In 1993, one year after the debut of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, the Evolution II was released, further improving on its predecessor’s already extraordinary power and driving performance.
Using technology and know-how gained through WRC competition, this model resolved its predecessor’s weaknesses to become even more powerful. Exterior differences include a front air dam extension and a redesigned rear spoiler.
The same OZ aluminum wheels as the WRC model are used. The inline 4-cylinder DOHC Model 4G63 turbo engine is equipped with an oversized intercooler and an oil cooler, and boasts a lower muffler exhaust pressure, higher turbo boost pressure, increased valve lift, and other improvements that boost maximum output to 256hp (maximum torque remains at 226 lb-ft).
The close-ratio transmission features low-geared 1st and 2nd gears (for better acceleration performance) and a double-cone synchro for 3rd and 4th gears. The clutch disc is made of an improved material that enhances both its feel and durability.
The wheelbase and front and rear track have all been increased to improve handling stability. Various chassis components have also been improved, including the stabilizer bars, lower control arms, and shocks, and the tuning was changed to raise the threshold of performance during cornering.
The improved brake pads provide better braking performance while the newly added mechanical limited-slip differential in the rear ensures better steering response going into a turn. Another highlight is the different tire size (205/60R15), accompanied by a wider rear wheel arch.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution II is much more refined than the Evolution. A total of 5,000 units of this limited edition (GSR and RS models) were sold.