TOC Car Tribute is our bimonthly series shout out to all the most awesome and iconic cars that have rocked our world. First up, The Mitsubushi Lancer Evolution.
FASTER & HELLUVA FURIOUS.
Designed for drivers who demand speed and handling above all else, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution makes them feel like they’re riding in a speeding rocket thrusting out to space.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (Mitsubishi Evolution or Evo), is a car that vroomed straight out from Japan, capturing the imagination of speed freaks in the western hemisphere. (Its popularity was already bursting through the roof – thanks to Gran Turismo, ‘Fast & Furious’ Paul Walker, and the World Rally Championship.)
Introduced in Japan in 1992, the first Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was a compact sports sedan that inherited the larger 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive system from the Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 rally car. Think of it as ‘small car gets big engine’ and some go-fast goodies.
Since its inception, the Mitsubishi Evolution has progressed through ten versions in over two decades. Massively fortified from the base of its windshield all the way to its suspension attachment points using extra spot welds and intensive steel bracing, the soughtafter Evo VIII – ‘the greatest Mitsubishi Evo experience’ – was an all-weather, hyper-solid, supercar-slayer that could rocket out to 60mph in 5.1 seconds.
So… what makes the Mitsubishi Evolution ‘faster and more furious’?
Straightforward reasons really: the car is as good as it comes off the showroom – the truth is just that! It fuses the right mix of ingredients, honed and improved over many generations (Evolutions, get it?!!). The chassis is extremely stiff, rigidly reinforced from the base Lancer chassis, the tight 13:1 ratio steering, Brembo brakes, and all-aluminum suspension have all been developed specifically for the Evo with extreme performance goals in mind. The car is already potent in stock form, and more than ready to hit the race track, rally circuit or city street. But what makes the car really cool is how well it takes to modifications. What’s uncool is, the Mitsubishi Evolution had to come to an end. No more evolution.
The last-ever, the Final Edition of Japan’s best-ever, all-wheel drive turbo rockets marked the end of the tenth and final generation of the legendary car. Powertrains include a 303-hp 2.0-liter turbo four with a five-speed manual as well as a six-speed dual-clutch automatic model – only 1600 units were produced and they come with 18″ ENKEI dark alloy wheels, red-stitched all black interior, black painted aluminum roof and final edition badge. (If you come across one on eBay, beg for a bank loan and BUY IT!).
Next up in ‘TOC’s Iconic Cars Tribute’: Subaru Impreza WRX.