The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IV

1996

Lancer Evolution IV History

In October 1995 the Evo’s base model, the Lancer, underwent a full model change. This led to the Evolution series moving into its second generation. This progression was marked with the release of the fourth iteration of the Lancer Evolution, known as the Mitsubishi Evo 4, launched in August 1996. An innovative car, our first to use Active Yaw Control. The Evo 4 sold 6,000 cars in just the first three days after launch.

Mitsubishi Evo 4 Models

Like other Evolution iterations, the Evolution IV was available in two model variants. The first, the Rally Sport (RS) model was designed to meet the wishes of the World Rally Championship Works Team, with a more functional equipment specification. The RS model was the version that the rally machine was based on. The second model the GSR, was built for sport driving enjoyment. It was equipped to allow regular drivers to extract its superior driving dynamics with confidence.

Mitsubishi Evo 4 Engine and Design

Following the full model change of the Lancer base model, the Lancer Evolution IV used a new design multi-link suspension at the rear. The Evolution IV used a 4G63 intercooled turbo engine, which was modified with a high-speed cam profile, forged pistons and a twin-scroll turbocharger. This meant an extra 10PS was squeezed out, delivering a maximum output of 280PS.

The Evo IV is recognisable from its two large fog lights on the front bumper, along with the newly designed tail lights at the rear. These lights became a standard design on future Evolution models.

Mitsubishi Evo 4 Innovation

The Evo 4 marked an innovation from Mitsubishi Motors, as the first car to use Active Yaw Control (AYC) technology. AYC controls the driving and braking forces between the left and right wheels, judging driving conditions and precisely controlling the vehicle's yaw moment, enhancing cornering performance and braking stability. We were one of the first manufacturers to develop this system.