History of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
The Mitsubishi Lancer might have left the market, but it’s leaving quite the mark. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has a storied past, full of style and performance.
The racing seed was planted early in Mitsubishi’s history. The Lancer’s debut in 1973 came with three sub-100 horsepower engines and three body styles. All were designed to compete with similar economy cars from both Datsun and Toyota. But it got more exciting from there.
1993 was the year Lancer came back again to make history in the racing game. The very first Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was born, outputting an impressive 244 horsepower.
Mitsubishi enhanced its all-wheel drive rally rocket with a horsepower of 270 in the 1995 Lancer Evolution. Finn Tommi Makinen made four consecutive victories behind the wheel of the Lancer Evolution from 1996 – 1999.
Tommi Makinen made such an impact in the EVO’s history that there was a 1999 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Tommi Makinen Edition, paying homage to him and featuring trick racing gear like a titanium turbo impeller.
The 2001 Mitsubishi Lancer featured options like choosing from three separate setting depending on road conditions, making the car smart and durable.
The 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO made it mark in the U.S., and was so popular that the wing-tailed car was often bought over sticker-price.
With the year 2006 came a wagon version of the EVO. It had a limited run and only sold in Japan.
After not much change to the Lancer Evolution, 2013 released a new EVO that looked great and had even better handling. It had Super All-Wheel Control and a powerful 2.0-liter engine.
And then there comes the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Final Edition, with “Final Edition” badging to mark it. With 303 horsepower, the Lancer Evolution goes out with a bang.