FWIW....(and don't get the wrong idea, I'm not much for rumors)...
I've heard there's an Evo VII driving around Bloomington, IL(site of the Diamond Star plant where the Eclipse - among others - is made, it's common for them to have pre-production models around). Someone on our local CentralIllinoisImports.org forum asked someone they knew who works at the plant when the Evo VII would arrive at dealers & was told 7/1/02. But that's much sooner than I thought they would be here.
Central IL Region SCCA
93 VW Corrado/42GS