Although the Lancer nameplate goes all the way back to 1973, the sedan didn’t become the high-performance vehicle we all know today until the early 1990s. It was 1992 when Mitsubishi launched the Lancer Evolution , a beefed-up version of the standard Lancer originally intended for the Japanese market. Its immediate success prompted Mitsubishi to sell it globally, and the Lancer Evo legend was born. No less than ten generations have been developed since then, with the first nine built through 2006. The most recent iteration, the Evolution X, has been in production since October 2007 as a 2008 model year but took a one-year break in 2009 only to return the following year. The 2015 model year will be the last for the Lancer Evo, with the iconic moniker to be retired all over the world.
Having been discontinued in many markets as of September 2014, the Lancer Evo X lives on for the 2015 model year in the United States with a host of updates and new features. Read on to find out more about the final version of the Evo X and the updates it received since its 2010 facelift.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2008-2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X.
Two trims are available in the United States, with the main exterior differences lying in the body.
The tenth-gen Lancer Evo is arguably the most aggressive-looking version of its kind. Sure, earlier models based on the sedan’s rally version had their appeal, but the 2007 redesign brought a whole styling approach that included more muscular lines and a menacing front fascia.
Two trims are available in the United States, with the main exterior differences lying in the body. The premium MR model sports a mild body kit and lacks a rear wing. The GSR, on the other hand, is a much more aggressive appearance, with beefier bumpers, reshaped side skirts, a large wing atop its trunk lid and lightweight wheels.
New For 2010
- Premium-themed MR trim level debuts.
- New side skirts for GSR
New For 2015
- Standard heated side view mirrors with turn indicators
- Color-keyed heat extractor vents, bright radiator front grille and beltline molding on MR trim
2010 - 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer - Exterior Dimensions
|Wheelbase||104.3 in. /2650 mm|
|Length||177.0 in. /4495 mm|
|Width||71.3 in. /1810 mm|
|Height||58.3 in. / 1480mm|
|Track, Front||60.8 in. /1545 mm|
|Track, Rear||60.8 in. /1545 mm|
|Min. Ground Clearance||5.5 in. /140 mm|
Although Mitsubishi has updated the Evo’s interior many times, the sedan is far from being a luxurious ride. Sure, some amenities make the Lancer Evolution a premium proposition, but the layout is simple, and plastic still covers most of the surfaces. Naturally, that didn’t stop the Evo from being a popular choice among sports-sedan enthusiasts interested in the performance and not the luxury features coming with a BMW 3 Series or an Audi A4. One quick look at those Recaro seats and you know the Lancer Evo is more than just a sedan aiming to take you from point A to B.
New For 2010
- A color multifunction display and a leather-wrapped parking break handle added
New For 2011
- All Evos received Fuse voice activation and real-time traffic updates
New For 2012
- Soft-touch door panels and an optional auto-dimming rearview mirror added
New For 2014
- New touchscreen interface and satellite radio standard
- Updated navigation system introduced as an option.
New For 2015
- A new Premium Package for the GSR model includes Sight and Sound Package plus leather seating, power glass sunroof, heated front seats, sound dampening enhancement and piano-black front console box with lids.
- 9-speaker 710-watt Rockford Fosgate sound system, fast-key entry system, auto on/off headlamps, enhanced sound dampening, and a piano-black front console bix with lids for MR trim
2010 - 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer - Interior Dimensions
|Head Room (with sunroof)|
|Front||40.6 in. /1031mm (39.5/1003)|
|Rear||36.9 in. /937 mm(36.9/937)|
|Front||42.5 in. /1080 mm|
|Rear||33.3 in. /846 mm|
|Front||54.7 in. /1389 mm|
|Rear||54.3 in. /1379 mm|
|Front||53.3 in. /1353 mm|
|Rear||54.1 in. /1374 mm|
|Passenger Volume||93.2 cu. ft. (91.8 cu. ft.)|
|Luggage volume||6.9 cu. ft.|
The unit generates 291 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 300 pound-feet at 4,000 rpm in both trim levels, but it mates to two different gearboxes.
Motivating the Lancer Evolution X is the same turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine Mitsubishi developed aeons ago. The unit generates 291 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 300 pound-feet at 4,000 rpm in both trim levels, but it mates to two different gearboxes. The MR comes with a six-speed twin-clutch transmission, while the GSR includes a short-throw, five-speed manual gearbox.
The latter is slightly more fuel efficient than the MR’s twin-clutch, returning 23 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city. The MR, on the other hand, is good for 22 mpg highway and 17 mpg city. On the flipside, the MR is quicker from 0 to 60 mph, needing 4.5 seconds to achieve the benchmark. The GSR takes 4.9 seconds. Top speed is rated at 146 mph for both models.
All models are equipped with the company’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC), an all-wheel-drive system developed to deliver enhanced traction and handling. This system is a combination of AWD and Active Yaw Control that directs engine torque to the outside or inside rear wheels depending on available traction. Translated, this means the wheels with the most grip on the road receive the most power, keeping the sedan on its best behavior. The Evo also includes an Active Center Differential, which comes with three driver-selectable modes: tarmac, gravel, and snow. Talk about having a rally car for the street.
2010 - 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer - Drivetrain/Specifications
|Type||2.0L MIVEC DOHC 16-valve Inline 4-cylinder, turbocharged/intercooled||2.0L MIVEC DOHC 16-valve Inline 4-cylinder, turbocharged/intercooled|
|Engine Code||4B11 T/C||4B11 T/C|
|Materials||Aluminum block/ aluminum cylinder heads||Aluminum block/ aluminum cylinder heads|
|Bore x Stroke||3.4 in. x 3.4 in. / 86.0 mm x 86.0mm||3.4 in. x 3.4 in. / 86.0 mm x 86.0mm|
|Displacement||2.0L /1998 cc||2.0L /1998 cc|
|Horsepower @ RPM (BHP)||291@6500 rpm||291@6500 rpm|
|Torque @ RPM (lb-ft.)||300 @4000 rpm||300 @4000 rpm|
|Redline||7000 rpm||7000 rpm|
|Emissions||50 State: Tier 2 bin 5 LEV II LEV||50 State: Tier 2 bin 5 LEV II LEV|
|Engine Oil Type||5W-30||5W-30|
|Recommended Fuel||Premium Unleaded,93[(MON+RON)/2] min||Premium Unleaded,93[(MON+RON)/2] min|
For 2015, the Lancer Evo’s pricing remains the same as the 2014 model year.
|Model||2008 MSRP||2010 MSRP||2011 MSRP||2012 MSRP||2013 MSRP||2014 MSRP||2015 MSRP|
|Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR||$32,900||$33,590||$34,095||$34,495||$34,695||$34,995||$34,995|
|Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR||$38,290||$38,990||$37,295||$37,695||$37,895||$38,195||$38,195|
The Subaru WRX and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo have been fighting for supremacy ever since the two clashed during the stages of the World Rally Championship series. While Mitsubishi kept the Lancer mostly unchanged since 2010, Subaru rolled out a brand-new WRX STI for the 2015 model year. The high-performance sedan carries Subaru’s familiar turbocharged, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder that delivers 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque in its updated guise. It enables the STI to run the 0-to-60-mph sprint in 4.5 seconds and comes with a top speed of 155 mph. A six-speed manual is the only transmission option.
Pricing for the WRX STI starts from $35,290 including destination and delivery. The STI Limited fetches $39,290 before any options.
Gallery Subaru WRX STI
It’s sad to see the Lancer Evolution X go, but it seems some good things come to an end eventually. I bet Mitsubishi will create a spiritual successor in the near future, but until then, make sure you get your hands on the last Evos out there. The sedan might be a bit dated overall, but it’s still a driver’s car that can deliver a lot of fun.
- Still an attractive sports sedan
- GSR trim is as good as any WRC-spec Evo
- Great performance for the buck
- Needs an updated engine
- Lacks the premium features that are common in its segment
- In dire need of a redesign
Gallery Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
Having been discontinued in many of the other markets around the world, Mitsubishi Motors’ legendary Lancer Evolution ultra-high-performance sports sedan continues on for the 2015 model year in the United States with a host of new amenities packages for the GSR trim level along with the welcome addition of numerous new features to the standard equipment package for the top-flight MR edition Lancer Evolution model. These new-for-2015 model year highlights include:
New heated side view mirrors with turn indicators and drop cup holder with lid
New Premium Package includes Sight and Sound Package plus leather seating, power glass sunroof, heated front seats, sound dampening enhancement and piano-black front console box with lids
9 speaker 710-watt Rockford Fosgate® premium sound system
FAST-key entry system
Auto dimming rearview mirror
Auto on/off headlights
Color-keyed heat extractor vents, bright radiator front grille and beltline molding
Sound dampening enhancement
Piano-black front console box with lids
The 2015 Lancer Evolution’s standard features include Mitsubishi Motors’ convenient and user-friendly FUSE Hands-Free Link System® that allows users to wirelessly connect to their Bluetooth®-enabled cell phone, iPod® or USB drive by using voice commands; automatic climate control; leather-wrapped sport steering wheel with cruise and audio controls; an aerodynamically-enhancing rear diffuser; a pronounced rear deck lid spoiler (standard on GSR) or a lower-profile rear lip spoiler (standard on MR).
Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC): High-Tech AWD Bred for the World Rally Championship
One of the most sophisticated all-wheel drive systems ever developed for a production car, the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, working in concert with the Lancer Evolution’s superbly engineered suspension, provides an otherworldly degree of performance and tractability for the 2015 Lancer Evolution.
What’s more, to more precisely maximize the S-AWC system’s performance, the driver can choose between three selectable traction mode settings – "Tarmac," "Gravel" and "Snow," the latter setting providing maximum tractability and performance in poor weather/road conditions and/or on low- grip surfaces.
The S-AWC system found in Mitsubishi Motors’ four-door sports car includes numerous high-tech components/systems to deliver such a remarkable level of traction and agility: Active Yaw Control (AYC), Active Center Differential (ACD), Active Stability Control (ASC) and Sport Anti-lock Braking (ABS).
Active Yaw Control (AYC)
Controls torque distribution to the vehicle’s rear wheels through brake force control from the Active Stability Control (ASC) system, as well as from the planetary gear rear differential and yaw rate sensors.
Active Center Differential (ACD)
Manages the power routed to the wheels via an electronically-controlled multi-plate clutch based on a number of parameters including throttle opening, individual wheel speeds, and steering wheel angle. The Active Center Differential (ACD) allows for up to a 50:50 torque split between the front and rear wheels.
Active Stability Control (ASC)
ersees the traction and stability control systems and helps prevent wheel slip and regulates brake force and power distribution at each individual wheel for improved traction and stability when cornering.
Sport Anti-lock Brakes (ABS)
Utilizes data from the yaw rate sensors and the S-AWC system, along with advanced brake pressure, to rapidly decelerate the vehicle with exceptional control and aplomb.
The Lancer Evolution’s suspension features inverted MacPherson struts up front with a multilink design at the rear, with suspension control arms composed of aluminum (the Lancer Evolution’s hood, roof, front fenders and front and rear bumper beams are also made from the strong yet lightweight alloy).
Every 2015 Lancer Evolution is fitted with a race-ready Brembo® braking system with 4-piston calipers with 13.8-inch diameter rotors (front) and 2-piston calipers with 13.0-inch diameter rotors (rear), 4-channel Sport ABS and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). The MR trim level further increases the performance quotient thanks to the fitment of lightweight two-piece Brembo® brake rotors up front (saving 2.9 lbs. of unsprung weight at each wheel), accompanied by Bilstein dampers and Eibach springs at all four corners.
Additional road-hugging performance is attained through the addition of high-grip 245/40R18 Yokohama ADVAN asymmetrical performance tires wrapped around 18 x 8.5-inch wheels (Enkei cast-alloy on GSR and BBS® forged-alloy on MR) at all four corners.
High Potency Turbocharged/Intercooled Powerplant
Based on the design that powered Finnish racing legend Tommi Mäkinen to four straight titles in the grueling World Rally Championship (WRC), the turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine found beneath the hood of every 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution model delivers instantaneous power and torque at virtually any rpm within the powerband.
Consisting of a reinforced cast-aluminum block and an aluminum cylinder head and fitted with the latest edition of Mitsubishi Motors’ innovative MIVEC variable valve-timing system, this impressive engine’s architecture features a "square" design as both its bore and stroke measure an equal 86.0 mm, accompanied by a compression ratio of 9.0:1.
The power output from this whirlwind of an engine is rated at 291 horsepower at 6,500 rpm with a full 300 lb.-ft. of torque starting at the 4,000 rpm level.
The Lancer Evolution’s distinctive and throaty exhaust note is due to the free-flowing dual exhaust outlets. The stainless steel exhaust manifold and turbocharger are located at the rear of the transversely-mounted engine and close to the firewall, which helps to improve weight distribution.
Lancer Evolution models are available with two distinct transmissions – a rifle bolt-precise short-throw 5-speed manual transmission for the GSR trim level with the premium MR model rapidly toggling through its gears in a split-second thanks to its highly advanced and lightning-quick 6-speed Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST).
Shifting almost instantaneously up or down through the gears via paddle shifters behind the steering wheel or by the console-mounted gear selector, the twin-clutch transmission utilizes a pair of multi-plate wet clutches to perform its rapid-fire shifting duties at a much faster rate than that of a conventional automatic transmission or manual gearbox.
Furthermore, Lancer Evolution pilots get to choose between three automatic drive modes to get the most out of the Twin-clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST): "Normal," "Sport" and "S-Sport." In "Normal" mode, the vehicle drives similar to most automatic transmission-equipped vehicles. With the "Sport" mode, shift points are moved higher up in the rev range, with the actual shifts occurring at a quicker pace. The "S-Sport" level kicks things up a notch, holding each gear closer to the redline – the ultimate drive mode for competition days out on the race track.
The 5-speed manual transmission-equipped GSR model has an EPA fuel economy rating of 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway with the dual-clutch TC-SST transmission-equipped MR version achieving 17 mpg city/22 mpg highway.
Exemplary Safety Features and Mitsubishi Motors’ Outstanding Warranty
Owners of the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution will find protection not only in the form of advanced safety features and technologies included on every vehicle as part of its standard equipment package but will also benefit from the Japanese auto manufacturer’s outstanding vehicle warranty.
Helping to protect the vehicle’s occupants in the event of an accident are Mitsubishi Motors’ patented next-generation Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) technology to help disperse energy from the cabin section as well as the fuel system; a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS); and a supplemental restraint system (SRS) with occupant sensors and a total of seven (7) air bags: a driver’s side knee air bag, two front air bags, two seat-mounted side-impact air bags and two side curtain air bags.
Every 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution model includes an extensive vehicle protection program consisting of a 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 7-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion perforation limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain limited warranty (applicable to the vehicle’s original purchaser); and a 5-year/unlimited mile roadside assistance program.