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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III

Evo III

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV

Evo IV

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V

Evo V

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Makinen Edition

Evo VI

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII

Evo VII

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, colloquially known as the Evo or Lan Evo is a high-performance sedan manufactured by Mitsubishi. There have been ten official versions to date, and the designation of each model is most commonly a roman numeral. All use two liter, turbocharged engines and four-wheel drive systems.

The Evolution was originally intended only for Japanese markets, but demand on the "grey import" market led the Evolution series to be offered through Ralliart dealer networks in the United Kingdom and in various European markets from around 1998. Mitsubishi decided to export the eighth generation Evolution to the United States in 2003 after witnessing the success Subaru had in that market with their long-time direct rival, the Subaru Impreza WRX STi.

Japanese-spec cars were limited by a gentlemen's agreement to advertise no more than 280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp), a mark already reached by Evolution IV. Therefore, each subsequent version has unofficially evolved above the advertised power figures, with the Japanese-spec Evolution IX (CT9A) reaching an alleged output of around 321 PS (236 kW; 317 hp). Various versions available in other markets, particularly the UK, have official power outputs up to 446 PS (328 kW; 440 hp).

The tenth and final generation of the Lancer Evolution (CZ4A) was launched in Japan 2007, and overseas markets in 2008. Production ceased by end of March 2016, and the car-maker has chosen to focus on vehicles that incorporate electric technology. A "Final Edition" was offered with special production number badges.

Evo III CE9A

Specs

  • Engine Name: 4G63T
  • Engine Type: I4 DOHC
  • Max power: 310/350 hp / 6250 rev / min (stock: 270 hp)
  • Maximum torque: 34.8 kgm / 3000 rev / min
  • Displacement: 1997 cc
  • Drivetrain: 4WD
  • Aspiration: Turbo
  • Length: 4310 mm
  • Height: 1420 mm
  • Width: 1695 mm
  • Weight: 1300 kg
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission
  • Accessories (Kyoichi Sudo): custom head gasket, high flow turbine housing, anti-lag system, boost controller, boost gauge, Recaro seats.

Evo IV CN9A

Specs

  • Engine Name: 4G63T
  • Engine Type: I4 DOHC, turbocharged and intercooled
  • Max power: 300 hp / 6500 rev / min (previous 276hp)
  • Maximum torque: 37.3 kgm / 3000 rev / min
  • Displacement: 1997 cc
  • Drivetrain: 4WD
  • Aspiration: Turbo
  • Length: 4330 mm
  • Height: 1415 mm
  • Width: 1690 mm
  • Weight: 1400 kg
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission

Mitsubishi introduced Active Yaw Control with the Evo IV which was incorporated into the GSR model but left out of the more pure track oriented RS version. Another new piece of engineering that was introduced in the Evo IV was the twin scroll turbocharger which aided in the speed of power delivery.

Evo V CP9A

Specifications

  • Engine Name: 4G63T
  • Engine: I4 DOHC
  • Max power: 295 hp / 6500 rev / min
  • Displacement: 1997 cc
  • Drivetrain: 4WD
  • Aspiration: Turbo
  • Length: 4350 mm
  • Height: 1415 mm
  • Width: 1770 mm
  • Weight: 1260 kg
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual
  • Accessories (Man in Evo V): Volk Racing TE37 (bronze) wheels

Evo VI CP9A

Specs

  • Engine Name: 4G63T
  • Engine: I4 DOHC
  • Max power: 280 hp / 6500 rev / min
  • Max Torque: 38 kgm / 3000 rev / min
  • Displacement: 1997 cc
  • Drivetrain: 4WD
  • Aspiration: Turbo
  • Length: 4350 mm
  • Height: 1415 mm
  • Width: 1770 mm
  • Weight: 1280 kg
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual transmission
  • Accessories (Man in Evo VI): Rear spoiler removed
  • This generation of the Evo was the first to have the license plate on the right (below the left headlight and adjacent to the left fog lamp).

Evo VII CT9A

Technical Specs (factory stock)

  • Engine Name: 4G63T
  • Engine Type: Inline-4 DOHC, 16V, turbocharged and intercooled
  • Maximum power: 300hp/6500rpm
  • Maximum torque: 385 Nm/3000rpm
  • Displacement: 1997 cc
  • Drivetrain: 4WD
  • Aspiration: Turbo
  • Length: 4445 mm
  • Height: 1450 mm
  • Width: 1770 mm
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual
  • Accessories (Kobayakawa): C-West N1 front bumper with front canards + Creative Sports body spoilers (with Voltex GT wing and Creative Sports hood), Racing Hart CP035 (gunmetal) wheels, Ganador mirrors, C-West painted carbon trunk

Weakness

  • Kyoichi Sudo's Evo III has two weaknesses. The first is turning right onto oncoming traffic (a personal problem), and the second one is that the car is relatively heavy - which means it understeers and is difficult to get into a drift. It also has quite severe turbo lag at low speeds.
  • The Man in Evo VI has one weakness: Braking.

Notes

  • Kyoichi's Evo simply features the addition of a "misfiring system"
  • Seiji's Evo simply features Evo IV GSR wheels and a Monster Sports bonnet sticker
  • The Man in Evo V simply has his Evo equipped with Volk TE37 wheels
  • The Man in Evo VI uses the Tommi Makinen Limited Edition model of his Evo with its rear spoiler removed
  • Kobayakawa's Evo features a C-West front bumper with N1-spec front canards, a Creative Sports side skirt and rear under spoiler set, a Voltex Type-4 GT Wing, Ganador side mirrors, Racing Hart wheels, a Creative Sports aero bonnet, and a C-West carbon trunk painted in factory Sunflower Yellow.