The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution marketed as the Evolution I or the Evo I was released in 1992 fitted with an AWD drivetrain from the Mitsubishi Galant VR-4. The Evo I was powered by the same engine used by the Mitsubishi RVR and the Mitsubishi Chariot Resort Runner GT.
The revamped Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution II was released in 1993 complete with better internal and exterior adjustments. After two years, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation released the Evolution III in 1995.
The refreshed version received a more aggressive exterior and an improved engine that can emit 270 horsepower with 309 Newton meters of torque. From its fourth generation to its final edition, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution received several upgrades that established itself as one of the most acclaimed competitive cars in the World Rally Championship. Mitsubishi has stopped production of the Lancer as it shifts its focus in manufacturing crossovers and SUVs.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution measures 4,510mm long, 1,810mm wide, and 1,480mm tall. It features a sporty body detailed with the iconic black air vents in the bonnet and front fenders. Notable exterior highlights include a pair of HID headlamps with adaptive front lighting system, fog lamps, color-coded air vents, chrome-colored grille surround and beltline moulding, large aluminum rear spoiler, dual chrome-colored tailpipes, body-colored door handles and power side mirrors, privacy glass, and large air dam on the side. Complementing its mighty stance is a set of 18-inch ENKEI or BBS forged aluminum wheels depending on the variant.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo offers a spacious cabin courtesy of its 2,650mm wheelbase. Interior highlights include the RECARO front seats with recline and heater function, leather-wrapped sports-type steering wheel with phone and audio controls, leather-wrapped gear shift knob, aluminum pedals, automatic air conditioning system, and a multi-information display.
Technology & Safety Features
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is built with a Rockford Fosgate Premium Audio System with nine speakers and the Mitsubishi Multi-Communication System with Satellite navigation.
In terms of safety, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo is built using a Reinforced Safety Evolution (RISE) body. It is equipped with a generous number of SRS airbags, immobilizer, cruise control, and more.
Platform & Chassis
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution utilized the CZ4A platform. It is fitted with an inverted front McPherson strut suspension and a multi-link rear suspension with a monotube shock absorber.
Engine & Drivetrain
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is a front-engine, all-wheel-drive vehicle. Both variants run using a 2.0-liter DOHC Turbocharged MIVEC engine paired with either a five-speed manual or a twin-clutch sport shift transmission guaranteed to produce 291 horsepower with 366 Newton meters of torque.