1996 Mitsubishi EVO IV
This 1996 Mitsubishi Evolution IV represents one of the best AWD sports car designs of this, or any era. Completely revised during mid '96, this sedan was a technical marvel of the time and the performance is, simply put, astonishing even by today's terms. Finished in Pyreness Black Pearl (X08), the body is in good shape aside from some light blemishes. The sporty, factory aero is a bit over the top, and when positioned behind the wheel, you immediately understand the boy-racer appeal of these rally monsters. At only 60k verified and documented miles, this example is barely even broken in! Recently serviced, this punchy four-door includes some pricey performance upgrades and includes a surprisingly well-appointed cabin, too. For the enthusiast who wants the latest and greatest, this legendary rally racer can now be yours. This Japanese Classic is highly collectible, striking to look at, and would make for an ideal track day toy, weekend canyon carver, or daily driver.
The convenient thing about owning an Evo is the practicality it offers. Most vehicles that perform as these do are two-seat coupes with little space for cargo and little if any, power equipment. On the other hand, this five-seat sedan includes a large trunk, dual front SRS airbags, and an updated audio system. It's civil around town and feels sporty without beating up the passengers within. Electric windows, power-folding mirrors, and power locks are standard on the GSR and work flawlessly. They make daily use enjoyable and your passengers will likely agree. The dashboard looks good, and lacks any cracking or distortion. The switchgear is all at hand and within arms reach. Nighttime driving is notably safer thanks to LED headlamp and fog light upgrades. An easy-to-use digital climate control system is front and center and includes piping hot heat and cold A/C. Directly below is a Carrozzeria touchscreen head unit. It works like a charm, can be used with US radio frequencies, and makes the interior appear more modern. The factory MoMo steering wheel is mounted on an adjustable column and is in an above-average shape. It feels perfect in the palm of your hands and delivers communicative feedback. For a quick check on the vitals, the factory gauge cluster is complemented by a Defi ZD gauge indicator. It digitally displays oil temp, water temp, speed, boost pressure and includes a programmable, integrated sequential shift light. A dedicated Defi boost gauge works as it should and is located to the right of the wheel for extra assurance. For spirited driving, the factory Recaro seats keep everyone firmly in their spots. They lack any major wear such as rips, stains, or tears, and are quite supportive and comfortable. They steal the show and complement the darker interior color combo without screaming for attention. The headliner, door cards, and carpets haven't suffered major abuse over the years and it appears this Evo was cared for in a prior life. That is not to say everything is perfect as there are some missing plastic trunk panels to note, but the cabin is intact otherwise. It even has the original owners manuals and some service records, to boot!
This newly legal revised EVO performs spectacularly in almost every way. What we love about this new chassis is how composed it is. There are hardly any squeaks and rattles and when you aren't getting on it, it's a wonderful street car. But for those likely considering its purchase, we will get down to business. This IV employs some incredible technology that was groundbreaking at the time. For example, a twin-scroll turbo was sourced, allowing the 2.0L 4G63 to build boost quickly, despite its meager displacement. The legendary four-banger starts up promptly thanks to a new 12v battery and the powerplant is fresh off an oil and filter service. To keep temperatures in check an aluminum KoyoRad radiator has replaced the factory unit and it dresses up the engine bay nicely. The exhaust note is slightly more aggressive than stock, and the engine packs a few more ponies thanks to a Monster Sport downpipe and SARD high flow catalytic converter. A polished FGK backbox sends exhaust gasses out the rear and matches the business-like exterior aesthetic. From the cabin, an HKS EVC is on hand if you want to adjust the boost! As you engage the slick-shifting five-speed manual gearbox, power is sent to all four wheels and off you go! It's a joy to row through the gears in this EVO and the chassis feel is sublime. A Monster Sport intake adds to the aural sensation of driving this IV, and the handling is every bit as good as the straight-line performance. Active Yaw Control adds to the mechanical grip, using steering and throttle inputs to devise the proper torque-split front and rear. The suspension is composed and predictable and the Mitsu corners flatly and a new front-right outer tie rod reduces play. New all-season tires were installed in our shop on the OZ Racing alloys. The new rubber will last for tens of thousands of miles to go and can be used year-round. The braking performance is top-tier as you might expect and the steering is communicative and on point. We have to hand it to Mitsubishi, this car is better than expected and drives like a million bucks, even twenty-five years after it rolled out of the factory.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB compliant first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.