A few weeks ago, in a discussion with Mitsubishi global product director Gayu Eusegi, Autocar reported him saying that the current Lancer Evolution X would be the last of the Evos, thus allowing Mitsubishi to concentrate on building EVs and other fuel-efficient vehicles. However, after much backlash from enthusiasts in the form of numerous Facebook groups and petitions, Mitsubishi President and CEO Osamu Masuko has announced that the Evo X would not, in fact, be the last of the Evolutions.
“Production of the current Lancer Evolution X continues as planned,” he told Autocar, “As for its successor, regulations and market feedback will dictate its engineering package and architecture.” There’s nothing new there as it was previously stated that the current Evo X was supposed to stick around at least another year, until 2012.
However, Masuko continued on to say, “As the market’s needs and demands change, Mitsubishi is considering not advancing the Lancer Evolution concept in the same way as before, but to find a different direction for the Lancer Evolution model to evolve.”
What does that mean exactly?
The rumor has long been that the Evo XI would be a diesel-electric hybrid. Such a powertrain would allow the Evo XI to hustle to 0-60 MPH in under 5 seconds while still receiving better fuel economy than the current Evo. At this stage, anything can happen. Masuko concluded the interview by saying, "The new direction, the technologies involved, and corresponding products will be disclosed in due course."
Back in the 90’s, Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution high-performance program was one of the most popular things to come out of Japan. Those days sure were fun for Mitsubishi.
Unfortunately, the Evolution program doesn’t hold the same cache as it used to, but nevertheless, it still carries a lot of weight as far as performance cars are concerned.
Bulgarian tuning firm, Vilner, is determined to bring the Lancer EVO X back to prominence with interior upgrades and even brought in one of its contemporaries, Overdrive, to take care of the exterior and performance improvements.
Inside the Lancer EVO X, Vilner decked it out with a black leather upholstery to go along with white colored accents and stitching. The roof lining has been outfitted with black Alcantara while the steering wheel and gear lever were treated with carbon trim. Rounding out Vilner’s work is a pair of OMP front bucket seats with a piano black decorative trim. Outside, Vilner also put in new LED lights on the car’s headlamps and taillights, replacing the standard lights the car comes in.
Meanwhile, the Lancer EVO X’s exterior was treated with carbon elements to go along with a Greddy exhaust system, an adjustable K-sport suspension, and a set of 18” Weds Sports alloy wheels. Under the hood, Overdrive also gave the car a power kit that spikes the output of the car’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine all the way up to 400 horsepower.
The Mitsubishi Lancer used to be one of the most popular cars to come out of Japan. Used to be.
Today, the Lancer has become more of an afterthought as rival automakers have come out with vehicles that have leapfrogged the Lancer in terms of sales and popularity. That, however, hasn’t stopped Mitsubishi from releasing a special edition Lancer exclusively for the UK market. Based on the Lancer 1.5 GS2 hatchback, the special edition Lancer 1.5 Juro comes chalk-full with a lot of nice upgrades, especially on the interior, making it a little more attractive than a standard Lancer.
From the outside, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of improvements on this Lancer that justifies its special edition designation, but over at the interior is where the upgrades are evident.
As for the price tag, the Lancer 1.5 Juro’s sticker doesn’t jump out of the screen, coming in at an affordable £14,749 or about $23,400 if you want to base it on current exchange rates. Not that it matters because the car isn’t coming here anyway.
Details on the Mitsubishi Lancer 1.5 Juro after the jump.
Speed freaks and adrenaline junkies alike all get geeked up when they hear about a new package from tuning firm, AMS Performance. It’s not enough that these tuners just created an Alpha 10 package for the Nissan GT-R that broke the World Record for Quickest and Fastest GT-R running a 9.3 at 153mph in the quarter mile with a full weight street car. No, these guys had to keep on trucking with a new package for one of their other rides: the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. The Mitsubishi Evo 900X comes with killer engine upgrades and some minor aerodynamic changes.
The power for the Evo 900X circles around the 2.2 liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine with Kelford cams and valve springs. The added turbo kit gets this engine ready for just about any paved road with an AMS boost control solenoid kit, an AMS front mount intercooler, AMS intercooler piping, a Tial QR blow off valve, and an AMS 3” racing series exhaust. The quick-spooling turbocharger allows the vehicle to "fire off 10 second passes at the drag strip" and provides "enough low end torque to corner exit with the best of them." All of these engine mods combined will get the customer 900 HP and a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds.
Next to the engine upgrade, the 900X package also includes a carbon fiber aerodynamic package, upgraded brakes, and an upgraded suspension.
Hit the jump to see Inside Line’s test on the track.
Before we even begin to go into the second episode of Top Gear USA, we have to admit that we had to set an alarm to remind ourselves to watch it. That doesn’t exactly say much about the show’s first episode, but we actually did see some sort of improvement with this one.
This episode was a little different than the first one as Adam Ferrara kind of took a back seat to Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust. That wasn’t exactly a bad thing considering that the actor/comedian was bland and uninspiring during the first episode. The chemistry was better between the three, but the music still sucked.
Enough about all that, let’s move on to the actual meat and potatoes of the show. In this episode we got to see Wood take on the Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Tanner Foust put two skiers to the test while driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, and all three men learn a little something about drifting in a Nissan 370Z. Yes, Tanner Foust is a drift champion, but that may or may not help him during this challenge. Oh yeah, and some British guy takes on the Suzuki SX4.
Hit the jump to check out the details of Top Gear USA, Episode Two.
Mitsubishi UK is offering a new limited edition Lancer with plenty of features and a small price tag. It’s called the 2.0 DI-D Juro and will be limited to 1,000 units each priced at only £14,999.
This new special edition will be distinguished by black leather and 16" 5-Spoke alloy wheels. Other, less luxurious features include air conditioning, cruise control, front fog lamps, steering wheel audio controls, leather steering wheel and gear shift knob, front and rear electric windows, iPod socket, electric and heated door mirrors, and color keyed rear spoiler.
With a sticker price as small as it has, one would think that’s all you got, but Mitsubishi has surprised us all by adding some neat technologies to the sedan. These technologies include a Kenwood high specification multimedia system, integrated Garmin Satellite Navigation, Parrott Bluetooth, iPod connection, and a reversing camera. It also includes a steering wheel control interface allowing the operation of the factory-fitted steering wheel mounted controls.
The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer 2.0 DI-D Juro will be offered with a choice of six exterior colors: Cool Silver, Stone Grey, Orient Red, Amethyst Black, Lightening Blue, and Frost White.
Mitsubishi has unveiled details on the 2011 Lancer Evolution, a model that will be offered in two versions: GSR and MR. For 2011, the sporty sedan gets a few exterior updates and some new technologies.
The 2011 Lancer Evolution GSR models get a large rear spoiler, while the MR version receive a stylish low-key rear lip spoiler. The exhaust system has also been tuned for an even more sporty-sounding exhaust note. The list of new technologies includes a FUSE hands-free link system, real-time traffic, and USB auxiliary input.
Under the hood there is a 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve inline-4 engine that delivers 291 HP with a full 300 lb.-ft. of torque produced at a much lower 4,000 rpm. The engine can be mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed Twin Clutch Sportronic-Shift transmission. Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system (MIVEC) works on both the intake and exhaust camshafts for optimized power production and cleaner exhaust emissions. This turbocharged/intercooled engine’s compression ratio is 9.0:1.
Mitsubishi in Australia has announced some updates for the 2011 Lancer, including the addition of a new SX model. This model will slide between the ES and the VR. There have been other changes to the overall lineup as well.
The car will get improved sound insulation, a USB port, color LCD display and welcome lights have been fitted on every model. If you opt for the VR, VRX, or Ralliart it will now come with Bluetooth.
The new SX model will come with a standard leather steering wheel with audio controls, a rear spoiler, and 16-inch wheels. The SX, ES, and VR will get the 2.0-liter MIVEC engine that will put out 152 horsepower and 198 Nm of torque.
The VRX and the Aspire sedan will get a 2.4-liter motor with 168 horsepower and the Ralliart will feature the Evolution’s inter-cooled and turbocharged 2.0-liter MIVEC motor with 237 horsepower.
Available color choices across the range include Champagne, Cool Silver, Mystic Blue, Lightning Blue, Effect Grey, Red, Black, and White in the ES, VR, and VRX models, with the Aspire available in Champagne, White, Red, Cool silver, Effect Grey, and Black. The Lancer Ralliart models are available in Red, Black, Cool Silver, White, and Lightning Blue.
The SX, ES, VR, VRX, and Ralliart models can come in either sedan or Sportback variants, with the Aspire only being offered in a sedan.
We always like getting new videos from Top Gear or Fifth Gear because, when we do, we are always guaranteed an exciting trip down whatever fantasy they have in store. Back in June, Fifth Gear treated us all to a virtual ride-along in the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet and Audi R8 Spyder, and that was as surreal an experience as one could get. The treats can’t stop there, however, so Fifth Gear has provided yet another dreamlike comparison for us to revel in. In their latest episode, the guys from Fifth Gear have decided to pit two of the most amazing sports cars against each other: the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X FQ-400 and the Nissan GT-R.
The first of them, the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X FQ-400, gets four new high-flow fuel injectors, a new hybrid turbocharger that reduces lag, an upgraded intercooler to handle the additional boost, and a full 3 inch stainless steel exhaust that spits the spent gasses out of a centrally mounted tail pipe. The result is a peak output of 403 HP and 387 lb-ft of torque and a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.
The second machine, theNissan GT-R, zips around in an engine that produces 473 HP at 6400rpm and maximum torque of 433 lbs-ft from 3200 to 5200rpm. The car sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds.
You might not like him and you might not watch his show, but car guys know that Jay Leno is a huge petrol head. In this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, Leno takes a look at the new CamberTires. We aren’t quite sure what to make of these new wheels, but one thing is for certain, they’re different than anything you will find on most cars.
The inventor of the tire, John Scott, visited with Leno in his most recent episode. He attempted to convince Leno and his viewers that the new tire will increase grip, reduce tire wear, and improve handling. Only one way to find out.
Sadly, we don’t get to see Jay trying these tires out. Instead, he uses a test driver to take a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution around some tight curves to see how they work. Maybe it’s insurance reasons or timing issues, but we are pretty sure that Leno would have been more than happy to test out the tires himself. Or maybe he is just waiting it out to make sure the tires are safe before trying them out himself. Either way, enjoy the video!