2007 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X Preview

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With an exterior that brings over the full flavor of Lancer Evolution’s spartan road machine image and a better quality interior with a functional layout that encourages the driver to concentrate solely on operating his machine, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X will point to a new-age Evolution design that is as handsome and purposeful as it is functional.

Mitsubishi has previewed its upcoming Lancer Evo X with two show cars: the Concept-Sportback displayed at Frankfurt and the Concept-X, that was unveiled at Tokyo. While the Sportback is a hatchback, the Concept-X is a sedan and therefore even closer to the new Evolution X we’ll see in 2007. Built using a new platform co-developed with DaimlerChrysler Chrysler , the Concept-X has a 122 cui turbo four engine producing 300 bhp, a twin-clutch transmission, a further-developed all-wheel-drive system, and lightweight, all-aluminum bodywork. Best of all, the design leaves the current car’s econobox roots far behind.

 
Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X Preview

Competition

 

The main competitor for the EVO has been for several years the Subaru Impreza WRX STI. An exponent of Subaru’s involvement in the WRC the Impreza WRX STI is powered by a turbocharged and intercooled 152 cui DOHC boxer engine producing 300 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 300 lb-ft of peak torque at 4,000 rpm. Teamed exclusively to a 6-speed manual transmission, the engine can propel the WRX STI from zero-to-60 mph in under five seconds. Power is transferred to all four wheels by a sophisticated Subaru Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system with Driver Controlled Center Differential (DCCD) to optimize performance in all conditions.

A more distant competitor would be the Audi S4, also featuring 4WD, but fed by a naturally aspirated 344 bhp V8. It’s “Quattro” four wheel drive system is also a result of Audi’s former involvement in rally events, but it is nowadays more tarmac oriented. Unfortunately Audi’s luxury class services cost twice as much.

 

Body & chassis

 

For the new EVO there will be made extensive use of aluminum in the roof, engine hood and other body panels. Chassis performance will be substantially improved with the introduction of Mitsubishi’s latest 4WD-based Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamics control system. The incarnation of driving pleasure, this highly advanced technical specification will make EVO X a showcase on wheels for Mitsubishi Motors’ quintessential road performance technology.

 

As the Concept X shows we can expect a form with lines that are purposeful and handsome; a form that symbolizes the New Mitsubishi Motors Design while retaining the spartan performance image that defines the Lancer Evolution series.

 

The exterior design will be distinguished by its eye-catching oversized grille, the front visage borrows design cues from a jet fighter to hint broadly at the huge quantities of air it draws in and at the car’s road-hugging stability. The brand-identifying 3-diamond logo on the leading edge of the engine hood is another distinguishing element of the new-age Evolution design.

 

The interior will follow the simple and functional layout, put together in a design that encourages the driver to concentrate fully on operating his machine. The black keynote interior color will use silver counterpoints to impart the material look of aluminum and create a more dynamic and athletic looking interior space.

 

The chassis will use a ring-structure frame design, that will realize a significant increase in body stiffness, while the use of aluminum in the engine hood, trunk lid, fenders, roof and front and rear door panels will reduce weight. Reducing weight in the roof and upper parts of the body lowers the center of gravity, while weight reduction in the doors, engine hood, trunk and other peripheral elements reduces the moment of inertia for better steerability. Weight reduction, lowering the center of gravity and reducing the moment of inertia all contribute to better motive performance and better handling.

 
 
Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X Preview

Expected Vehicle Dimensions

 

Overall length (in) 1783

Overall width (in) 720

Overall height (in) 578

Wheelbase (in) 1043

Track: F/R (in) 616 / 616

 
 

Suspension

 

Front: McPherson strut with inverted shock absorber and forged aluminum lower control arm, front strut tower brace

Rear: Multi-link wishbone configuration using forged aluminum lower control arms, stabilizer bar, front strut tower brace

Working in concert with Mitsubishi Motors’ "Roll Control Suspension" technology, this design will deliver very high levels of ride and road holding.

 

Brakes

 
Front: Brembo 12.6” ventilated discs, 4 pistons caliper
Rear: Brembo 12” ventilated discs, 2 pistons caliper
 

The Sport ABS system’s ECU uses information from a steering angle sensor that detects steering inputs as well as from lateral G and vehicle speed sensors to apportion pressure to each of the four wheels independently. The result is improved steering response under braking.

 

The Electronic Brake Force Distribution system optimizes allocation of braking force between the front and rear wheels. Increasing the pressure applied to the rear wheels when braking close to the limit, EBD reduces the load on the front wheels to realize better anti-fade performance. The system also compensates for changes in surface and vehicle load conditions to ensure predictable and consistent stopping performance at all times.

 
Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X Preview

Steering

 

Power assisted rack and pinion steering with quick gear ratio (13:1), turns lock to lock: 2.1

 

Tires/Wheels

 

Tires: Yokohama ADVAN high-grip 255/35R20

Wheels: Enkei light weight high-strength aluminum 17*8 JJ
 

Engine & transmission

 

 In the mechanical components department, MITSUBISHI EVO X will mate a turbocharged aluminum cylinder block MIVEC engine to a high-performance 6-speed auto-manual transmission.

 

It will also showcase Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamics control technology. A further step up the evolutionary ladder of Mitsubishi Mitsubishi Motors four-wheel drive traction and handling technology well proven in the Lancer Evolution and other series, S-AWC will realize cutting-edge levels of vehicle dynamics control. Based on Mitsubishi’s full-time 4WD system, as used in Lancer Evolution, that is built around ACD*3 and Super AYC*4 component technologies, S-AWC adds Active Brake Control, Active Steering System and Roll Control Suspension technologies to realize a fully integrated system.

 

Another addition will be the ACD (Active Center Differential), which incorporates an electronically controlled hydraulic multi-plate clutch. An ECU optimizes clutch cover clamp load for different driving conditions, regulating the differential limiting action between free and locked states. The result is improved steering response together with better traction. ACD will provide three modes - Tarmac / Gravel / Snow - to enable quicker control response for changes in road surface.

 
Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X Preview

Engine  Aluminum Inline-4

Position Front, Transverse
Aspiration Twin Scroll Turbocharger Intercooler
Valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl MIVEC VVT
Fuel feed Electronic Fuel Injection
Displacement 121.9 cu in
Power 213.3 kw / 286 bhp @ 6500 rpm (expected)
Hp per litre 143.21 bhp per litre
Torque 300 ft lbs @ 3500 rpm (expected)
Redline  7000
 

Cockpit

 

In good Lancer Evolution tradition standard Recaro bucket seats are expected, featuring Alcantara upholstery to keep occupants comfortable even on long journeys, while generous side bolsters featuring real leather accents will help hold passengers securely in place during spirited driving. The new seat configuration will also make it easier to slip in and out of the vehicle, while adding a touch of understated luxury.

The driver will be strapped in front of a racing-inspired new dark titanium color, three-spoke, height-adjustable Momo steering wheel. Aluminum accelerator, brake and clutch pedals will provide additional cues to the Lancer Evolution X’s high-performance roots. Rich, carbon fiber-style instrument, center and shift panels will further illustrate this is not your typical compact sedan - designed as much for rally-racing as everyday driving.

 
Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X Preview

The On-Board Multi-Media System will complement the interior design in the way it will encourage a dialogue between driver and machine. A high-definition LCD monitor (featured on the Concept X) if available on the production version will provide a real-time display of vehicle and S-AWC operating status while also displaying on-board navigation system maps and DVD audio controls.

 

Manufacturer Waranty

 

As part of Mitsubishi Motors’ "Best-Backed Car" program, all models are backed by a comprehensive new vehicle limited warranty that covers the vehicle from bumper to bumper for five-years/60,000 miles. In addition, the powertrain is covered by a 10-year/100,000 mile limited warranty, while body panels have a seven-year/100,000 mile anti-corrosion/perforation limited warranty. The "Best-Backed Car" program also includes 24-hour emergency roadside assistance with free towing to the nearest authorized Mitsubishi Motors retailer for warranty-related repairs for five years/unlimited miles.

 

Closing comments

 

The hot sedan definition is about to see it’s tenth incarnation. Leaving behind the boxy-dull design, featuring a brand new chassis and being refreshed with the latest rally racing technology brought to public streets the Mitsubishi Lancer Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X is about to hit our harts in 2007. Let us hope everything will go as expected and every Evo’s fan itchy hand will get to overturn that “Momo” steering-wheel soon enough.

Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X Preview

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40 comments:

"you dumb a-------rschris it has already has bin confirmed wat i already said the evo x can only do 0-60 in 5secs while the sti does it in just 4.5 so there u have it a-------clown the sti is faster better an has a move aggressive appeal to it...damn ricers"
My ’93 Dodge Stealth does 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. It also has all wheel drive and all wheel steering. Its a 14 year old car and keeps up with the STi. My Sealth has 320 hp; the same as that crappy STi.

performance bein unreal? are u serious yo the evo ix was faster than that it did 0-60 in 4.7secs this evox in comparison

The Evo looks amazing, and the performance is unreal !

you dumb rschris it has already has bin confirmed wat i already said the evo x can only do 0-60 in 5secs while the sti does it in just 4.5 so there u have it clown the sti is faster better an has a move aggressive appeal to it...damn ricers

good work on the artist impressions smiley

Huge info article for a preview, nice work.

you stupid dumb if evo’s were so much better than sti’s in racing then why in the hell did mitsubishi pull out of the wrc league, do u kno that ans? i guess not since ur so friggin retarded but don’t worry i’ll educate ur they left cuz they were tired of gettin their asses whipped up on the floor by subaru thats in why....ya damn no nothin y

Listen you idiot, the Evo always has! always will! and forever will be the more superior car than the Scabaru! they are slow, understeer, built like crap, hit 45,000miles you need new pistons, the new Evo X will be far superior! subaru have never been a spec on the Evolution.

look here kid don’t com round here talkin bout who don’t have their damn facts strait cuz for ur info. the new sti has 320hp an does 0-60 in 4.5 secs which is alot faster than that piece of evo does.....so take that wit ya dip stick....damn ricer

Motortrend got first dibs on this one and the Dyno there recorded 300 bhp @ 6500 RPM and 300 Lb @3500 0-60 in mid 4 sec. badestofthebad, by new, if you mean the ’07 WRX/STi 2.5 L/300 hp/300 lb-ft DOHC 16-valve flat-4 with the LISTEN HERE: 4.7 0-60, its no contest. X is running on a 2.0 L MIVEC engine and matches the 2.5 of that toy. THe S-AWC of the X combines ACD, AYC, Anti Skid Control, a four-wheel-drive controller, and a host of sensors that measure steering angle, throttle position, wheel speed, yaw rate, and brake pressure. S-AWC to provide ideal handling. Get YOUR facts straight.
 TB

listen ’cvince’ wat are U talkin bout u say this thing does 4.2 secs? yeah rite the article says less than 5 for all we kno that cud be just 4.8 as far as a possible guess an quarter mile times are in the 12.5 sec range get ur facts strait kid.....an the new STI does 0-60 in only 4.5 evo will be destroyed an mitsubishi will be sent back tot he drawing board

the sti will tear this evo x a part

Guy’s, the new Evo is not comeing out with an automatic, its a DSG. A DSG is like a motor cycle transmission only its computer controlled. Basiclly its a straight shift with 2 clutches. One clutch takes it out of gear and the other puts it in, like an indy car. This transmision is kinda like the one volkswagon has, or Porsch only its supposed to be better. This DSG transmision will shift faster than a standard will. You can choose to shift with the pattles or just leave it in auto mode, but it is a manual transmision make no mistakes about it. The only thing is like a bike, you can’t skip a gear. I am buying this car when it comes out but till I drive both I don’t know which version I will get.

Remember this transmision is computer controlled, no missed gears you can’t screw it up.

I just heard through the grape vine that they are going to offer a 6 speed manuel. So for all you haters I dare you to try to keep up.

Im sorry but if all they are going to use is an automatic transmission then my Legacy GT will eat it alive. I like the evo alot but I think they messed up when they decided not to use a manuel transmission.

It looks different from the other Evo Models All I can Say is the The WRX STI is gonna have Competition.

do you know what you are talking about?

This car is in NO WAY a mazda 6 and an IS-F combined. First of all, the 6 is a bloody tank. It is 6 cylinders, it’s, damn huge, and it’s a bloody FF. In NO WAY are the two cars comparable in the performance standpoint. And the IS-F? It’s built for luxury and convenience first, with performance second. How can you even begin comparing apples and oranges?

Try to get your stock mazda 6 or IS-F to do 4.2s 0-60 times, or 12-13s quarter miles. These times are those of supercars, and the mazda 6 is not even close to being comparable to ANY Lan evo including the X in terms of performance.

About the X being a spaceship and not living up to its rally heritage, sure the X has even more advanced electronic systems, and a brand new transmission, but the Lan Evo, along with modern rally cars have always been high-tech. If you don’t like high-tech vehicles, then stay away from the Lan Evo alltogether. I have no clue why the you think the X is in any way inferior to the rest of the Evos. By releasing the X, Mitubishi is not being stupid at all.

Know a thing or two about cars before posting hater comments on here.

This car is a POS!!!!!

It is a mazda 6 and IS-F combined. This car will not sell well with current owners. You sure as hell wont see me trading in for that trash.

MISTU IS BEING SO STUPID!!

I think most ppl dont want to drive a space ship to work......

btw, does this car really hold up to the rally look it used to???

BE HONEST!

Don’t be hating man.

Chances are, this auto shifts faster than you do.

I bet you couldn’t even beat it if you had two manual clutches, and two clutch pedals.

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