Mitsubishi Lancer GSR Evolution (Evo I)
Written by Mike McComb (Enthusiast)
Sometimes called the Evo, this car was created to dominate the World Rally Championship and other international motorsport events around the world, giving the Mitsubishi Evo a sacred place among motorsport lovers.
First produced in October 1992, the Evo was everything a rally car should be. With a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine, optional 4WD on the GSR and RS models, five speed manual transmission, power windows, power seats, and anti-lock brakes were standard on the first generation Evolution, currently available for import into Canada.
So popular were the first Evos’, all five thousand sold briskly. Its’ rarity everywhere in the world makes it a special car, and its’ horsepower, speed, traction, and style is incredible for this four door sports car. Truly, it is an awesome machine.
Modifications to the stock Evo are common, and despite its limited production, parts are widely available to help those in all countries truly appreciate the Evo’s abilities. The second generation, available soon for import, also has a cult following. Design wise it was somewhat of a carbon copy, but had minor adjustments and improved horsepower. Both first and second generation versions have over 240 horsepower and with the vast amount of modifications available, it can easily hit 300 horses. DOT compliance is not as hard as it might seem - actually it is fairly easy.
The four-door 1993-96 Mitsubishi Mirage is best for a headlight swap. Daytime running lights, amber front reflectors, rear red reflectors, and a third brake light are also needed. The car is widely popular; particularly in Australia and New Zealand, where they are highly renowned for their power, challenging others like the Nissan Skyline and Toyota Supra.
Mitsubishi Evo Specifications:
The Legendary Mitsubishi Lancer RS and GSR became legal to import to Canada in November of 2007.
- Chassis: CD9A
- Engine: 2.0L Turbo - 250hp - (4G63T)
- Drivetrain: Full 4WD
- Curb Weight: 1240 kg / 2,733 lb
Only 5,000 Evo I's were produced between 1992 & 1993.
The perfect sleeper sedan OR the start of your new AWD drift car, your choice!
Our Mitsubishi Evo Review:
The Evo's 4G63 engine is strong and sounds very healthy.
The 4G63 engine is an extremely popular engine worldwide and comes factory in several Mitsubishi vehicles. This means aftermarket performance parts and maintenance parts are very easy/affordable to come by. Anything that can't be found locally we can source from Japan within a week.
The all wheel drive system works, and works well. While driving in the rain the Evo feels solid at any speed.
The suspension is tight but accommodating. We were anticipating the car to handle much softer but were pleasantly surprised by how it minimized roll and soaked up the bumps.
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