The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI

1999

Lancer Evolution VI History

The sixth iteration of the Lancer Evolution, known as the Mitsubishi Evo VI was launched in January 1999. Much like its predecessors, the Evo VI boasted the latest technology, which had been developed for the World Rally Championship (WRC). The Evo VI was launched to reflect the 1999 WRC regulations. It featured a number of new aero parts in its revamped exterior and interior design, as well as further improvements in handling and cooling.

Mitsubishi Evo 6 Exterior

To maintain downforce, the Evo VI was equipped with twin Wicker-type rear spoilers with adjustable attack angles, which gave the car a distinctive rear end. The Evo was also given a facelift in the Evolution VI. The fog lights first implemented in the Evo V were reduced slightly and the license plate was offset on the front bumper. This not only gave the Evo VI a new look, it also improved the car’s aerodynamics and engine cooling.

Mitsubishi Evo VI Engine, Brakes and Suspension

The Evolution VI was powered by a 2.0-litre DOHC intercooler-turbocharged engine with air to oil cooler. Engine cooling was a focus of the Evo VI. We improved it in a number of ways, by adding cooling channels to the pistons, and a high-volume oil cooler.

Other improvements included more rigid callipers in the Brembo brake system to improve braking. Cornering was improved by a number of additions: the roll centre of the front suspension was lowered, and in the rear suspension the rebound stroke was lengthened.

Mitsubishi Evo VI Tommi Makinen Special Edition

In early 2000, a special edition of the Evolution VI was released. The Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Makinen Special Edition (or Evo VI Tommi Makinen Edition) was launched to commemorate Makinen’s impressive fourth consecutive win of the Drivers' Championship in 1999’s World Rally Championship.

The Tommi Makinen edition was styled on the car he drove to victory. With 17-inch alloy wheels featuring the same design, and a special colouring package. The package included a WRC stripe, Ralliart decals, Mitsubishi 3-diamond decals, the spoiler’s upper wing section was white, a rear panel garnish, body-keyed door sashes, amber front indicator lenses, and the door handles were finished in black.

Of the Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Makinen Special Edition, the driver himself said:

"To have a car named after yourself. That's something else".”

Throughout the Evolution’s life, Makinen had played a part in the development of the Evo, stressing that it should be easy to control, fun to drive and with high levels of performance. These are the principles Mitsubishi continues to focus on today.

The Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Makinen Special Edition was the first Evo to be registered in the UK on 11th July 2000.