Introduced in 2001, the seventh generation of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution – also known as the Evolution VII brought Mitsubishi’s purpose-bred rally platform into the new millennium, succeeding the Evolution VI. For the Evo VII, Mitsubishi based the car on the larger ‘Lancer Cedia’ platform in order to adhere to updated WRC rules rather than the Group A regulations previous Evolution iterations had been designed to meet. While this meant the Evo VII weighed more than the Evo VI, Mitsubishi added more electronic aids to improve the handling characteristics: with a new active centre differential, a more efficient active limited slip differential (as well as a front helical limited slip differential), along with further improvements to the turbocharged 2.0L 4G63 inline-four cylinder unit – with increased torque output and airflow thanks to a redesigned vented hood and front bumper, though power output remained the same at 280 PS. Just like preceding Evolution models, the Evo VII made a name for itself in various media about tuner and import cars: most famously as one of Paul Walker’s cars in ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’ that his character, undercover cop Brian O’Connor drove.
This is a 2001 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII GSR, finished in Scotia White with a Grey interior. It was imported from Japan and has resided in Hong Kong since 2002, though at this time no auction sheet can be provided detailing its initial condition from Japan. The current owner has spared no expense to keep this car in pristine condition outside, inside, and under the hood – having carried out much of the regular maintenance themselves as a demonstration of their love and care for this car. Maintenance carried out includes the installation of a new TPS MAP O2 Sensor, new air-conditioning compressor, OEM Engine Mounts, brand new clutch, a change of the water, oil, and AYC pumps. At around 70,000 km mileage, the cam-belts were all replaced. The current owner also reports the transfer box and rear differential were replaced, and a new set of Bridgestone Potenza RE-71R tyres were installed on this car last year.
The current list of modifications on this Evo VII consist of the following: an upgraded HKS GTII Kai Turbocharger (7460R) with an Autobahn 88 turbo outlet, BLITZ SUS Power air-intake, a GReddy intercooler, BLITZ radiator (with hoses and thermostat), a HKS down-pipe, HKS Super Silent Hi-Power exhaust, a Hi-Flow catalytic converter, as well as a HKS EVC-iR boost controller, HKS EIDS (idling stabiliser), a Ralliart ECU, and a TODA lightweight flywheel. Handling mods consist of front and rear ARB sway bars, a B-Pillar rear brace (that extends and goes across the rear footwells), a TEIN rear strut brace, Endless brake pads, DIXCEL front and rear PD brake discs, as well as OEM Evo VIII Enkei alloy wheels. This Evo VII has seven previous owners, a current mileage of 93,331km and a valid road licence 29th September, 2022.
The Scotia White exterior of this Evo VII has been preserved well over the years – this car may be twenty one years old, but none of the bodywork on visual inspection shows signs of its age and all of the Scotia White paint is reported by the seller to be original. Both front and rear bumpers, as well as the side skirts are intact with none displaying any surface damage. The prominent rear spoiler is also fully intact and holds up strong to keep this AWD-bred machine planted on the road. Both headlights and taillights have no surface scratches and all illuminate without any issues. Both front and rear doors, the bonnet and boot open and close without any issues – their latches and hinges are also free of any corrosion. The bonnet’s vents are also fully intact and do not show any damage. Both door mirrors are free of scratches. All four Enkei Evo VIII-derived wheels are free of any kerb rash. The window trim does display some wear, but as the current owner reports, these can easily be refurbished with some TLC to restore their original look. All of the exterior emblems and badges are present and none are missing any trim pieces.
Interior and Trim
Look inside and a classic driver-focused interior greets you – this Evo VII being a GSR model, it features more cabin amenities and features to make this rally-focused model more easier to both live and drive with. Both Recaro bucket seats are intact – with only the slightest amount of wear observed on the outer bottom bolsters for both the driver and the passenger’s seats. The dashboard and all of the plastic trim is intact. The door sills plates and the side door panels are free of any major wear. The specially made MOMO steering wheel is fully intact and shows no surface wear. The Ralliart gear shift knob, carbon fibre transmission panel and handbrake lever are in excellent condition. The Pioneer single DIN head unit functions normally and has no missing pixels in its LCD monitor – the same applies to the aftermarket Defi LCD gauges that all function normally. The air-conditioning blows cold and all of the plastic air-conditioning vents are intact. All of the interior buttons and switches do not display any major signs of wear.
Engine and Running Gear
Starting up the 2.0L 4G63 turbocharged four cylinder, the classic burble of Mitsubishi’s turbocharged unit was clearly audible – ever more prevalent thanks to the HKS Hi-Power exhaust this example possesses. Power delivery is excellent – a testament to the multiple running gear and handling modifications this Evo VII has currently installed – most prevalent being the TEIN rear strut brace that extends and intrudes into the rear footwell – allowing this rally-focused machine to change direction and remain composed through any degree of cornering. Pressing the AYC switch on the right side of the instrument panel allows the driver to set the differential to various terrains – from Tarmac to Snow. The manual transmission and all of its gears work normally – gear changes are accurate and direct. The factory original Brembo brakes were responsive as expected of a performance oriented car. The seventh iteration of the Lancer Evolution continued the model’s rivalry with Subaru’s WRX STI – both on the road and on the rally circuit. Bringing the nameplate into the early 2000s, this Evo VII is an excellent example that will surely satisfy any Mitsubishi or JDM enthusiast – exclusively available at the Car Farm.
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