Launched in 1998, the fifth generation of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo received an improved turbocharger for its 2.0-liter engine. While horsepower stayed the same as 276 hp as the model before it, torque was increased to 275 pound-feet (373 Newton-meters), up from the Evo VI’s 243 lb-ft (330 Nm).

As a result of the upgraded engine, the performance-oriented Mitsubishi sedan ran to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds and continued to accelerate until 147 mph (237 kph).