Lancer Evolution in the UK
Celebrating 20 Years of EVO
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
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.