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We heard what you wanted and we made you an Evo video. Picture this. It’s 1993. We’re in Japan. You pull up to a stoplight in your brand new
Ferrari. You’re probably listening to Woomp There It Is. And what pulls up next to you on the line
but a four-door sedan with fog lights and a big ass spoiler. The little sedan next to you, apparently not
understanding that you’re in a Ferrari, revs it’s engine. So cute. You laugh,. The light turns green. And suddenly… What just happened? You my friend just met yourself a Lancer
Evolution and your life will never be the same again. This is everything you need to know to get
up to speed on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. The Mitsubishi Lancer was introduced in 1973. It was a good little car. Small, fuel efficient, kinda boring. In the 70s and 80s, Mitsubishi decided that
they wanted to improve their global image with motorsport, and their sport of choice
was Rally. They gave the little Lancer a bigger motor
and took it racing. It did well. This was the dawn of Mitsubishi becoming one
of the most iconic names in Rally. By the late 80s Mitsubishi was developing
a Group B program with an AWD version of their Starion. Yeah, that Group B. The Starion prototype performed well but before the car was fully developed, Group B was outlawed following a number of fatal
crashes in 1985 and 86. So Mitsubishi was left with an almost fully
developed racecar, but nowhere to race it. So if you’re Mitsubishi, what do you do? Well, you make lemonade! You take the drivetrain from the Starion,
you toss it under a Galant and you enter it in Group A. The Galant performed well from 1988 until
1992, but European rally stages suddenly got too tight for big fat sedans and a number
of manufacturers switched to smaller, more agile platforms. Ford replaced the Sierra with the Escort,
Subaru the Legacy with the Impreza, Toyota the Celica with the Corolla, and Mitsubishi
the Galant with the LANCER BABY! Guess who’s back in town dad, and I have
an earing now! In true Mitsubishi fashion, they took the
guts of the Galant, and put it in the smaller, lighter Lancer. But they couldn’t just call it a “Lancer”. The Lancer is boring economy car. You’re driving a project car baby! Mitsubishi’s project car. This thing had AWD, a big turbo, racing
suspension, aero.. It’s like an evolution of the lancer… That’s a good name! Let’s call it that. THIS…is the LANCER EVOLUTION. To conform with Class A regulations, 2500
road cars had to be produced. So in October of 1992, the first Lancer Evolution
One’s showed up in Japanese showrooms. The initial run sold out in less than three
days! The RS version came with NO power windows,
NO power seats, NO anti-lock brakes, NO rear wiper and steel wheels. Basically no frills. But what it did come with was AWD and a 244
horsepower version of the legendary 4G63 engine. There is no Evo without the 4g63. This motor is so good that upgraded versions
of it powered every single generation of EVO except for the final one. In 1993, Mitsubishi tweaked
the Evo I into the Evo II. There weren’t a lot of big upgrades on this
one–lighter sway bar, bigger spoiler, and about 10 more horsepower. Pretty standard upgrades for the second year
of a build. Our wallet’s still kinda hurtin from the
engine swap. My wife’s gonna friggin kill me. I should also note that meanwhile on the rally
circuit, Mitsubishi’s arch rival, Subaru, is friggin killing it right now. Colin McRae could do no wrong. Mitsubishi, undeterred, kept working. And in 1995, they introduced the kind of new,
but pretty improved Evo 3. New look, bigger holes in the front for better
cooling, bigger intercooler for better cooler, bigger spoiler, new sideskirts, different
bumpers, higher compression in the engine, and a bigger turbo. –please do not tell my wife I spent money on a bigger turbo, She’s gonna kill me The first big redesign though, came in 96
with the Evo 4. The 4 RS came a new turbo and which is basically a robot that tells the car when to send torque to each individual wheel. *Go that way* Most importantly though, it also got two huge
fog lights built into the front bumper. How are people gonna know it’s a rally car? You can’t see my Active Yaw Control. It was it this point that Mitsubishi’s hard
work started to really pay off on the rally stage. Finnish racing legend Tommi Makinen won the
WRC driver’s championship four times behind the wheel of an Evo. Uh, Subaru I would politely ask you to suck it. The Evo 5 and 6 were more or less the same
as the 4. After all, this is a build. In 2001, the Evo 7 moved into a new slightly
heavier chassis and introduced a host of suspension and engine tweaks. More importantly, however, the Evo VII brought
with it the Active Center Differential, which in combination with Active Yaw Controls, allowed
… and I’m not sure if this is the proper engineering term, I’m gonna try and pronounce
this right ummm… Better four wheel skids. While the world watched the Evo race through
the woods, we guys in the US were f*ckin sidelined. Americans were chompin at the collective bit for the nimble little 4 door sedan with the big wing and the fog lights and the turbo When Gran Turismo was introduced in 1997,
both the Evo III and IV were included in the game. Americans fell in LOVE with it. When GT2 was released in 1999, it brought
with it rally tracks–and of course, the newly-redesigned Evo VI. Now, North America could see what made the
Evo series so devastating on the circuit, and we wanted them. If that wasn’t enough, Initial D f*cking
happened! The show was an introduction to not only drifting,
but to the entire japanese automotive lifestyle. It was the first time a kid like me from Louisville
Kentucky saw that street racing was more than just a bunch of fat rednecks drag
racing their Stangs and Camaros across the bridge. And if Takumi had such a hard time defeating
the Emperor Team which was made entirely of Evos, then this car must be pretty serious. I mean I want one. Top 5 for sure. In 2003, the year I graduated from high school, the US finally got what we were begging for. The newly tweaked Evo VIII made it’s way
to North America, thank God. *Thank you Jesus* Lightened again, and with new Bilstein suspension,
the Evo VIII adapted well to it’s new environment. It changed the game, and despite the American
version lacking the Active Yaw Controls, it sold well. There were numerous special editions of the
VIII, including the devastatingly fast FQ series. FQ, of course stands for: Top Gear showed the FQ400
could keep up with the Lamborghini Murcielago. F*ck you Kanye, *Lamborghini Mercy..* I have an Evo! Debuting in 2005, the Evo IX continued the
Evo’s legacy of tight, corner-hugging speed, and it was now fully available throughout
North America, Japan, and Europe. Using the Evo IX platform, Mitsubishi continued
to experiment. They produced not only a 6-speed Rally edition,
but also a limited-run Evo IX station wagon 2007 saw the final incarnation of the Evo
– the Evo X. Despite lingering issues with Mitsubishi’s
financial footing, they pushed ahead with the car, and it was a fitting final model. The exterior, for the first time, was designed
in Europe, and the majority of the production cars now topped out at 280hp but it was fat
and didn’t have the 4G63 engine that powered every one of it’s predecessors. The Evo X literally didn’t have the heart
of the EVO. The Evo X was produced for almost ten years. Throughout that time, few if any major updates
were made, and Mitsubishi struggled to sell In 2016, the Evo was finally retired. and much to many people’s dismay, the Lancer
name (and with it the Evo’s legacy) will most likely be reincarnated as a crossover. I feel like I’m gonna puke but I also feel like I’m gonna sh*t too..? So I don’t know if you guys wanna…. Should I take my mic off? Despite this, for many, the enduring legacy
of the Evo series is one of pure fun: It’s a race car; it’s hard to drive! The clutch is too stiff. But it has four doors and enough trunk space
to fit a decent amount of groceries. Let me buy one JESSICA! It’s as if Mitsubishi bought a boring four
door lancer in 1992, and then improved on it a little bit every year. But eventually they ran out of money and had to sell their project. Here’s hoping that one day, they can figure
their finances out and build a new one. That’s everything you need to know to get up to speed on the Mitsubishi Evo. We’re gonna start doing give-aways, so let us know what you would want us to give you. What’s your favorite generation of Evo? When was the first time you saw an Evo? Would you rather have an Evo or an STI? Who can blow the biggest clouds? Evo owners? Or STI owners? Should I get my teeth fixed?

100 thoughts on “Lancer Evolution – Everything You Need to Know | Up To Speed

  1. The strength and layout as well as the general "simplicity" of the sti drive-line just puts it miles ahead of the evo. I mean it looks like supercar engineering… Not to mention a motor that looks like it was pulled straight for an executive aircraft.

  2. My dad told me a story about how him and his friend were in a I think a 2001 evo and were going like 150 down country roads

  3. What if Mitsubishi discontinued the Evo to not have all the attention on them. And while everyone is talking shit they’re making the evolution into a Monster when it returns…👹👹

  4. Thanks for less sudden shouting.
    still the interesting info but presented in a much less annoying way.
    Thanks again

  5. . The first time I saw an Evo when I first watched two best furious it was the coolest car ever that’s it

  6. U want to give us!!!
    Give me a Mistubishi Lancer bro
    Plzzzzzzzzzz!!!! I m begging u !
    N I won't tell Ur wife that u spent money on turbo!! Pinky promise

  7. I remember myself asking my Dad to record F&F Tokyo Drift on the recorder when I was 5. That's how I was able to see my dream Car everyday that red hot evo ❤ Yes I watched Tokyo Drift almost everyday…I probably do remember every single dialogue there is *Owabaki…*😂

  8. I first saw an Evo out side the Gate 1 of Kadena Air force base in 1994. Every Saturday they would gather all cars more Show than race be the Evo was sweet. There not many place to go fast on the island but for H-1. There was beep that would go off in the cars if you exceed the speed limit and the goal to make a solid tone.

  9. Evo has a beautiful legacy but it ended up as a crossover…ahahaha fuck, that shit hurts. I’m glad subaru is still pushing out wrx and sti

  10. The lancer is still being sold where i live, just a "normal" sedan with the tenth generation looks. Seems like there is new stuff in china too.

  11. My dream car is a evo 9 MR… in about 4 1/2 years, i will have paid off my mitsubishi outlander sport, gonna keep it as my daily driver and then i'm getting my evo 9 after… now that i have a garage, it will make my garage look sick! Woot woot

  12. Que sabrás americano de coches japoneses jajajajja ridículo todo lo que dices lo buscaste en internet ridículo habla de muscle car

  13. Pajero GORSH DAMN EVOLUTION VIDEOOOOOO BEEEEEEIIIIIIIAAAAAAACH! I CHECKED under my bed… ITS NOT THERE! MAKE THE DAMN THING ALREADY

  14. the first time i ever saw a lancer was in the mexican WRC stage, fell immediately in love with it, with the subbie, and the focus.

  15. I had a choice between a new 2013 Evo and the same year STI. I picked the STI after a month of deliberation because it was easier to live with as a daily and sounded Much Much better. I had 20K worth of parts in it I less than a year! Lol
    I Love how much support they have aftermarket and how everyone mods them. My favourite thing about the STI is the mechanical feel of it after it's been tuned. Stock it feels underwhelming and held back hugely for me.
    What I liked better in the Evo: the ground effects, way nicer wheels, 100 times better seats. The interior overall was even cheaper though..and the Subie was really not fancy.
    I just saw a new Lancer crossover last week. I was actually visibly upset 😡… Car blasphemy imo..

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