Mitsubishi Evos That You Probably Didn't Know Existed
The Mitsubishi Evolution is only associated with the Lancer platform today. What people don't realize is that the Evo isn't exclusive to the Lancer.
Mitsubishi's new eEvolution concept has been getting a lot of flak for slandering the 'Evo' name after it's debut at the LA Auto Show. I mean it's electric crossover concept so it's not really something I would get excited about, but that's besides the point. It seems like the majority of car enthusiasts have this common misconception that Mitsubishi's Evolution or, "Evo", is only associated with the now discontinued Lancer. This is not the case. For Mitsubishi, the Evolution is a trim level that was typically used for homologation purposes of their racing vehicles, or a trim used with breakthrough tech. I've compiled a short list of 3 Mitsubishi Evos that aren't Lancers that you've probably never heard of or forgotten about.
1.) 1990-92 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 Evolution:
1991 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 Evolution- Credit: https://www.gearboxmagazine.com/phil-weston-galant-vr4-evolution-2/
Often referred to as the Evo 0, the Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 Evolution was produced following the second facelift of the JDM, 5-speed manual sixth generation Galant VR-4 from October 1990 to May 1992. It has a limited production run of 5,057 cars. Evolution models were spread out among the different VR-4 variants including the VR-4, RS VR-4, Super VR-4, and Monte Carlo VR-4. Some of the visual differences are the vented hood and a slightly different front bumper. Under the hood the Evolution spec included; 510cc injectors, a big 16G turbo, a larger intercooler and piping, and other small changes depending on the trim.
2.) 1997-99 Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution:
Red '97-'99 Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution- Credit: jalopnik.com
The new eEvolution SUV isn't the first time an Evo badge was put on an SUV. This Evo is the homologation special that you've probably never heard of. Meet the Pajero Evolution. Known as the PajEvo for short, this Pajero was produced from 1997-1999 as a homologation vehicle for the dominant T2 class Dakar Rally Pajero Evo. It was significantly different than other Pajeros. Differences include a a special 3.5L V6 engine producing "276hp" (it was probably more), a completely new, beefier independent suspension, Recaro seats, skid plates, and a wide body kit. The transmission of choice is the automatic surprisingly. There were some Manual PajEvos made but they were less reliable and worse at low speed crawling. Although you can get a PajEvo fairly cheap because the aren't necessarily sought after, only 2,500 of them were made so getting your hands on one could prove to be difficult.
2012-2014 MiEV Evolution:
2014 Mitsubish MiEV Evolution III- Credit: insideevs.com
The MiEV Evolution (not to be confused with the i-MiEV) is a series of cars produced for the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb event from 2012-2014. It had a total of 3 different forms in each of the 3 years it ran. In 2014, the Mitsubishi got 2nd and 3rd place overall and completely dominated in the EV class. This car is proof that Mitsubishi can still make a really good performance car. Mitsubishi, if you're reading this, please make some. The Lancer Evolution, Eclipse, or 3000GT would all be great places to start.
That's my short list of forgotten/unheard of Evos that Mitsubishi have made. Have you heard of these models? Did I refresh your memory? Let me know in the comments. Don't forget to bump this article, join my tribe Lost In Transmission, and/or follow me for more articles like this.