Plymouth Laser, Eagle Talon (D27A)
1995-1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse, Eagle Talon (D32A)
1992-1993 Mitsubishi Evolution I (CD9A)
1994-1995 Mitsubishi Evolution II (CE9A)
1995-1996 Mitsubishi Evolution III (CE9A)
1996-1998 Mitsubishi Evolution IV (CN9A)
1998 Mitsubishi Evolution V (CP9A)
1999-2001 Mitsubishi Evolution VI (CP9A)
2001-2003 Mitsubishi Evolution VII (CT9A)
2003-2005 Mitsubishi Evolution VIII (CT9A)
2006 Mitsubishi Evolution IX (CT9A)

2 thoughts on “Top Ten Engines | Inside The Engines That Powered An Industry

  1. WelDun1 says:

    Definitely have to disagree with the list…

    1) 4G63T
    2) 2JZ-GTE
    3) RB26DETT (better as RB26DET)
    4) SR20DET
    5) 13B-REW
    6) EJ257
    7) VR38DETT
    8) B18C1/5 & B16A
    9) K series
    10) F20C & F22C

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