There's something otherworldly about the Mitsubishi Evolution. Maybe it's the super-sized combo of four doors and a spoiler, two features that represent two different classes from two completely polar opposites. Or maybe it's the hustla'-certified Paul Wall-type grillz, better known as the intercooler, brightly situated at the front and center. Perhaps it's the factory turbo, 286 horses, all-wheel-drive format, and lightweight wheels that make the Evolution a sight to see anytime you see it on the freeway, streets, parking lots, car shows and magazines. It makes us want to put on our Timberlands, hike the Alps, and assess our position as self-determining agents responsible for the authenticity of our choices - or simply smoke herb and rethink life.
The Mitsubishi IX is the most diabolical of them all, the SoCo and lime of the entire bar, ready to spring you off your feet and lead you down a spiraling path of pure economic and automotive destruction. It'll make you wish you drowned a shot of cranberry juice with a zero-calorie Powerade chaser instead. Just ask Kyle Park of Long Island City, New York. His '06 Mitsubishi Evolution IX-SE is in a class all its own, a combination of traditional craftsmanship, new-wave couture, and technological dexterity that can make paperweights out of the latest Samsung handhelds. It's a celebration of distinguished flavors inside a celebrated ride.
"I built this car because it has a lot of potential," Kyle simply says, "It cost me about $50K to build and took me two years to complete." Though he didn't say much after that, his Evo sure did a lot of loud yapping - still is, in fact. Take a gander at the accompanying pictures. If the Porsche GT3RS green paint doesn't pique your interests, I'm sure the blinding red interior will make your blood flow like Volvic water. If those still didn't catch your fancy, maybe a glimpse of the engine bay will have you ripping open your Rocawear cardigan to rub the man-tatas like they belonged to Lauren London. If none of the above still makes you want to skip the entre and onto dessert, then sit back, relax, and prop up the Brixton castor fedora. A renaissance has just occurred and it's not in the form of a Kid Sister album.
We've come a long way since the release of the Evolution into the American wild. Kyle's take on the car is the perfect example of what has been accomplished and what needs to follow. The exterior is as pretty as the Manhattan skyline. The Do-Luck wide body kit is a seminal part of the chassis. It toughens up the already beefy Evo and creates the perfect canvas for the Voltex rear bumper, chrome orange graphics, JDM MR lighting, and carbon fiber hood and trunk. Of course, the custom green paint seamlessly combines them all together like an art gallery curator.
Within the walls is a sea of red courtesy of Bride and its signature color. The panels, headliner, back seats, and pillars were all wrapped in Bride fabric. The most notable is the custom-made dash, covered in Bride red and flawlessly put together like a Vera Wang wedding gown. The 330mm Personal steering wheel is soft to the touch, and the ARC titanium shiftknob is as cold as ice. The Defi gauges add the finishing touches to the beautiful interior that we wouldn't mind being trapped in if we were to face the tragic 405 freeway in rush hour traffic. All of which is a testament to Kyle's forwarded thinking sense and hard work. But it's in the engine bay where we can see Kyle's personal masterpiece.
"I did most of the installation," Kyle explains, "It gave me a lot of trouble since I didn't have any experience in installations before I started." From the looks of the engine, how well put it is, and how it hasn't blown up into smithereens, it seems Kyle has gone from novice to expert, which bring us to a very important point. Tuners don't tune anymore, and that's why Kyle's Evo shoots for the win. The most telling feature is the little snail hiding underneath all the piping. It's called the Power Enterprise RX6R turbo kit, laying pipe all its own. Coming strong along with an exhaust manifold, external wastegate, and downpipe, the RX6R packs a powerful punch in its compact and lightweight ball bearing turbine. It can produce up to 600 whp and perfectly matches the Evo's engine spec. Kyle managed to pull 413 horses from it and never looked back.
Inside the cylinder head is a set of 1000cc Power Enterprise fuel injectors spewing fuel at maximum velocity. With the help of a Walbro fuel pump, these fuel injectors help keep the combustion chambers in full blast. The ARC induction box air intake sucks up the much needed atmospheric air and the Monster Sports titanium cat-back exhaust pushes out the spent air left behind by the motor. The engine is modified in every way from fender to fender. From the ARC titanium gradation spark plug cover and Mine's straight pipe to the Samco lower radiator hoses and Signal engine torque damper, Kyle put in work like a Ne-Yo remix single. To top it off, it's one sexy looking engine bay, the type you fall in love with after a long hiatus from the ex-girlfriend who cheated on you.
Of course all the power and craftsmanship would be all for naught if Kyle stuck with the stock suspension and wheels. So underneath the chassis, Kyle cleaned up and replaced the springs with a set of Zeal Function Xs coilovers. He also got rid of the stock alloys and upgraded to 18-inch AME TM-02 wheels, coming in gun black. He also added a fresh array of suspension goodies, starting with the titanium strut bar, 6-point underbrace, and Cusco rear sway bar. Kyle also made sure the stoppers were fresh to def, so he went with one of the most comprehensive brake upgrades, starring what seemingly is the entire lineup of Endless brake products: brake lines, front and rear calipers, rotors, and even brake fluid. If this brake setup still doesn't stop the Evo, Spiderman and his super web couldn't stand a chance.
But it's really not a matter of what Kyle put in his Evo, how long it took to finish, or even how much he spent building it. It's a matter of style and individuality. Kyle blurs the line between art and mechanism, between high class and low. He managed to take an otherworldly product into another realm, all while doing things himself. If his Evolution was the representation of all things tuner, aftermarket, and automotive, and if we lived in a life ruled by Family Feud trivia, survey says...ding ding!
2006 Mitsubishi Evolution IX-SE
Owner kyle park
Hometown long island city, NY
Daily Grind videographer
Power 413 hp @6500 rpm; 363 lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm
Under The Hood HKS camshafts, cam gears; Supertech valve springs, titanium retainers; Power Enterprise RX6R turbo kit (IHI RX6R turbo, exhaust manifold, external wastegate, downpipe) 1000cc fuel injector, timing belt; Walbro fuel pump; ARC induction box air intake, titanium gradiation spark plug cover, aluminum radiator, radiator cap, oil cap, front mount intercooler, oil catch can, induction box, titanium upper intercooler pipe, upper radiator pipe; Monster Sports titanium cat-back exhaust; Mine's straight pipe; Samco lower radiator hose; custom aluminum turbo inlet pipe and lower intercooler pipe; Project Kics magnetic oil drain bolt; Braille carbon-fiber race battery with mounting bracket; Signal engine torque damper; clear cam gear cover
Drivetrain Cusco twin-plate clutch
Brains HKS F-Con pro stand-alone ECU, EVC6 electronic boost controller
Stiff Stuff Original Runduce titanium front strut bar; Zeal Function Xs coilovers; Cusco rear sway bar; Carbing 4-point rear strut bar, 6-point underbrace
Rollers 18x10.5-inch AME TM-02 gun-black wheels; Dunlop Direzza sport Z1 star spec tires 275/35-18; Project Kics R40 lugnuts
Stoppers Endless SS brake lines, 6-piston front calipers, 4-piston rear calipers, 370mm front 2-piece slotted rotors, 332mm rear 2-piece slotted rotors, Dot-4 brake fluid
Outside JDM headlamps, taillamps; Blitz I-Burner; Do-Luck wide body kit, carbon-fiber trunk; Monster Sports carbon- fiber hood; Aero Catch hood pins; Varis carbon-fiber B-pillars; Porsche GT3-R3 green custom paint; OEM rain visors; Craft Square carbon-fiber sideview mirrors
Inside Bride Gias Maziora hyper red seats, seat rails, hyper black headliner, red door cards, red rear seat, red dash trim, red floor mats; Personal 330mm steering wheel; Works Bell rapfix, short hub; Takata racing harness; ARC titanium shift knob; J-Speed roll cage; Blitz I-Color powermeter
ICE Pioneer AVIC N4 head unit, iPod interface; Defi BF amber gauges
WWW blitz-performance.com; dunlop.com; endlessusa.com; hksusa.com; mackinindustries.com (ARC/Project Kics); more-japan.com (Bride); signalauto.com; tein.com (Takata)