Lancer Evolution – Everything You Need to Know | Up To Speed

Lancer Evolution – Everything You Need to Know | Up To Speed

We heard what you wanted
and we made you an Evo video.
Picture this.
It’s 1993. We’re in Japan.
You pull up to a stoplight in your brand new
You’re probably listening to Woomp There It Is.
And what pulls up next to you on the line
but a four-door sedan with fog lights and
a big ass spoiler.
The little sedan next to you, apparently not
understanding that you’re in a Ferrari, revs it’s engine.
So cute.
You laugh,.
The light turns green.
And suddenly…
What just happened?
You my friend just met yourself a Lancer
and your life will never be the same again.
This is everything you need to know to get
up to speed on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
The Mitsubishi Lancer was introduced in 1973. It was a good little car.
Small, fuel efficient, kinda boring.
In the 70s and 80s, Mitsubishi decided that
they wanted to improve their global image
with motorsport, and their sport of choice
was Rally.
They gave the little Lancer a bigger motor
and took it racing.
It did well.
This was the dawn of Mitsubishi becoming one
of the most iconic names in Rally.
By the late 80s Mitsubishi was developing
a Group B program with an AWD version of their Starion.
Yeah, that Group B.
The Starion prototype performed well but before the car was fully developed,
Group B was outlawed following a number of fatal
crashes in 1985 and 86.
So Mitsubishi was left with an almost fully
developed racecar, but nowhere to race it.
So if you’re Mitsubishi, what do you do?
Well, you make lemonade!
You take the drivetrain from the Starion,
you toss it under a Galant and you enter it
in Group A.
The Galant performed well from 1988 until
1992, but European rally stages suddenly got
too tight for big fat sedans and a number
of manufacturers switched to
smaller, more agile platforms.
Ford replaced the Sierra with the Escort,
Subaru the Legacy with the Impreza, Toyota
the Celica with the Corolla, and Mitsubishi
the Galant with the LANCER BABY!
Guess who’s back in town dad, and I have
an earing now!
In true Mitsubishi fashion, they took the
guts of the Galant, and put it in the smaller,
lighter Lancer.
But they couldn’t just call it a “Lancer”.
The Lancer is boring economy car.
You’re driving a project car baby!
Mitsubishi’s project car.
This thing had AWD, a big turbo, racing
suspension, aero..
It’s like an evolution of the lancer…
That’s a good name!
Let’s call it that.
To conform with Class A regulations, 2500
road cars had to be produced.
So in October of 1992, the first Lancer Evolution
One’s showed up in Japanese showrooms.
The initial run sold out in less than three
The RS version came with NO power windows,
NO power seats, NO anti-lock brakes, NO rear wiper
and steel wheels.
Basically no frills.
But what it did come with was AWD and a 244
horsepower version of the legendary 4G63 engine. There is no Evo without the 4g63.
This motor is so good that upgraded versions
of it powered every single generation of EVO
except for the final one.
In 1993, Mitsubishi tweaked
the Evo I into the Evo II.
There weren’t a lot of big upgrades on this
one–lighter sway bar, bigger spoiler, and
about 10 more horsepower.
Pretty standard upgrades for the second year
of a build.
Our wallet’s still kinda hurtin from the
engine swap.
My wife’s gonna friggin kill me.
I should also note that meanwhile on the rally
circuit, Mitsubishi’s arch rival, Subaru,
is friggin killing it right now.
Colin McRae could do no wrong.
Mitsubishi, undeterred, kept working.
And in 1995, they introduced the kind of new,
but pretty improved Evo 3.
New look, bigger holes in the front for better
cooling, bigger intercooler for better cooler,
bigger spoiler, new sideskirts, different
bumpers, higher compression in the engine,
and a bigger turbo.
–please do not tell my wife I spent money on a bigger turbo,
She’s gonna kill me
The first big redesign though, came in 96
with the Evo 4.
The 4 RS came a new turbo and
which is basically a robot that tells the car when
to send torque to each individual wheel.
*Go that way*
Most importantly though, it also got two huge
fog lights built into the front bumper.
How are people gonna know it’s a rally car?
You can’t see my Active Yaw Control.
It was it this point that Mitsubishi’s hard
work started to really pay off on the rally stage.
Finnish racing legend Tommi Makinen won the
WRC driver’s championship four times behind
the wheel of an Evo.
Uh, Subaru I would politely ask you to suck it.
The Evo 5 and 6 were more or less the same
as the 4.
After all, this is a build.
In 2001, the Evo 7 moved into a new slightly
heavier chassis and introduced a host of suspension
and engine tweaks.
More importantly, however, the Evo VII brought
with it the Active Center Differential, which
in combination with Active Yaw Controls, allowed
… and I’m not sure if this is the proper
engineering term, I’m gonna try and pronounce
this right ummm…
Better four wheel skids.
While the world watched the Evo race through
the woods, we guys in the US were f*ckin sidelined.
Americans were chompin at the collective bit for the nimble little 4 door sedan
with the big wing and the fog lights and the turbo
When Gran Turismo was introduced in 1997,
both the Evo III and IV were included in the game.
Americans fell in LOVE with it.
When GT2 was released in 1999, it brought
with it rally tracks–and of course,
the newly-redesigned Evo VI.
Now, North America could see what made the
Evo series so devastating on the circuit,
and we wanted them.
If that wasn’t enough, Initial D f*cking
The show was an introduction to not only drifting,
but to the entire japanese automotive lifestyle.
It was the first time a kid like me from Louisville
Kentucky saw that street racing
was more than just a bunch of fat rednecks drag
racing their Stangs and Camaros across the bridge.
And if Takumi had such a hard time defeating
the Emperor Team which was made entirely of
Evos, then this car must be pretty serious.
I mean I want one. Top 5 for sure.
In 2003, the year I graduated from high school,
the US finally got what we were begging for.
The newly tweaked Evo VIII made it’s way
to North America, thank God.
*Thank you Jesus*
Lightened again, and with new Bilstein suspension,
the Evo VIII adapted well to it’s new environment.
It changed the game, and despite the American
version lacking the Active Yaw Controls, it
sold well.
There were numerous special editions of the
VIII, including the devastatingly fast FQ
FQ, of course stands for:
Top Gear showed the FQ400
could keep up with the Lamborghini Murcielago.
F*ck you Kanye,
*Lamborghini Mercy..*
I have an Evo!
Debuting in 2005, the Evo IX continued the
Evo’s legacy of tight, corner-hugging speed,
and it was now fully available throughout
North America, Japan, and Europe.
Using the Evo IX platform, Mitsubishi continued
to experiment.
They produced not only a 6-speed Rally edition,
but also a limited-run Evo IX station wagon
2007 saw the final incarnation of the Evo
– the Evo X.
Despite lingering issues with Mitsubishi’s
financial footing, they pushed ahead with
the car, and it was a fitting final model.
The exterior, for the first time, was designed
in Europe, and the majority of the production
cars now topped out at 280hp but it was fat
and didn’t have the 4G63 engine that powered
every one of it’s predecessors.
The Evo X literally didn’t have the heart
of the EVO.
The Evo X was produced for almost ten years.
Throughout that time, few if any major updates
were made, and Mitsubishi struggled to sell
In 2016, the Evo was finally retired.
and much to many people’s dismay, the Lancer
name (and with it the Evo’s legacy) will
most likely be reincarnated as a crossover.
I feel like I’m gonna puke
but I also feel like I’m gonna sh*t too..?
So I don’t know if you guys wanna….
Should I take my mic off?
Despite this, for many, the enduring legacy
of the Evo series is one of pure fun:
It’s a race car; it’s hard to drive!
The clutch is too stiff.
But it has four doors and enough trunk space
to fit a decent amount of groceries.
Let me buy one JESSICA!
It’s as if Mitsubishi bought a boring four
door lancer in 1992,
and then improved on it a little bit every year.
But eventually they ran out of money and had to sell their project.
Here’s hoping that one day, they can figure
their finances out and build a new one.
That’s everything you need to know to get up to speed on the Mitsubishi Evo.
We’re gonna start doing give-aways, so let us know what you would want us to give you.
What’s your favorite generation of Evo? When was the first time you saw an Evo?
Would you rather have an Evo or an STI?
Who can blow the biggest clouds?
Evo owners? Or STI owners?
Should I get my teeth fixed?

100 Replies to “Lancer Evolution – Everything You Need to Know | Up To Speed”

  1. I had a choice between a new 2013 Evo and the same year STI. I picked the STI after a month of deliberation because it was easier to live with as a daily and sounded Much Much better. I had 20K worth of parts in it I less than a year! Lol
    I Love how much support they have aftermarket and how everyone mods them. My favourite thing about the STI is the mechanical feel of it after it's been tuned. Stock it feels underwhelming and held back hugely for me.
    What I liked better in the Evo: the ground effects, way nicer wheels, 100 times better seats. The interior overall was even cheaper though..and the Subie was really not fancy.
    I just saw a new Lancer crossover last week. I was actually visibly upset 😡… Car blasphemy imo..

  2. Rumor says that Mitsubishi is planning on making an EVO XI from the Megane RS platform, with turbo and all but HYBRID BEHBYYYYY.

  3. That’s funny because my ex named Jessica bought one and 06 Evo nine and what I did to it for her being a mechanic Z06 guys are always upset that a girl was raping them on the streets!!! And then the unthinkable happened we broke up and although I offered her $1000 a month until I paid her for the car to keep it in her garage she traded it in for a BMW 535 Xi….Saddest day of my life. She also had a 2005 STI and I can tell you I like driving to Evo hole Lot more was just more fun the STI stock suspension was a little too bouncy for me.

  4. They'll make a new evo but they'll just never bring back the 4G63 god motor and without that iron block what's the point

  5. The no frills Evo 1 makes sense for tuners. Steel wheels etc etc, means your buying it cheap and the money saved used towards wheels and other goodies of your choice. Further to that, you can pretty much mod the car to your liking knowing that there isn’t any parts wasted. They should re-implement this ethos.

  6. Lol that's right, Subaru still has new generations of the Impreza coming out. Mitsubishi I'd like to kindly ask you to suck it!!!!!

  7. At least You had sporty cars… where I live we only had econoboxes at the time -_-

  8. the last model was great but hindered by the gearbox……they tried to push SST as premium but it got a lot of negative feedback at least at my place where it is hot climate. the gearbox overheated even at stock power on circuit racing. Upgrading it is possible with gearbox oil cooler and better components inside the gearbox but it just so much hassle and expensive. the manual meanwhile receive 5 speed gearbox. indeed a step back from previous model which got 6 speed. based on this two, it is my opinion that the ix model were much better. although i don't discount there are tuners who push 400whp++ on the x but it will a chore either upgrading the SST or stuck with the 5 speed gearbox.

  9. Honestly I fell in love with Mitsubishi back when I saw the first Starion hit the US shores as a Dodge Daytona. I had just given up on Mopar after my 5th Torqueflight Transmission disintegrated and then this Daytona came out and I thought, Oh maybe they are getting their shit together. Then my friend Roger told me that Dodge just rebadged everything Mitsubishi and sold them as their own. Mitsubishi Eclipse, 3000 GT, Starion, all ended up with Dodge logos. That was when I realized, American cars were no longer my thing and I found the Lancer. Unfortunately I found it when they were still doing the Evo VI so I had to wait 2 more iterations but my obsession never ended.

  10. My first sight of the lancer was in gran turismo 3 the one with photo realistic car models. I thought the lancer was the coolest thing ever and wished I could use it outside rally stages because it was just so nippy

  11. lucky i live in malaysia,my dad have modded evo 2 and he said he will give it to me when i get a licence which 1 year from now

  12. First time i saw it, it was in my dads garage many years ago. Still f*king love it and dreaming that one day i will can afford it.

  13. I’d rather have an STI. A 2004 STI.

    And for something I would want you to give me I would say a 2004 STI in Blue with Silver or Gold wheels, 2004 STI in Silver with Gold wheels, or 2004 STI in Black with Silver or Gold wheels

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