True to Darwin's theory, the Mitsubishi
Evolution series has gone from strength to strength
over almost a decade of race-proven development. From
the 1992 Evolution I to its previous sixth incarnation,
the Evolution has helped Mitsubishi clinch the 1998
Manufacturer's Championship and has propelled Tommi
Makinen to four consecutive Driver Championships from
1996 to 1999.
The Evolution's rally dominance was further proven with
a first place win in the recent 2001 Monte Carlo Rallye
as well as by taking first, sixth and eighth positions
in the 2000 Singapore Falken Rally.
The Evolution VII's lines have matured handsomely and
the blistered front and rear fenders add to its aggressive
and purposeful stance.
Accompanying the all-new styling cues are a longer wheelbase,
wider track and fatter 235/45ZR17 tyres. Body rigidity
has also been increased by 50%.
Maximum torque has been boosted to 383 Nm at 3,500 rpm
and remains above 350 Nm between 2,750 and 5,500 rpm
while maximum power output remains as 206 kW (276 bhp)
at 6,250 rpm.
The Evolution VII features an all-new Active Centre
Differential (ACD) which uses an electronically controlled
variable multi-plate clutch. This system boasts a differential
limiting capacity 3 times greater than the previous
viscous coupling-based mechanism and can be manually
set to Tarmac, Gravel or Snow mode.