The legend is reborn. After a generation of rally-bred Mitsubishi Evo saloons, the company is on the verge of launching a new breed of Evo, depicted here in our artist’s impression: a four-wheel-drive superhatch that could pump out 250bhp.
Power would come from a heavily reworked version of the 1.5-litre turbocharged unit in the donor three-door Colt. Although the Evo plans are yet to be rubber-stamped, top execs, including motor sport boss Sven Quandt and design chief Oliver Boulay, have openly discussed the project.
They have confirmed a hot road-going spin-off from every car they race – which could signal the arrival of a Colt Evo to compliment a renewed push in the World Rally Championship for the 2006 season.
It will be based on the three-door Colt, seen in concept form in our scoop pictures below. Evo membership should be cheaper than ever, with prices rivalling the likes of the Mini Cooper S Works and Focus RS at £20k.
Although initial talk is of a Colt Evo with power ‘topping 200bhp’, Mitsubishi UK has both the experience and technical know-how to give that figure a substantial push. With a target weight of some 1100kg, it will endow the baby Evo with phenomenal performance: 0-60mph should take little more than 4.0sec, with a top speed around 140mph.