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Lancer Evolution I (Japan, 1992)

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History, Development and General Characteristics

The first edition Lancer Evolution was released in 1992 with the specific goal of giving Mitsubishi the homologation for its Lancer Group A rally car (for the World Rally Championship). The Lancer Evo came to replace the Gallant VR-4 model in such quest.

Mitsubishi conceived two trim level versions for the Evo, the GSR and the RS models. A total of 5.000 Lancer Evolutions were built until the first series’ production ceased in January 1994.



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Engine and Transmission

Mitsubishi provided the Lancer Evo I with a turbocharged 2.0-liter Mitsubishi Sirius engine, placed at the front of the car.
The four-wheel drive Evo I is able to deliver 244 hp and achieve a top speed of 149 mi/h (240 km/h), as well as 0-60 mi/h (0-97 km/h) in 4.9 seconds.
The first series Evo also works with a 5-speed manual transmission.



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Chassis

Unitary steel frame.   Platform Mitsubishi’s CD9A platform.   Suspension McPherson strut, coils springs, telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar at the front axle, to which connects a rear multi-link strut, coil springs and anti-roll bar.   Steering Power assisted rack-and-pinion.   Brakes Vented front discs and solid rear discs.



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Body and Design

The Lancer Evolution I is only made with a 4-door sedan bodyshell.



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Motorsport

Drivers Kenneth Eriksson and Armin Schwarz drove two Group A Lancers (rally versions of the Evolution) at the 1993 World Rally Championship, being their best results two second places.
In the constructors’ championship, Mitsubishi finished in fifth.



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Lancer Evolution was launched in 1992. Evo, as it is also known, it’s a high-performance version of the popular Mitsubishi Lancer. Evo debuted as 4-door sedan, but a 5-door hatchback version was introduced with the launch of the ninth generation. Intended only for the Japanese market, the high demand abroad turned the model international. Today, Evo is sold in Japan, North America, Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia. The current series, Evolution X, will be kept in production until 2013.   more
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