The Mitsubishi Evo, colloquial term for Evolution, was born because of the ambition of Mitsubishi to enter the World Rally Championship's Group A class and SCCA Pro Rally Championship. It was formerly the flagship sports car model and was based on the Mitsubishi Lancer platform but shares no parts with the Lancer. The first production of the Evo was made in September 1992 and produced 5000 units in order to meet WRC's Group A requirement up to December 1993. The first production of the Evo was intended for the Japanese market alone but with different demands in different raised the market of the Mitsubishi Evolution in Europe with Evo V-VI. The United States tastes their first Evolution in 2003 with the eight-generation Evo.
Every Evo was provided by the VR-4 parts like the stout iron-blocked turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC 4G63 engine. The first Evo had the lighter crankshaft, higher compression pistons, new connecting rods, plus new port geometry, producing an output of up to 228 lb-ft at 3000 rpm and 247 hp at 6000 rpm. Suspension was composed of MacPherson front struts and a multi-link rear, with pillow-ball mounts. The body was fortified to withstand the rigors of rally use therefore adding weight to the vehicle. It was offset by removing the undercoating of the Evo RS up to Evo V.
The Evolution II was built in December 1993, immediately after the first Evo. It had a longer wheelbase from the previews model with /60-15; up from 195/55-15 tires. The front air dam and additional rear spoiler support improved vehicle stability at higher speeds were added. The production lasted for more than a year and soon was replaced by a more powerful Evo III. This Evo was powered by a 266 hp engine, with 228 lb-ft torque. The wheels were replaced with a more suitable 68mm 16G6 and improvement on exhaust and engines were made.
The Evo IV was introduced in August of 1996 and quickly gained popularity. The Evo now rated with 276 hp at 6500 rpm with peak torque of 260 lb-ft at 3000 rpm. Evo V was introduced in January 1998 and still raced on the. Evo IV created more improvements. The Evo VII raced on the new World Rally Car class. The Evo VII is now powered with a 2.0L 340 hp engine. The new Evo IX is now out in the market with better racing features and more powerful engine.