Lancer Evolution

1992

Lancer Evolution

The Lancer Evolution was launched in October 1992 . WRC events at the time were mostly contested by FIA Group A (modified production models) cars, homologation for which required an annual production volume of at least 2,500 units. To make the Lancer Evolution truly competitive, Mitsubishi Motors took the lightweight and compact Lancer and powered it using the 4G63-type intercooler turbo engine delivering torque through the fulltime 4WD system with viscous coupling center differential proven in the sixth-generation Galant VR-4. The engine was modified to produce 250 PS, an extra 10 PS. Body rigidity was increased with strategic reinforcements while reducing weight through adopting an aluminum engine hood and other weight reduction measures. The suspension was optimized chiefly by boosting rigidity. Aerodynamic performance was addressed through the use of large openings in the front bumper and an oversize rear spoiler. Packaging the high level of driving dynamics in a car based on a rally machine, the Lancer Evolution was available with Recaro sport seats and a MOMO steering wheel. The initial 2,500 production run for homologation purposes sold out within days of its launch.

Overall length 4310 mm
Overall width 1695 mm
Overall height 1395 mm
Engines 2.0 L turbo