Lancer Evolution in the UK

Celebrating 20 Years of EVO

This year is the 20th anniversary of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution here in the UK. As the name suggests the Evo was the next stage in the progression of the Lancer. The Evolution built upon this heritage, cementing it's name on the world rally scene.
Tokyo, Japan – January 1999

It was almost 18 years since life was first breathed into the iconic Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Mitsubishi Motors had yet to bring its now signature rally-dominating tour de force to the UK. Motorsport enthusiasts had watched with dismay as five iterations of the most enigmatic performance 4WD sports car on the planet came and went without ever getting an official release on these shores.

But in January 1999 Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced the arrival of the new ‘EVO‘, the Lancer Evolution VI.

World Rally Championship and the Tommi Makinen effect

Cornering performance improved with lower roll centre on the front suspension and a new 2.0-litre DOHC intercooler-turbocharged engine used a world’s first titanium alloy turbine to improve response and high end power output.

Twin Wicker-type rear spoilers with adjustable attack angle enabled it to generate more downforce reducing turbulence and drag..

Recaro T.Makinen Edition Seats

The interior got incredible Recaro seats in black and red upholstery, genuine leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-trim shift knob, and blue stitching.

England - July 11, 2000

UK launch

On July 11 2000, 250 units of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI officially went on sale in the UK retailing at £32,995 (equivalent of around £49,000 today) and within weeks they were all gone.

It marked the beginning of a love affair between British rally fans and the EVO that lasts well beyond the end production on the Lancer Evolution X in 2016.

The Evolution name remains a core influence for Mitsubishi Motors, with the latest generation of our pioneering Super All Wheel Control systems developed for EVO powering the off-road performance of our SUVs like the Outlander PHEV.

Find out more about the history of the Lancer Evolution and other Mitsubishi models.