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We’re definitely hoping and praying that this isn’t going to be the start of a new trend, but we find it oddly unsettling to see two accidents on the dyno block in a span of just a few days.

We just recently caught hold of a video involving a Ford Mustang Shelby catching fire while in the middle of a dyno test and now we found yet another video of a car – a Mitsubishi Evo – having its own bad day on the dyno block.

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 anAlpha 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.

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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, theEclipse got fat and slow, the Endeavor is just bad and the Outlander series has the look, but not much else. Even theLancer 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.

Hit the jump to read on.

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.

Press release after the jump.

Apparently, Mitsubishi has decided to give the Eclipse one last chance before deciding if the sports coupe will be dropped or not . For 2011, the sports car gets a new black painted roof, new design elements, and expanded equipment. Customers will have to choose from three trim levels: GS, GT, and GS Sport.

The new black painted roof pays tribute to the highly-successful original first-generation Eclipse Coupe that possessed a similarly dark-colored dome. For 2011, it also gets a ride height that has been lowered by over half an inch (15 mm) and a 12V accessory power outlet.

The 2011 Eclipse is powered by a 2.4-liter SOHC 16-valve normally-aspirated 4-cylinder engine that delivers 162 HP at 6,000 rpm and 162 lb.-ft. of torque at an even 4,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a crisp-shifting 5-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Standard equipment list includes: leather seating surfaces, heated front seats and side view mirrors, power driver seat, aluminum pedals, a strut tower brace, aluminum entrance sill and a tidy-looking clear lip spoiler.

Press release after the jump.

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.

Press release after the jump.

Mitsubishi’s mid-size crossover SUV comes packing some new value-packed equipment package, and the 2011 Endeavor gets this package free of charge. Pretty good, eh? Maybe now people might consider buying one. Remember that in 2009, Mitsubishi didn’t even bother producing any new models because they had so many left over from the previous year.

But, hey, every car deserves its fair shot so we’ll get into the additions for the 2011 model. The Endeavor is powered by a new 3.8-liter SOHC 24-valve V-6 engine that delivers 225 HP at 5,000 rpm and 255 lb.-ft. of torque at a lower 3,750 rpm. All of the 2011 Mitsubishi Endeavor engines have been paired with 4-speed Sportronic automatic transmissions with INVECS-II technology. This techy nonsense allows the driver to change gears manually with the gearshift lever whenever the drover desires.

For 2011, the Endeavor gets a Navigation & Sunroof package that consists of a touch-screen DVD-based navigation system, rear view back-up camera, power sunroof, and a cargo cover, again at no cost to the consumer.

Press release after the jump.

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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.

Source: AutoChannel

It wasn’t that long ago when Mitsubishi was a household name among American auto buyers. Unfortunately, the company’s stature and sales figures have both torpedoed to the point that rumors of the company leaving the US market aren’t being treated as ridiculous blasphemy anymore, but more as an increasing possibility.

Gone were the days when the Japanese brand could sell 200,000 vehicles a year without even trying. Back in 2002, they sold 354,111 of their vehicles, but today, the company’s trying hard to even push 50,000 sold models.

So with the way Mitsubishi is going these days, pulling out of the US market isn’t as crazy as it once was. That is, until you talk to Osamu Masuko, the president and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. When asked if the company is ready to leave the US market behind, Masuko flatly responds: “It never enters my mind.”

On the contrary, according to Masuko, Mitsubishi is aggressively planning on quadrupling its sales volume by 400% to 200,000 vehicles. Of course, that part is easier said than done, but the company is confident that by coming out with new products like smaller and more fuel efficient cars, as well as electric vehicles, Mitsubishi could turn around their fortunes.

It remains to be seen how this will all play out, but in the end, we’re all rooting for Mitsubishi to rebound from the current mired state they’re in. It may not be as popular as it was, but with a lot of work – and some luck, too – Mitsubishi can still regain their footing in the American market.

Source: Autonews

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