In 2001, Mitsubishi decided to compete in the WRC class rather than Group A; the Evolution VII was based on the slightly larger Lancer Cedia platform, which increased its weight over the Evo VI. Luckily, the Evo VII featured an active center differential, improved rear LSD and a new helical LSD up front. With forged aluminum suspension pieces, aluminum front fenders, hollow camshafts, a magnesium valve cover, Active Yaw Control (AYC) and increased chassis rigidity, the Evo VII was able to out-perform much more expensive cars. A smaller turbine housing, along with reworked intake ports, an improved intake manifold and a bigger intercooler boosted torque to 284 lb-ft and provided a broader power band. Horsepower remained capped at 276, in compliance with Japan’s “regulations.”
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