The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution: Leaving a Legend

With the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution days numbered, we decided to take ride down memory lane. Check out how the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has evolved over the years.

First Mitsubishi Lancer

1973 Mitsubishi 1600 GSR: The Mitsubishi Lancer made its debut in 1973, offering three sub 100 hp engines and three body styles, all designed to compete with similar economy cars. Mitsubishi also built the rear drive, 1.6L twin-mikuni GSR coupe, which in rally specification made 169 lively horses. In an extraneous Southern Cross Rally, held in New South Wales, Australia, Andrew Cowan steered the Lancer to five straight victories.

1983 Mitsubishi Lancer 2000EX Turbo: By the mid ’70s and early ’80s, the Lancer started to make its way into North America under the Chrysler umbrella. This was the first Lancer to receive the legendary 4G63T, its 2.0L turbocharged power plant made a healthy 170hp delivered directly to the rear-wheels.

1993 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution I GSR: Through the late 80’s into the 90’s, Mitsubishi’s rallying flag was carried by the Mirage and the Galant. But by 1993, the Lancer got back on top. The Lancer EVO also had a lightweight version, the RS. The RS lost power amenities to shave weight down to 2575 lbs, and came rolling on steelies, ready to be turned up for the competition.

1995 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution III: In 1995 the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution really did evolve. Mitsubishi enhanced the mean machine with nips and tucks including better aerodynamics and power levels up to 270 hp.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV

1996 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV: The Mitsubishi EVO IV can easily be spotted by its iconic front fog lamps. Twin-scroll turbo technology reduced lag and beefed up the low-end torque, but the real development was found in the new active yaw control.

2001 Mitsubishi Lancer VI GSR: For the Mitsubishi Lancer VI GSR, Mitsubishi added a clutch-type center differential to the active yaw control and dubbed the system ALL Wheel Control. Drivers could choose from three separate settings depending on road conditions, changing the was onboard systems doled out the power.

EVO VIII FQ

2005 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VII FQ-400: This EVO cranks out 202 hp per liter, the British-tuned FQ stands as one of the highest output per liter production cars ever made. At a price point of over $86,000, it is also one of the most expensive lancers ever made.

2013 Misubishi Lancer Evolution X MR (USDM): Equipped with a six-speed dual clutch, weighing more, and marking the retirement of the legendary 4G63, this EVO was welcomed with open arms to the Mitsubishi family. It was also equipped with full package yaw control, active center differential and Super All Wheel Control, the tenth EVO was less raw, but still handled like a beast.

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