The Lancer Evolution was born in 1992 to compete in World Rally. It was equipped with a 2.0 L turbo engine DOHC, and used the 4×4 traction of the Galant chassis adapted to the Lancer. The two versions were available: the GSR and the RS, which was the “prontocorsa”, bereft of comfort to minimize the weight (less than 70 kg compared to the more equipped GSR).
The engine, known as the Mitsubishi 4G63, delivered 250 hp and 309 Nm of torque. Together with the traction 4×4 will become one of the trademarks of Evolution model.
The first Evolution was sold in about 5,000 copies.