1995 Mitsubishi Evo III RS
Stock Number: 4607
The EVO III is the most recent legal variant of this prized AWD Mitsubishi rally rocket. This updated model benefitted debuted in Feburay of 1995 and benefits a sizable power upgrade and a few other minor tweaks, which you can feel from behind the wheel. However, this is no ordinary Evo. Starting off with the fact its an RS means it was the stripped-down model designed to reduce excess weight in the name of performance. The digital climate control, power windows, ABS, and rear wiper were all removed. Scotia White (W83) was a tried and true color choice for these. The paint is in pretty good condition, but not what we'd necessarily call a show car quality. These were built for speed, not so much looks so it makes sense. The only particularly egregious spot to note are the side view mirrors. Originally with the RS, the mirrors would have simply been black like the door handles, but at some point, someone color matched them. The paint itself is beginning to flake/chip, you could always strip it back to black or simply have them resprayed to clean it back up. While the third generation of the Evo saw quite a few aero tweaks this one has its own distinct style. The rear wing was shaved for a more streamlined, understated, look. White 15" 8 spoke rally wheels fit the car's heritage and are a bit more exciting than the steelies it originally came with.
Understanding the Lancer Evolution's humble roots is important when you assess the cabin. Due to the weight reduction, the interior is very purpose-driven. Both front seats have been swapped out for more supportive ones. The driver's fixed back Bride bucket does an incredible job of keeping you in place. It's held up pretty well over the years, as the bolsters are prone to breaking down from climbing in and out. There is one spot that was covered up with a matching Bride patch which is a pretty common move to prevent things from getting worse. The passenger seat is an older style Recaro, similar to what would have come in the GSR models. Meanwhile, the stock back seats were retained, all of which have been kept in rather nice shape. With the race nature of the Bride, a Momo wheel with a hub extension gives the driver ultimate control. While not the first choice for a 500-mile road trip, it most certainly is on a twisty back road. Since the gauge layout was a bit sparse several aftermarket ones have been added. Atop the steering column is a Lamco boost gauge, with water and oil temps flanking the A-pillar. Being a more purpose-built car the A/C has been disconnected, but surprisingly it does have an aftermarket radio added which this originally wouldn't have come equipped with.
The turbocharged four-cylinder heart of this beast makes it the legend that it is today. The 4G63-T was a bulletproof block built to handle serious power, and this one hasn't been left stock. With 89K verified miles the previous owner had the motor rebuilt a mere 12K miles ago. Evo 7 pistons were fitted, with Evo 9 injectors to supply adequate fuel. While apart the head gasket was replaced with a metal one from Toda. If you're going through all of that trouble you're naturally going to bump up the turbo as well, so it's now sporting an Evo 9 turbo. Feeding into the turbo is an RS hard pipe intake with an HKS mushroom filter on the end. Aside from giving an easier flow down to the turbo it also lets the turbo make all of its fun noises that you'd expect to hear. While it catches some off guard, the front mount is the factory one which offers ample cool air for the 4 cylinder. With everything going on upfront you've naturally got to get all of the spent exhaust gasses out in a hurry. The Fujitsubo high flow catback does a great job of that and really gives the Evo its signature sound. Delivering power to all four wheels through a mechanical LSD means you can put down the power in any condition. Power to weight ratio is the recipe for its success; coming in at right around 2,600lbs. It's hard to describe just how lightweight and nimble this car is. You truly have to drive one to really take it all in. While stock form is already great, the Tein coilovers and strut tower bars help to dial things in even further. Shifts through the 5 speed transmission are crisp and smooth. While we don't believe the clutch has been upgraded it is on the heavier side. The timing belt was replaced just before leaving Japan so that's one less concern. We've gone ahead and put new tires on all four corners, tossed in a new battery and air filter, replaced the shifter bearings as well as the front right wheel bearing. Overall this car is a great example of what Mitsubishi should have done from the factory with the Evo. Whether you're looking for a proper rally chassis or a piece of history this car has it all.
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