Evolution can be defined as the change in the inherited characteristics over successive generations. However in the case of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, the change has been in the mechanical characteristics which has resulted in ten generations of insanely epic cars, popularly known as the Lancer Evo. Mitsubishi has decided to axe the Evolution series, replacing it with an even insane sports car due next year. This new car could use a hybrid powertrain but the Evo will be dearly missed.

Mitsubishi launched the first Lancer Evolution in 1992 which was conceptulatized as a high performance version of the Lancer. The vehicle was made only for the Japanese market but demand overseas resulted in high grey market imports. This made Mitsubishi offer the Lancer Evo in other markets and the latest generation Evo X was launched in India a few years back. HM has however pulled the plug on the Evo X in India, with the vehicle disappearing from the company’s website.

All the ten generations of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution have one thing in common. All are powered by a 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, producing in excess of 240 HP of power. There have been various options too with the most extreme one being the FQ-400 of the Evo X, whcih produces 410 PS of power and 542 Nm of torque. The Evo has captured rallies like no other vehicle with its advanced 4-wheel drive system helping it to put all that power down. Which generation Evo is your favourite? Our pick is the Evo VI.