Introduced in 1992 with the EVO 1, the Mitsubishi Evo evolved over successive years, starting with a longitudinally mounted engine, becoming transverse in 1996 with the EVO 4 and gaining AYC, becoming wide arched with the EVO5 in 1998, gaining an ACD with the EVO 7, through to the EVO 9 in 2005, all being powered by the 4G63 engine, before the final EVOX being powered by the new 4B11T engine.
Many models were available over the years, with most being either a GSR or RS model. The RS models usually featured stronger plated rear diffs, and made do with more basic interiors such as non Recaro seats and wind up windows.
In the UK we had various models including FQ300, FQ320, FQ340, and FQ400, as well as 6 speed MR models. All EVO 1 – 9 use a variation of the 4G63 engine, with numerous detail changes through the years, with the general rule of later engines being more reliable. (We generally recommend EVO 8 engines when transplanting). The last of the 4G63 powerplants as fitted to the EVO 9 also gained MIVEC variable valve timing.