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.
Fresh off of the 2011 North American International Auto Show, the next major auto event is ready to kick off in a little over a week’s time at the Windy City in Chicago. From February 9th-20th, the Chicago Auto Show will be the center of the automotive universe - in the US, at least - and is expected to draw a sizable number of manufacturers from all over the world.
Here at Topspeed, we make sure that you’re on top of everything as it pertains to these type of shows and just like Detroit, we’re here to give you a low-down on what cars to expect at the Chicago Auto Show.
We’ve compiled a list of cars that are scheduled to make their production debuts in Chicago, and to give you a better idea of what models to expect, we have the full low-down on all attending brands and the respective models that they’re expected to unveil next week.
The Geneva Auto Show is still two months away and Mitsubishi has already announced its lineup for the event. Among the many vehicles that are already on sale, Mitsubishi will also be bringing the Concept Global Small (show model). This concept car is really no different than all of the other small cars coming out as its main goal is to be compact, affordable, and highly fuel efficient.
The Concept Global Small is a preview version of a new model that will go into production starting March 2012 at the MMC’s third factory in Thailand. Despite its compact sizes, the new Concept Global Small offers enough interior room for five adults and offers good maneuverability and easy operation.
The concept will be powered by a choice of 1.0 or 1.2 liter compact engines equipped with a regenerative braking system and start-stop mechanism. Other features will include reduced running resistance in the engine, new-generation CVT, brakes, and tires, and a body shape that greatly reduces aerodynamic resistance.
The Concept Global Small will be sold in Thailand for 400,000 Thai baht (or $13,119 at the current rates).
Mitsubishi Colt is a car that usually attracts no buyers. But what if the car will look like this CS Concept designed by Gábor Farkas. His work is not just a futuristic design, but a car that looks almost production ready. And it follows in almost all lines Mitsubishi’s design language.
The Mitsubishi CS Design Concept features a Lancer inspired shark nose with an aggressive body shape and an interior inspired from the Outlander Sport. "During the winter holiday I had some time to speculate and this is how I imagine a Colt successor that Mitsubishi fans could like. When designing the conceptCS, the main goal was to summon the spirit of its ancestors. The design concept revives the Colt CA (92-96) with a touch of the C50 (88-92) model at the front, wrapped in Mitsubishi’s new jet-fighter design language. The interior is similar to that of the Outlander Sport/ASX/RVR.
The video starts about as normal as any dyno video we’ve seen in the past with students from Mech-Tech college in Ponce, Puerto Rico dyno testing the Evolution VII. But towards the end, the Evo begins to tug violently on its restraint before completely going out of control and falling off the dyno during it’s test run.
Fortunately, nobody got hurt from the accident, including the driver inside the car who may have escalated the accident by stepping on the brakes when the car began to fall off the dyno. Here’s to hoping that we don’t see any more of these accidents on the dyno anytime soon.
And speaking of hoping, we all hope that everybody involved in this accident has the right insurance to take care of it.
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.
A few days ago we brought news of a Ferrari 458 Italia that got an extra 11hp just by getting an Akrapovic exhaust system put in, and now we bring you another model that has received the same treatment. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X has had its output bumped with the use of a lighter exhaust system from Akrapovic.
A standard Evo X is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit that delivers 295 hp at 6,500 rpm and 366 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm. That’s not bad for a sports sedan, but with the new entry level slip-on exhaust system, which is 5 kilos lighter than the stock one, that output has been increased by 11 HP and 9 NM. Move up to the Evolution system, which is 16 kilos lighter than the stock, and the car finds itself with an extra 31hp and 26Nm of torque.
The new slipon exhaust system features a dual “split muffler” design that incorporates a unique cast titanium Y-shaped collector and flange assembly. The casting allows for a higher-flow and is more intricate than using cut and welded tubing. The
The new Evolution System includes the same two titanium mufflers, but adds a high-flow link pipe that bolts directly to the factory down pipe.
We’ve heard plenty of rumors that Mitsubishi might be pulling out of the United States’ car market and it’s not hard to see why such a rumor is circulating. Let’s face facts, the automaker hasn’t exactly had a big hit in America for some time and the only real seller in their lineup is the Lancer and even that is lagging behind the competition.
It goes on as well. The Galant is old and dull, the Eclipse got fat and slow, the Endeavor is just bad and the Outlander series has the look, but not much else. Even the Lancer Evolution has been a slow seller. So, what can this company do to save themselves from becoming just a page in automotive history?
Well, that’s where the i-MiEV comes in. It might not look like a Nissan Leaf beater, but it should offer up some fierce competition.