Mitsubishi Evolution
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Mitsubishi
Model: Evolution
Mitsubishi Evolution

The Evolution was at first projected only for the Japanese markets, but demand on the market took the Evolution series abroad. It was offered through limited deals in the United Kingdom and in various European markets beginning in around 1998. Mitsubishi decided to export the eighth generation Evolution to the United States in 2003 after watching the rise of the Subaru Impreza WRX. This model was a direct competitor in other global regions as well, leading the company to believe they could take it on in the States. The current 2006 Evolution includes a turbocharged 286 hp (213 kW) inline four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing, a first in 2006. This comes in the form of the Mitsubishi Innovative Valve-timing-and-lift Electronic Control. The Japanese model cars were limited by an agreement to advertise no more than 280 hp. However, each generation of Evolution's power has risen above the advertised number. Thus, the Japan-spec Evolution IX has a real output of about 320 PS, and a number of versions available in other markets, for example in the UK, have official power outputs up to 405 bhp (302 kW). Further, the flywheel on normal cars weighs about 12-15 kg but the Evolution flywheel weighs a mere 6 kg resulting in a very quick engine response. The Evolution is Mitsubishi's flagship sports car. It is based only on the body of the Lancer sedan, as the Evolution is a rally-inspired, turbocharged, all wheel drive automobile. Evolution models prior to version V were the official models for Mitsubishi's involvement in the World Rally Championship's Group A class. In order to follow the rules, the Evolution had to be based on the same platform as the Lancer. Nevertheless, it is much more powerful than the standard Lancer, and in fact, the body is the only major part in common between the two.

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