The sixth-generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI appeared in 1999. The Lancer V, which dominated the 1998 WRC, had already achieved a high degree of perfection, but the Lancer VI outdoes it with even greater refinement and performance potential.
One notable change is a 1999 WRC-compliant exterior. The flat front air dam is fit inside the bumper silhouette, satisfying one requirement. The rear spoiler also meets WRC size limits. Changes In Vie bumpers enlarge air flow openings improving cooling efficiency while reducing air resistance.
The rear spoiler is smaller but compensates for the drop in downforce with a twin-wing design. The interior offers new seat fabric, a blue instrument panel, and blue stitching for the steering wheel, shift knob, and shifter boot. This type of blue is the Lancer Evolution VI’s “official” color.
Although the basic numbers of the Model 4G63 DOHC inline 4-cylinder turbo engine are unchanged (maximum output: 276 hp, maximum torque: 275 lb-ft), the RS motorsports model features a turbocharger with the world’s first-ever titanium-aluminum alloy turbine wheel.
The RS also has an optional twin-plate clutch. A lowered front roll center provides better handling and response during sharp turns. The rear suspension features a longer rebound stroke for better grip, and the lower, trailing, and toe control arms are made of forged aluminum instead of the forged steel used in Evolution V, for less unsprung mass.
Body rigidity is increased, with thicker material, more spot welds, and adhesives for joined surfaces. The brakes have an improved caliper shape and a larger size for greater rigidity and stopping power. These are indeed thorough upgrades In keeping with the Lancer Evolution tradition.