Often regarded as one of the best sport sedans in its class, the Mitsubishi Lancer was a staple in the company’s vehicle lineup. Despite its discontinuation two years ago, fans still crave the exhilarating performance this model has to offer. With rumours circulating around the web about the Lancer Evo’s possible return to the market, the possibility of the vehicle’s 11th generation model leaves many fans of the vehicle excited. As we eagerly wait for more news, or if Mitsubishi will confirm the Lancer Evo’s comeback, let’s take a look back at some of the most significant changes and generation models that made it such a landmark vehicle.
Evolution IV – August 1996
Four generations after its debut in 1992, the Lancer Evo IV featured a handful of notable changes for the model. Performance-wise, its specs increased from the last generation, going up to 276 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, which is a huge step up from the latter’s previous 228 lb-ft. The Evolution IV also added an all-new chassis, while the engine/box gets a 180-degree turn, plus a twin-scroll turbo, which provided the model’s performance boost.
Evolution V – January 1998
Shortly after the Evolution IV, the next iteration of the Lancer Evo incorporated a lot of new performance components to make it a more robust rally-type vehicle. For starters, the Evolution V included 17-inch wheels, wider tracks, bigger bonnet vents, and inverted suspension struts to give it more balanced performance. Additionally, four-piston Brembo front callipers with 320mm discs were added for braking power, while the torque also gets a nice boost to 274lb-ft.
Evolution VIII MR – February 2004
Jumping a few years later, the Lancer Evo has already (pardon the pun) evolved into an exceptional sports vehicle, putting it well above the likes of other models in its class. With the Evolution VIII MR, the vehicle got more refined and aerodynamic than ever before, with new materials including an aluminum roof, lighter BBS forged alloy wheels, and new Bilstein dampers. Improvements were also made to the Lancer’s turbo and cooling system, giving the model a more powerful horsepower of 282 and torque of 294 lb-ft.
This was just a quick look at some of the most significant Lancer Evo models throughout the ages. To learn more about the classic Mitsubishi Lancer, or any of our other models, make sure to keep browsing our website’s blog!