2008 Mitsubishi Lancer
Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) has introduced the all-new, 2008 Lancer compact sport sedan, delivering driven-to-thrill dynamics, "class-up" value, advanced safety and available cutting-edge user-technology in an aggressively styled package. The new-generation Lancer models arrive in Mitsubishi dealerships in early 2007.
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This Lancer EVO XI Could Revive the Mitsubishi Brand
Mitsubishi is struggling right now, there is no doubt about that. In the States, the company currently has only three models on sale, out of which two are SUVs, and the third one is the Mirage that nobody cares about. The Lancer shared the same fate with all the brand’s other models and went out of production in 2017 when the company decided to focus on crossovers and SUVs. At the same time as the Lancer, the company also killed the more powerful Lancer Evo, and things don’t look very promising for its return. In another universe, though, this is what the next-gen Lancer EVO looks like.
This Drag Race Between Three Lancer EVO Generations Is The Stuff Of Dreams
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is, sadly, no more. After 10 generations, the EVO was forced to retire, in August 2016. But the rally-bred, all-wheel-drive sedan still boasts a faithful community, and the YouTube channel, Officially Gassed has arranged for three different generations to appear on the same drag strip and lay down some numbers. Will the “stock” Lancer EVO X FQ440 be quick enough to hold its own against a 500-horsepower EVO VI and a 510-horsepower EVO VII?
11 Cool Cars You Will Be Able To Import To The US, In 2022
Those looking to import a car into the US are probably familiar with the 25-year rule, according to which, a car that wasn’t originally sold on the US market needs to be 25 years or older, in order for it to be legally imported and driven. To be more precise, the VIN number of the vehicles needs to be 25 years old, so if a car was produced in September 1997, you will need to wait until September 2022, in order to legally import it. With this in mind, here are 10 awesome cars that will be eligible for import, in 2022.
JDM Drag Race: 495 HP Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 7 Versus 488 HP Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Whether it’s between stock or modified cars, drag racing is always a good way to pit two (or more) machines against each other. It’s even more epic when said machines are some of the biggest rivals in rallying history. Today’s dose of drag racing comes from the YouTube channel Officially Gassed and is between a modified Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and a modified Subaru Impreza WRX STI with about the same power.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Isn’t Being Revived Because The Company Is Broke
The automotive industry is fast-paced and not everyone manages to adapt. Mitsubishi is a perfect example as the once glorious carmaker has gradually been reduced to making cheap and boring vehicles. Mitsubishi is not in a good place financially and axing their pride and joy – the Lancer Evolution – speaks louder than any words about Mitsubishi’s declining situation. Given the recent developments, it seems Mitsubishi’s future will involve a bland vehicle lineup and the obligatory electrification, probably with help from Nissan.
A New Mitsubishi Lancer EVO Isn’t Happening, But In Another Dimension, This Is What It Looks Like
Looking at the recent industry trends, the Lancer nameplate has more chances of being brought back as a crossover/SUV than in a continuation of a legendary lineage of cars. For the time being, the Mitsubishi Lancer is not making a comeback in any form, but we’d love it if it looked like this.
Right now, the car world is swamped with turbocharged engines. This means high specific output per liter of capacity, lots of torque, massive horsepower numbers and incredible specs for the cars equipped with such tech. While trying to figure out how to present the most powerful four-cylinder production cars, I thought of listing them by the highest specific output of the engine. Yet, listing five with 350+ horsepower feels more fun. It is quite incredible to see to what lengths the producers are willing to go in order to convince us that turbocharging and four-cylinder engines are just enough for basically anything, including high-end performance. These five cars with four-cylinder engines have so much power they will make you forget about a V-8.
Doug DeMuro’s Latest Video Will Make You Miss the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo
In a way, we can say that the memory of the Lancer Evo is still clean, because Mitsubishi didn’t use the name on a crossover…yet. But with the Eclipse Cross out and about, God knows what might be in store for the Lancer and the Evo nameplate.
Now, if we made you angry, we’re sorry. Here, there’s a 23-minute video of Doug DeMuro dissecting the Lance Evo. It should make you feel better.
10 of the Fastest Cars Available for Under $15,000
There are a lot of benefits in buying a pre-owned car. Instead of being stuck on a particular segment due to budget constraints, you can actually choose a car from the higher tiers when you look at the used market. You don’t have to worry about the depreciation hit in the car as well. And, when it comes to fast, cool cars, you don’t have to wait for the run-in period to complete and you can redline it from day one. In fact, if you spend some time researching, you can find some real treasures as well. To help you out, we’ve listed ten of the fastest cars that you can get for less than $15,000.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Sedan Might Rise From the Dead, But How?
Fall of 2017 was a sad time for fans of Mitsubishi, the Lancer, and the Evolution name as a whole. That season marked the end of an icon in the rally world– the last thing we had to hold onto after Mitsubishi gave up its quest to dominate Rally. SUVs, poor planning, and a dated lineup took a hard toll on the company, and certain cars just couldn’t make the cut. Things got worse when Mitsubishi told us that the Evolution name would return, but it would probably be plastered to an SUV or crossover and not a proper rally sedan as we had all hoped. All of that could change, though, as a new report from Autocar points to the possibility that a new Mitsubishi Lancer – an 11th-generation model, to be precise – is in the works. How this is going to happen, and what makes it possible, however, is something none of us expected.
2019 Mitsubishi Lancer Edition R by Dytko and Proto Cars
Polish company Dytko Sport, who specializes in building parts for Mitsubishi Lancer Evo rally cars, created what can only be called the Lancer Evo XI. Partnering with the company Proto cars, Dytko Sport utilized the Dynamic Shield design philosophy of the latest Mitsubishi line of vehicles and slapped the parts on the Evo X. I can only tell you this - it looks the business. While the full reveal is still a few days away, the officially named Lancer Edition R has already gained serious Internet traction and fame, even waking up dreamy Lancer Evo X enthusiasts in the process. The stories about the comeback of the Lancer name are already swamping the Internet, but I can tell you right away that the only way Lancer Evo will ever come back is in the form of a Crossover. Nevertheless, Dytko Sport obviously formulated something awesome that undoubtedly took some time to build.
2020 Mitsubishi Lancer Cross
As the SUV market is growing larger by the year, more and more automakers are giving up on SUVs to make crossovers. Ford has already announced plans to drop almost every nameplate that’s not a crossover in the U.S. soon, and Mitsubishi seems to follow the same path. Having turned the Eclipse sports car into a crossover, the Japanese firm wants to do the same with the Lancer.
In 2017, Mitsubishi launched the Eclipse Cross, a compact crossover that slots between the Outlander Sport and the Outlander. Previewed by the XR-PHEV concept, this new hauler borrowed its name from an iconic sports car that Mitsubishi built between 1989 and 2011 in Illinois. With the iconic Lancer discontinued in 2017 after no fewer than 44 years on the market, the Japanese carmaker is pondering a revival of the name for a new crossover.
Rumors of this radical change have been flying around for a few years now, and Mitsubishi confirmed earlier in 2018, through COO Trevor Mann, that the next-gen Lancer doesn’t have to be "a very conventional hatchback." "We’re thinking quite radically," he added, hinting that the Lancer name may join the Eclipse on the SUV market. It remains unknown when it will happen, but a new rendering Tigran Lalayan, a designed from Pininfarina, gives us a look at what the Lancer Cross might look like.
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Rendering Shows Off the Rebooted Mitsubishi Lancer as a Rally-Bred Crossover Coupe
Back in 2015, Mitsubishi brought the axe down on one its most beloved high-performance models - the Lancer Evolution, a turbo superstar from the rough-and-tumble world of rally racing. While certainly enough to cause more than a few tears among enthusiasts, the Lancer name will continue on, and word has it Mitsu is turning it into a crossover - much like it did with the Eclipse. Salt in the wound? Maybe. But fear not, because there’s still a possible silver lining to all of this, and it’s once again inspired by the world of rally racing.
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5 Iconic Names That Are Coming Back in All the Wrong Ways
To some people, a car’s name is nothing more than that: a name. They have no value other than identifying one model from another model. But for others, a car’s name is it’s value. We identify them beyond what others do. For us, they’re more than just names; they’re identities that have helped shape our love for them and this whole industry.
Unfortunately, not all of the best car names live on in perpetuity. Some get retired — R.I.P., Dodge Viper — while others are shelved for an indefinite period of time before they’re brought back, sometimes in a different guise. The latter has happened quite a lot in recent years, and while there have been some expected hits to come out of this name recycling exercise — the Toyota Supra and BMW Z4are poster children of this — there are those that are probably best left in the shelves.
Mitsubishi took quite a bit of heat for slapping the Eclipse name on a crossover but, apparently, that heat wasn’t enough as the brand is now looking at slapping the Lancer name – yes, the name that was affiliated with a sporty little sedan with rally DNA – on a damn crossover. The worst part is that the guys behind this abortion of failed thought process believe that a crossover-type vehicle will be able to compete with C-Segment hatchbacks like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. Mitsubishi has been successful in improving sales thus far, but is slapping the Lancer name on a crossover that wants to be a hatchback taking things too far?
Banned No More: Cars From The Class of 1992 That Can Now Be Registered In The U.S.
“25” may seem like a random number in the auto industry, but ask any self-respecting collector in America the significance of this number, and they’ll tell you all about it. For those who don’t know, “25” in this context means “25 years,” as in the number of years that need to pass before a car that was not originally produced in the U.S. and was not subjected to strict U.S. guidelines for crash tests can now be legally imported and registered for road use.
The rationale behind the NHTSA’s 25-year timetable has left many collectors confused and frustrated. The word “overkill” has even been used many times by a number of collectors we talked to. But that’s the rule; it is what it is.
The good news is that every year, a batch of these forbidden fruits become ripe for the picking by virtue of them finally meeting the 25-year criteria imposed by This year, car models from 1992 finally got their “welcome to America” status. Whether there’s still interest in any of them is a different story altogether. The important thing is that they can now be registered for road use here in the U.S., giving them the opportunity to finally touch thousands of miles of roads that were previously forbidden to them.
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The Departed: 10 Cars That Have Been Discontinued For 2018
2017 has been an eventful year for the auto industry. It’s also been a devastating one for some models, particularly those that were effectively told by their automakers that they’re discontinuing them. Cars come and go in this ever-evolving industry and, this year, a few notable models are, in fact, getting sent to retirement. There’s a chance that we may see them again in the future, but as far as the short-term is concerned, it’s time to say goodbye to them.
So ahead of their eventual discontinuation, we’re giving them one last moment in the spotlight. Consider it a tribute to these models, some of whom have etched an inscrutable legacy in the auto industry. They may have been popular makes at one point in the past, but with consumer tastes changing, they’ve become expendable in the eyes of their automakers. So say goodbye to these four-wheeled machines; each of them had good runs. But time is unforgiving; it marches on with no conscience of who, or what, it leaves behind. Those who can’t keep up will inevitably become remnants of a time gone by.
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The Lancer Evo Could Come Back... As a Freaking SUV...
So, here I am reading through automotive headlines for the day, ready to see what this week will bring, and what do I see? “A New Mitsubishi Lancer Evo Could Happen…” After making the most lady-like squeal to come out of a man’s mouth, I clicked on the link with more enthusiasm than Donald Trump has for complaining on Twitter. But, I was let down, because we’re not talking about the rally-bred, dirt-chewing Lancer EVO. No; Mitsubishi is probably going to ruin yet another name and make the next EVO a freaking SUV.
Well, that’s the word anyway, after Motoring had a little conversation with Mitsubishi Global Boss, Trevor Mann. Apparently, he has said that a new performance flagship is one of many considerations on the table, but that the performance concept won’t necessarily be based on a sedan… sigh. Given the nature of the automotive market and the fact that every automaker is too dumb to realize that SUVs will eventually fall off the radar once again, you know that means another SUV. We could have already seen a hint as to what the next “EVO” model will be thanks to the 2015 eX Concept.
Pops’ Rants: The Mitsubishi Lancer Needs to Die Already
So I was minding my business yesterday — primarily being annoyed about all the "May the 4th be with you" nonsense everywhere — when I stumbled across a tiny press release from Mitsubishi about a new limited-edition version of the Mitsubishi Lancer. I stare a the screen for a few seconds thinking "what the hell, wasn’t this thing discontinued some two years ago?" I snap out of it, I ask good ole’ Google a few questions, and it hits me: the Lancer is still going strong.
That’s good news for rally enthusiasts (and an endless source of jokes for Subaru WRX fans), but it’s the kind of news that ruins my day. Why? Well, this thing is still in dealerships after two years of special, "this is the last Lancer ever" editions. Come on man, I know it’s an iconic car and all, but let’s seal the coffin once and for all and let the Lancer name die peacefully.
Wait, I’m not done yet!
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Mitsubishi Launches One Last Special Edition as the Lancer Heads to the Guillotine
Unfortunately, Mitsubishi quit caring about anything sporty long ago, with the Lancer going a decade without being updated and eventually cancelled. And, let’s not even mention the death of the EVO program a few years back, both of which practically handed business over to Subaru and left the Subaru WRX without a true competitor. Sure, the Lancer will get an extensive facelift and carry on in the Asian market, but it’s discontinued everywhere else with 2017 being the final sales year for what was once an iconic vehicle. Had Mitsubishi cared about the Lancer and gave it a proper update, maybe sales wouldn’t have sucked so bad. Now, just months before it’s discontinued forever here in the U.S., Mitsubishi is dropping one last limited edition in hopes of getting some money from the fanboys that remember what this car was once capable of.
This new “limited edition” model, will slot above the base ES model and includes the usual black accents that every automaker seems to do these days. In other words, you’ll get a gloss black finish on the 16-inch wheels, the roof, the upper grill garnish, fender garnish, and the door mirrors. There is a cool limited edition badge and a sunroof, so there’s that. Inside, it receives black fabric upholstery and red contrast stitching on the steering wheel, brake lever, central armrest, door trim panels, and shift knob. There’s also aluminum pedals and gloss black finishing on some interior trim pieces. A black headliner and a 6.5-inch infotainment display round out the whole interior package. Pricing for the limited edition starts out at $19,795 and will be available through the end of this model year.
Car Throttle Mixes Cargo Space And Fun With Two JDM Wagons: Video
You gotta love a vehicle that has the power and performance to haul ass, plus the cargo space to haul everything else. Here in the states, it’s a combo we usually associate with high-performance SUVs, but overseas, there are a few other options. Our friends over at Car Throttle decided to explore a couple alternatives from Japan in this nine-minute video review, including the Subaru Forester STI and Mitsubishi Evo Wagon, and after watching the vid, we were left wondering what it would take to get one of these bad boys into our garage.
Car Throttle starts with the Forester, a tall-bodied five-door packing a turbocharged 2.5-liter boxer four-cylinder engine and symmetrical AWD. The particular example on display here is tuned, arriving with around 350 horsepower at the wheels. “It is pretty brutish, it’s very fast, incredibly practical, and on roads like this, it is the ultimate weapon,” exclaims Car Throttle host Alex Kersten.
Cheap-o interior plastics and poor mpg figures aside, the Forester STI is quite the chariot. But per tradition, Mitsubishi has an answer to the Subaru challenge (or at least it did, once).
The second half of the video is devoted to the Evo wagon, the long-roofline version of Mitsu’s legendary rally sedan. Compared to the STI, Kersten says the Evo has lighter steering, but with a quicker ratio. “It’s more direct, and the car feels so much sharper, it feels lower to the ground, because it is lower to the ground, and it’s just way more of a tarmac car than the Forester is.” Making the Evo go is a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder and high-performance AWD system with multiple drive modes.
The want is strong with us for both of these machines. Which would you rather have?
Death Warrant Signed: Mitsubishi Lancer to be Executed Fall of 2017
The introduction of television all but killed the radio star and the second wind that is the SUV craze is killing off some iconic cars that we’re really going to miss. It wasn’t that long ago that Mitsubishi decided to quit the rally business, and shortly thereafter (in the grand scheme of things,) the band put an end to the EVO program for the rally icon that is the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO. Since Mitsubishi gave up its love for Rally, we had a feeling that the base Lancer would eventually meet its demise, and boy were we right. Speaking to Autoblog, Don Swearingen – the Executive VP and COO of Mitsubishi North America – said that the Mirage G4 will continue on, but production of the Mitsubishi Lancer will officially end in August of 2017. That means that after 40+ years of production and 10 generations (according to Mitsubishi) there will be no successor and an untimely death.
Of course, the Lancer itself wasn’t exactly competitive, but the Subaru WRX STI and the Lancer EVO definitely went nose to nose on many occasions. In the end, Mitsubishi sees fit to focus on the crossover and SUV market instead of doing anything with its smaller cars. And, that was never more evident than with the Lancer, which has been in its current generation for a decade. It did get a facelift in 2016, but it was one of the laziest facelifts ever and continued on seriously underpowered compared to its main competitor the Subaru WRX. Furthermore, it didn’t stand a chance against other rally-ready models like the Ford Focus ST, for example.
Of course, the standard Lancer didn’t get the Rally love that the EVO saw, but it was the basis of the EVO and its stellar performance in the WRC. But, all that is over now. And, as much as we would love to see the Lancer makes its way back into WRC, the execution of the EVO and now the base Lancer brings us to the cold, hard reality that it’s never going to happen.
Last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Auctioned For $76k
The very last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution produced in North America was auctioned for $76,000, the Japanese automaker revealed today. The car in question is a Final Edition version, which was launched for the 2015 model year with unique badging, a limited color palette, and a numbered plaque for each of the 1,600 examples. The proceeds from the auction will benefit Feeding America Riverside/San Bernardino and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, both of which are part of Feeding America, a non-profit, hunger-relief and food-rescue organization.
This was the second Lancer Evolution Final Edition auction for charity, with the previous one being the first example of the 1,600-unit production. The No. 1 car was used to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and was sold off for $46,200. Together, the two performance sedans have raised a total of $122,600 for charity.
Introduced in 1992, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has been discontinued in 2016 after 10 generations. The latest model featured a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 303 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. The cars came equipped with all-wheel-drive, Bilstein and Eibach suspension components, and Brembo brakes.
Although there have been rumors of a successor in recent years, Mitsubishi said that the nameplate will not return anytime soon. However, the Japanese brand did say that it is exploring the possibilities of high-performance models that incorporate electric motors. Most likely, Mitsubishi’s next performance sedan will be a hybrid.
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Final Mitsubishi Lancer Heading to Auction
The Lancer Evolution started out in 1992 as a Japan-only car but quickly gained a strong following in other markets. By 1998, Mitsubishi began shipping the car to the U.K. and Europe, but for us to get it here in the U.S., it took 11 years and the great success of its main rival, the Subaru Impreza WRX STi. Finally, in 2003, Mitsubishi brought the Lancer stateside, and the sports sedan market in this great land of ours changed forever. It’s been 13 years since the EVO landed here and Mitsubishi has already pulled the plug on it, making a final run of just 1,600 models that has been dubbed “Final Edition.” The day the news broke was a very sad one indeed, but something good is coming out of it as the very last Lancer EVO to be produced (No. US1600) is being auctioned off with all of the proceeds going to charity.
While one lucky person will get the pleasure of owning the last Lancer EVO ever built, Feeding America Riverside in San Bernardino Counties and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County will split the proceeds right down the middle. This move comes as part of September being Hunger Action Month and will ultimately help feed a lot of people. According to Feeding America Riverside, every dollar it receives supplies meals for nine people.
Don Swearingen, the Executive VP and ECO of MMNA, said, “Mitsubishi Motors is proud to stand alongside our local Feeding America member food banks to help raise funds and awareness in support of Hunger Action Month. Not only did we want to pay homage to Lancer Evolution’s historic U.S. run, but also make a difference in our local community by extending the auction’s reach nationwide. So as we bid farewell to a model that has long been the pulse of Mitsubishi, we stand committed to doing our part to help drive out hunger.”
If you’re interested in bidding on the final EVO, which includes a numbered plaque that reads “US1600,” you can check out the auction on eBay. It has already been posted and will run for one week ending September 15. As of the time of this writing, one bid has already been placed for $46,200, and you can bet it’s going to get a lot higher before the digital hammer drops next week.
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As it was in the beginning, so shall it be in the end.
This Biblical proverb proves to be quite fitting when it comes to the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Final Edition. The limited-edition farewell model, like the early generations of the Evo, will not be available for customers in the U.S. Instead, to put a cap on 10 generations (and 23 years) of the souped-up Lancer sedan, Mitsubishi will build 1,000 examples of the Lancer Evolution X Final Edition to be sold in Japan only.
The Lancer Evo has been around since 1992, but it wasn’t until the eighth-gen Evo VIII was introduced in 2003 that this rally ready compact sedan was made available to customers in the U.S. That being said, the subsequent versions of the car have proven to be incredibly advanced in terms of both performance and handling, culminating with the Evo X, which debuted in 2007 and is the longest-living Evo model to date. Unlike the Lancer Evo X Concept Final that was unveiled last year in Tokyo, the Evolution X Final Edition is far more subdued, but is still an improvement over the standard car.
Updated 12/09/2015: Mitsubishi announced that the very first Lancer Evolution X Final Edition - 0001 of 1,600 produced for the U.S. market - was auctioned on eBay for $46,200. All proceeds benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Pacific South Coast Chapter.
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The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo hit the Japanese market back in 1993, but didn’t make it to the U.S. until 2003. In its lifetime, it saw various updates to the drivetrain, chassis, and suspension across a total of 10 generations. Now we prepare to say goodbye to the EVO, but before we do, we’ve been blessed with the EVO X Final Edition.
Since 2011, the rumor mill has been saying that the EVO would eventually be discontinued, and it has finally been confirmed by Mitsubishi. Going forward, the EVO performance brand won’t be used on any saloon models.
Mitsubishi has yet to confirm what will come next from the EVO performance division, but it has said that it is interested in using electric and plug-in hybrid technologies for its future high-performance cars. Some sources have said that the EVO badge may first appear on a performance version of the Mitsubishi ASX that could debut next year, but only time will tell. Join us in remembering the Lancer EVO by reading a brief summary of its history after the jump.
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When the announcement was first made back in 2001 that the Lancer would be sold in North America, it was greeted with cheers from enthusiasts for upwards of 30 seconds before they learned that there were no immediate plans to bring over the EVO. We do have the EVO now, but the regular mainstream version of the Lancer never did catch on with enthusiasts. In fact it didn’t really catch on with anyone, and Honda has averaged about 10 Civics sold in North America for every Lancer sold here since it was first introduced in 2001 for the 2002 model year.
Mitsubishi has now brought out a facelifted version of the current generation to try to win back some customers and undo the sales side that the model has been in for about a decade at this point. The facelift has more riding on it that just sales though, Mitsubishi has been said to be debating whether or not to kill off the model altogether, and the success of the model over the next couple of years will no doubt determine its fate once and for all. These kinds of moves do sometimes work, but the Lancer has a long way to go to be a serious competitor in its segment.
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The fate of the current Mitsubishi Lancer has already been sealed, but Mitsubishi will soon find itself in the unenviable position of having no sedans and two slow-selling hatchbacks as the only non-crossover offerings in its lineup. With that bleak news, it sounds like Mitsubishi is still working on a replacement for its compact sedan, but such a model is still at least 18 months away from becoming a reality.
At the launch of the 2016 Outlander – a promising redesign of the mid-size crossover – WardsAuto caught up with Don Swearingen, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America, who said that the automaker is still looking at a Lancer successor, whether it comes from a partnership or in-house development. Originally, Mitsubishi had looked to team up with Renault to develop a new sedan, but after that deal fell through, it’s now being reported that Nissan could become a viable partner.
Although still actively looking for some sort of partnership, which would likely be the quickest and most cost-effective option, Swearingen stated that Mitsubishi is also working on an “internal design” for a new sedan. If this is the case, Swearingen said that if Mitsubishi has to develop its own car, the automaker would be “another year behind,” meaning that it would be three years away.
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The Smoking Tire recently made a trip to the beautiful island country of New Zealand to see if they could dig up a bit of car culture for our entertainment. In between cruising the epic scenery and dodging herds of sheep, TST got the chance to pilot some bonafide custom race cars on a rain-soaked track. These cars are hand built and privately run, the very essence of enthusiast weekend warriors. And unfortunately, one of them gets stuffed.
Taking the dubious honor of first crash on film for TST is host Matt Farah in Matt Rule’s EG6 Honda Civic hatchback. The car was made for hill climbs and street sprints, and has a B18C motor transplant, Koni suspension components, and one-off, home-fabricated fiberglass and carbon fiber pieces that keep curb weight down to just 2,161 pounds. Watching Farah accidentaly understeer off-track and into the tire wall is painful, but thankfully, the damage was only cosmetic.
Rattled but still on the clock, Farah’s next assignment was to not crash behind the wheel of an EVO/Mirage Frankenstein. Owned by Daniel Picard, the Mitsubishi coupe started life as a FWD automatic, but received a total track-day transformation over the course of five years. Built in a shed, the car has a complete EVO drivetrain, 355 horsepower, and one badass flat-black paint scheme. The AWD clearly helped in the wet, and luckily, Farah was done with off-track excursions for the day.
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Take a look at the recent concept vehicle introductions revealed by Mitsubishi in the last few years, and it isn’t hard to see that the Japanese automaker has tunnel vision when it comes to crossovers and SUVs. This was confirmed by Mitsubishi Motors president and COO Tetsuro Aikawa when he told Australia’s CarAdvice that Mitsubishi will be focusing more on passenger- and profit-friendly SUVs and less on passenger cars, at least in the near future.
Since 2013, Mitsubishi has debuted the AR Concept, GR-HEV Concept, GC-PHEV Concept and the XR-PHEV (I and II) not to mention the third-generation Outlander and the 2016 Outlander facelift that will debut next week at the New York Auto Show. In this same time period, the Mitsubishi Galant was killed off, as was the recently departed Lancer Evolution, though not the Lancer, and the only major car news was the introduction of the disappointingly bad Mitsubishi Mirage.
The good news here is that Mitsubishi is still expected to eventually introduce a performance hybrid crossover carrying the “Evolution” torch, which could very well be based on the next-gen Outlander Sport – quite possibly previewed by the aforementioned XR-PHEV concepts. In the U.S., the Outlander Sport continues to be the brand’s top-selling model.
Despite not having any plans to update the 7-year-old Lancer, Aikawa said that Mitsubishi doesn’t have any plans to end production of the Lancer either.
Marking over two decades of continuous production, during which no less than 10 generations of the model were made and millions of fans were created, Mitubishi’s Lancer Evolution nameplate is about to enter its final year, but not without one last battle cry in the form of the sports car’s most powerful variant yet. Some say and hope that the said model will be previewed by a concept car that’s scheduled for the upcoming 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon, which runs from January 9 to 11, 2015, called the Evo X HKS Concept Final.
While Mitsubishi has made it pretty clear that the Evo X will be the last of its kind, with a future replacement model most definitely switching to a hybrid powertrain and no rally heritage, there is still some life left in the current generation. In the fall of 2014, a Mitsubishi USA spokesperson let it slip that a limited "going away" edition of the Evo X will be launched in 2015, albeit that may not the model that is set to hit the Tokyo Motor Show.
Featuring a rather monstrous performance upgrade courtesy of known Japanese tuner HKS, the Lancer Evolution X HKS Concept Final has a rather unassuming exterior look even though it packs a knockout punch underneath that vented hood. No less than 480 horsepower are squeezed out of its four-cylinder, thanks to a HKS turbocharger, new intake and exhaust system, a better intercooler and a new ECU. Just like in a regular EVO X GSR, the power is sent to all four wheels via a five-speed manual transmission.
Currently there is no official confirmation about the possibility of the car entering production, but the signs do point to something of the kind. The only bad news is that it will most likely be limited to its home market, although UK and U.S. versions are also likely to follow in the summer of 2015. Until then, the Lancer Evolution X HKS Concept Final represents a pretty nice way to end a legendary lineage of rally-inspired sports cars.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X HKS Concept Final.
Sometimes we see things that just make us sit back and marvel. This is one of those things. Say hello to the supposed fastest Mitsubishi Evolutionin the world. It’s a complete shell of a car, but it packs goodies where it counts. Somehow the tuners at STM managed to squeeze an 8.094 quarter-mile run from this little four-banger.
The drag runs took place early in November at the Maryland International Raceway. With the track all to themselves, the team went to work completing run after run, shooting for the quickest time.
Even with all-wheel-drive, the turbocharged four-cylinder provided so much power the car could barley keep straight. Some insanely quick shifts by the driver kept the boost up and the power rolling as the car barreled down the lanes. The record-setting run only took 8.094 seconds to complete the quarter mile run and the fastest overall speed was 182.53 mph. That’s movin’ on.
STM doesn’t list all modifications the Evo has done, but we suspect nearly every nut and bolt in this car has been tweaked. Full race internals in the engine are a certainty and the transmission has to be a beefier unit than stock. Of course the Evo’s interior has been completely gutted save for the driving controls and the added safety cage.
It’s a worthwhile video, so be sure to check it out.
It is far from a secret that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X is dead. The legendary rally machine is just barely hanging onto life as Mitsubishi positions itself as a crafter of hybrid and electric vehicles. Despite the Evo X’s death, the world always assumed that an Evo XI would appear at some point in the future. Sadly, it seems that is not the case. Autocar snagged some interview time with Mitsubishi’s product manager, Kanenori Okamoto, and he confirmed that there are no plans to revive the Evo. Rather, if we get anything it will be a high-performance SUV. “It will not exist as we know it,” Okamoto said. “It will be replaced in spirit by an SUV with high performance.”
This sounds like a crushing blow to fans of the brand, but it seems that there may be some method to Mitsubishi’s madness. While there has been no decision on what platform the new car could be based on, it will use some technology and knowledge that Mitsu gained form MiEV Evolution Pikes Peak racer. It will also use the latest version of the Evo’s S-AWC AWD system.
With all that tech underneath it, the new super-SUV could be quite an entertaining drive. I can almost see it lining up against a machine like the Bowler Wildcat. To be honest, Mitsubishi hasn’t been very relevant in the rally circuit for more than a decade, but maybe this new machine can see them tackle races like Baja and Dakar. That would by quite an impressive feat.
Keep it locked here to get more details on whatever crazy scheme Mitsubishi may be hatching. We will be sure to drop the news as soon as we get it.
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.
Well this makes us feel a bit like the boy who cried wolf. Earlier this year we brought you news that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X was dead. It seems that is not entirely correct. A new report form Autoguide has quotes form Amanda Savercool at Mitsubishi’s U.S. arm has flat out denied that 2014 is the last year of the Evo X.
Now there are some caveats here. First off, she can only speak for the U.S. model, and she is only stating that there will be a 2015 Evo. Nothing more, nothing less.
We still expect the Evo to bow out of the world stage sooner, rather than later, and this may just be a last hurrah to allow Mitsubishi to get rid of parts. Either way, if you have $35,000 or so and you want a Japanese rally n monster that doesn’t wear a Subaru badge, Mitsubishi still has your back.
According to the report, the 2015 car will begin production in a month or so. We have no information on any potential changes to the car, but smart money says it is exactly the same as the 2014 model.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.
The demise of the Mitsubishi EVO as we currently know it could have been the death knell that pushed Mitsubishi over the edge. But the company is determined not to let the circumstance of the EVO’s fate dictate its own. That’s probably why a lot of people are getting excited with recent reports that a resurrected — and hybrid — 3000GT could replace the current EVO.
According to Auto Express, a hybrid 2+2 coupe that will take its cues from the 3000GT could be in the cards for Mitsubishi. This future model, should it get green lit by Mitsubishi execs, could potential use a modified version of the all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid technology that’s currently being used by the Outlander PHEV.
Adding further credence to this rumor are talks that the next hybrid will be offered as a hybrid, something Lance Bradley, Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors UK, alluded to when he told Auto Express that while no specific plans have been laid about the next EVO, there’s "interest and willingness within [Mitsubishi] to produce one", albeit one that will carry a hybrid powertrain.
"There is demand for a car which performs well and makes problem feel good for themselves in terms of its efficiency," Bradley added. "If we can do an SUV which emits just 44g/km of CO2 then we can do the same with a performance car.”
That’s likely where talks of bringing back the 3000GT, which we haven’t seen since 1999, comes into the picture. Back in its heyday, the 3000GT was Mitsbushi’s resident 2+2 sports car that matched wits with the likes of the Mazda RX-7and the Nissan 300ZX.
Times are changing with more and more companies turning their attention to hybrid technology for their sports cars. The way things are shaping up over at Mitsubishi, it does look like the company is the next to follow in that direction.
Click past the jump to read more about the future Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI.
Happy Thursday, everybody. We made it to the incredible milestone of five (5!) episodes. It may not seem like much, but it is our first step towards world Podcast domination. Also, for reasons that I can’t really explain, we spend a lot of time at multiple points in the podcast discussing the Ford Bronco. So, yeah.
In this week’s episode, Mark, Justin and myself find ourselves rambling about the Hyundai Equus, Mistubishi Lancer GT and the Ford Flex Ecoboost in the Weekly Wheels segment.
For the big news stories of the week, we cover the shenanigans that transpired over April Fool’s Day, and slowly built into a horsepower war. We begin with the BoldRide created Jeep rally hatchback, then we move to the deliciously powerful rumor of a Jaguar F-Type Club Sport. Moving the horsepower even higher, we talk about the rumored 700-horsepower SRT Challenger Hellcat, and finish the insanity with some talk of the 2,000-horsepower Trion Nemesis. There is a bit of talk about the current legal dustup with Ferrari and fan’s Facebook page, as well.
For the Q&A segment, we field a pair of great questions from you guys. The first involves our thoughts on the success of super-cheap superminis, like the Dacia, and if we think they would work in the states. Our second question involves our ability to maintain a critical viewpoint when dealing with cars or brands that we hold a certain loyalty to.
Both great questions that lead to some interesting discussion.
We finish with the new Own, Drive, Burn segment where we argue over the merits of the classic mud-slingers of the International Scout, Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco.
Make sure to keep all those comments, questions and suggestions coming. You can hit us up here in the comments, reach us on Twitter using our new podcast account @TopSpeedPodcast or you can reach us via email: Podcast@TopSpeed.com
Thanks for hanging with us for five episodes, everyone!! See you next Thursday.
Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekly Wheels: Ford Flex, Mitsubishi Lancer GT, Hyundai Equus
We knew it was inevitably going to happen, but now Mitsubishi has confirmed to NJP.jp that the Lancer Evo X is dead. We don’t mean that the Evo X is set to be replaced by the Evo XI next year, either. Rather, Mitsubishi is killing off the model all together to focus its efforts on its hybrid and fuel-efficient offerings.
It isn’t much of a surprise, considering generally slow sales for the brand, and having a low volume model such as the Evo is not exactly a smart financial decision. The small Japanese makers are having a hard timing of making in the states and Mitsubishi’s closest competitor, Suzuki has already closed up shop and left.
It may seem slightly sudden for fans of the nameplate after the recent announcement of the special FQ-440 MR, but remember that is a small production run model for the UK only.
There is still hope for this venerable nameplate to return sometime in the couple of years as a hybrid sports car, but we don’t expect to see that arrive until 2017 or so. Still, as sad as it is to see the incredible rally-bred Evo drive of into the sunset, if it will give Mitsubishi the time and resources to make an even faster and more fuel efficient Evo XI. If you are afraid that hybrid technology will numb the Lancer Evo’s senses, let me remind you that the fastest cars from Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren are all hybrid machines.
Bring it on, Mitsubishi.
Click past the jump to read more about the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X.
Mitsubishi hasn’t had a major piece of the European market in years, but the Japanese brand is still churning out models there. It’s recent one, though, just may be what the company needs to get Europeans’ attention. Just for the UK market, Mitsubishi is unveiling the Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR Special Edition in time to celebrate the company’s 40th anniversary in the UK.
Even if Mitsubishi has struggled to gain some traction in the business, the one model that has been its gleaming beacon of hope has been the Lancer Evolution X. So its no surprise that when it came time to celebrate something special, Mitsubishi tapped its pride and joy to do so with.
The Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR Special Edition comes with a modest amount of cosmetic changes. Outside, bi-xenon headlights, front fog lamps, new wiper blades, and a set of 18-inch, forged BBS alloy wheels are the only thing you’re getting.
Inside, there’s a few more new additions, none fancier than the Recaro-branded leather bucket seats and the Rockford Fosgate premium audio system with an SD card-based music server. That should make it a sweet deal for audiophiles across the pond.
The biggest upgrades, though, come under the hood, which has more than enough to justify why the car has been priced at a pretty steep £50,000, which is about $82,900.
Click past the jump to read more about the engine upgrades on the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR.
There’s just something about a sports sedan that just does it for me. Maybe it’s the fact that I now have a family and a sports sedan caters to both the father and teenager inside of me, by offering up four doors, a stylish look and acceptable performance. Then again, maybe I am just an old man that has grown used to rocking a sedan, man purse and a diaper bag — yeah, that’s probably it.
Well, enter in the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer GT that I got my hands on for a week, and was really surprised with what I saw. I am definitely no fan of the Lancer as a whole lineup — sans the EVO, of course — because it has become a stale look that feels really, really dated. But add in the GT trim level that tosses in the 18-inch wheels, big rear wing and some niceties on the inside, and it was acceptable. Sure, I would have preferred the 237-horsepower Ralliart model, but at least the GT looks the part.
The Lancer never really gets its fair chance in the compact sedan market, as the Focus, Corolla, Civic and Forte really hog up all the attention. So, we’re here to give it a chance to warm our hearts.
Click past the jump to read my full Driven review of the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer GT.
When trolling the interwebz, there is no telling what sort of shenanigans one can find, and in honor of Christmas, we’ve dug up this amazing example of time-well-spent: a Mitsubishi Lancercovered in over 3,000 LED lights.
This video, which was recorded last year, shows the 2004 Lancer’s illuminated transformation, as it’s consumed by Christmas lights in an eerie horror film-like garden of possessed strands of wires. The Lancer, now wearing a coat of many colors, rolls down the streets bringing Christmas cheer to homes along the road and bystanders observing a parade.
According to the YouTube page, a simple power inverter was needed to light the 3,000 bulbs without needing to upgrade the car’s alternator, thanks to the low power needs of LEDs. We’re not sure how the lights were actually attached to the car, besides perhaps an excessive number of Scotch tape rolls.
The videography is half the fun in this three-minute production. Camera shakes, blurred lights, and out-of-focus shots make images of a car covered in lights somehow more interesting. Not to mention the creative plot line of parasite Christmas lights attacking a moving vehicle. Our hats are off to these guys and their ludicrous Lancer, but we’re hoping they shoot some slow-motion sideways drift action for their next iteration of the series.
One really cool thing about TopSpeed right now is that we are getting better. Fast.
The TopSpeed auto news and games portal is in ’Dynamic’ mode - as on the best track cars - with traction and stability control buttons each pushed until everything is disabled.
More access to news and cars means far better reviews to read with better photos, so we are working hard to up our game to the highest levels of automotive news.
On the journey of driving supercars for the first time, the stumbling blocks are many to achieve really good, informative and entertaining car content.
Something really surprising is how much one’s opinion of a press loaner car changes from day one of the loan to day seven. No, we do not get one-year loaners to complain about in print (yet!).
Even so, the real quality of many high-performance machines is hard to grasp at first sitting. It takes time to appreciate their quirks.
This video review format previews some of the awesome TopSpeed Driven reviews that are coming in the next few weeks.
Adding all the specs takes time, but why should YouTube people be the only ones to see us miss gears, bomb around corners and floor throttles on the world’s hottest new cars?
The first segment is based on a car that many readers adore, the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR.
The goal here is to make the coolest and best car news that is always fresh and fun to read. We always read the comments, so rant away if TopSpeed seems to be changing too much. A Facebook Like is a vote in the right direction, so let us know!
Until then, enjoy the above clip of my first-ever drive in the Evo X GSR that is out front of the TopSpeed Garage this week.
For more information on the 2014 Evo, sprint over to the full review comparing the Evo GSR manual with its TC-SST brother, the Evo MR here.
We have heard all kinds of crazy rumors about the next-gen Lancer Evo here recently and now we have one more to add to the pile. A report from AutoCar points to a near certainty that the new Evo XI will bear a 500-horsepower hybrid powerplant and aim directly against models like Nissan GT-R.
Mitsubishi is set to unveil the next generation for the standard Mitsubishi Lancer sometime next year and, for the first time ever, it will feature a hybrid variant. According to AutoCar’s report, the same treatment will also be applied to the Evo version. The model is said to borrow racing technology from the MiEV Evolution II Pikes Peak, which will guarantee stunning performance.
This technology making its way onto the next Evo depends on how customers accept Mitsubishi’s new plug-in hybrid PHEV technology. However, at the recent Pikes Peak event it proved amazing capabilities, so the company has big hopes for it.
The new hybrid system will combine a 2.0-liter gas engine with two 80-horsepower electric motors for a total output of 500 horsepower. The Evo XI will be inspired by the Concept-RA, which was unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, and will be unveiled a few months after the standard Lancer.
Click past the jump to read more about Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI.
Mitsubishi introduced the Lancer nomenclature to its lineup back in 1973 and since then it became one of its most successful models, with more than six million units being sold over the years. Depending on the market, Lancer was sold under different names, ranging from Dodge Colt (first generation) in the United States and up to Galant Fortis (current generation) on the Japanese one.
The model was sold under different body versions, and starting 1992 it received an Evolution version - which is basically a high-performance version featuring a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive system.
For the 2014 model year, the Lancer continues to be offered in four trim levels: ES, SE, GT and Ralliart - each of them offering different upgrades for the new year. Still, you shouldn’t expect anything big, because all the major updates were reserved for the next generation.
Updated 06/13/2014: Mitsubishi announced details on the 2015 Lancer which comes with quite an impressive number of updates and new features. As usual, Mitsubishi focused its attention on upgrading the Lancer’s safety, so for the 2015 model the sedan was updated with an advanced, seven air bag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) that offers the best protection for both front and rear passengers. Also, all models will get new heated side view mirrors with turn indicators and a slew of new, standard features.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer.
For years, Mitsubishi has barely made a dent in the automotive world. The rise of competition and the general ambivalence towards automotive progress have played their part in that.
But if there’s one model that Mitsubishi can still rely on these days, it’s the Lancer.
Tried, tested and proven to the hilt, the Lancer has become the standard-bearer for everything that Mitsubishi has represented in the auto industry. That’s all well and good, especially for a brand that relies on the model so much.
One particular trim for the Lancer that Mitsubishi has high hopes for is the Lancer Sportback. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a lot of people are high on this model, proudly carrying the Lancer badge all while coming in a space-saving hatchback trim that’s far removed from the mighty Lancer Evolution models.
Even though it’s not as powerful as its Evolution brother, the Lancer Sportback has plenty of endearing qualities about it. And again, for Mitsubishi, that’s a win in its own right.
Click past the jump to read about the Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
By and large, Mitsubishi isn’t the first automaker you think of when you’re thinking of a high-powered sports car. But they do have one model that’s almost always in the discussion: the Lancer Evolution.
Now on its 10th iteration - or "X," as the Japanese automaker prefers to call it - the Evo has always been one of the most popular models in Mitsubishi’s lineup, so much so that circuit racer, Ryan Gates, decided to build an ultra-limited edition model of the Evo X.
He calls it the 311RS and it has a load of aftermarket goodies in it, something Evo X fans will come to appreciate.
Gates only has 11 models of the 311RS at his disposal with one already headed to the White Bear Mitsubishi dealership in White Bear Lake, MN. Should you be interested in taking a good look at the car, you can also go to the 2013 Minneapolis Auto Show where the car will be prominently displayed.
Find out more about the Mitsubishi 311RS Evo X after the jump
While the fate of the eleventh generation Mitsubishi Lancer is still uncertain, the current Evo X is still getting lots of attention from tuners. The latest upgrade kit has been announced by SchwabenFolia who did not only transform the look of the sedan, but also managed to obtain a power increase of 95 horsepower.
In order to obtain this result, the tuner has installed a new Turbo exhaust system from Invidia. It helps increasing the engine’s output level up from the standard 295 horsepower to 390 horsepower and a peak torque of 383 pound-feet.
For the painting process, the tuner started with a plain white car. For the front grille frames, the air intake of the bonnet and the sides of the rear spoiler the tuner used a very nice Toxic Orange Metallic. The rest of the car features a very cool Black Brushed Steel. The car sits on a set of 18-inch Yamato wheels also painted in orange.
Back in July, Mitsubishi announced the current generation Lancer Evolution has been dropped and the company will instead focus on its successor. However, this doesn’t mean tuners will also have to turn their attention from this impressive sports sedan. Today, Bulgarian tuner, Vilner, revealed the first sketches on a new Limited Edition Evo X.
The tuner revealed very little about its project, but the first images reveal that the Evo X will be heavily modified. You can very easily notice a wide-body kit with new front and rear spoilers, a very big rear diffuser, new side skirts, new headlamps and taillights – both likely receive the LED treatment.
There will also be a black roof and a redesigned hood with an aggressive-looking scoop and bigger air intakes for a better engine cooling. The car will sit on a new set of wheels in six-spoke design.
From what we can see, we should expect some pretty serious updates under the hood too. Stay tuned for full details!
In the land where the Transformers were born - no, we’re not talking about Cybertron - a new robot franchise is set to be born and it’s serving notice to everyone that they’ve got the perfect car-to-robot set-up that could potentially replace Optimus Prime and company.
It’s called Chō Soku Henkei Gyrozetter - no idea what that means - and the early renderings of the characters show some definite promise, particularly the licensed vehicles that are expected to be part of the franchise. Check out the photos and you’ll see that there’s a Toyota GT 86, a Mazda RX-8, a Mitsubishi Lancer EVO, and the Godzilla itself, the Nissan GT-R.
Created by Square Enix, the people behind the Final Fantasy video game franchise, Chō Soku Henkei Gyrozetter was first launched recently as an arcade game with an animated film version set to be released later this year.
No word on yet on whether this new animated franchise will head outside Japan, but from the looks of things, we’re expecting a lot based on what we’ve already seen.
Almost on a daily basis, we express our complete obsession with rally racing, as their drivers have to have ice in their veins to even consider whipping a car around these often treacherous tracks at triple-digit speeds. With this incredible speed and loose surfaces come some of the most incredible wrecks, but also some of the most incredible saves.
The above video comes to us from a Polish rally and from the date stamp on the video, it occurred on the August 11th. The driver of this Mitsubishi Evo came into a wet turn just a little too hot and went over the embankment at the end of the turn. Suddenly the car ends up on two wheels, but somehow it winds up back on the road and heads in a straight path.
Typically, when a racecar hits two wheels, an inexperienced driver simply plays damage control. He prepares for impact and hangs on. This driver is obviously rather seasoned, as he maintains control, doesn’t panic, and acts as if nothing happened once the car is back on all fours. This definitely qualifies as an entrant into the Save of the Year running for 2012.
Check out the video for yourself. There is one video above and two more after the jump. It’s rather impressive, but pretty loud, so you may want to adjust the volume on your speakers a little.
Click past the jump to see the two alternate views.
Pikes Peak is the home of the dramatic wreck, thanks to its 156 twists and turns over a 12-mile-long mountain course. Thanks to Paul Dallenbach, we got a really cool first-hand account of one of the two most dramatic wrecks of this year’s run. Fortunately, he is doing well and seems ready to hop back in the driver’s seat.
By far the most dramatic wreck, but only because we get to see the entire thing unfold, is the one that Jeremy Foley and his co-driver endured. As his Lancer Evolution was heading toward an area very appropriately named “Devil’s Playground,” Jeremy lost control of his Evo and went straight over the hill, rolling about 10 times – by our count – before finally coming to a smoking rest. The two had Dallenbach-like luck, as neither broke any bones, according to reports, but the co-driver is suffering from a sore shoulder. Check out the dramatic video above.
Click past the jump to see additional footage of other wrecks from the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
After a huge wildfire delayed the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, it has finally had its day in the spotlight, and it did not disappoint. The entire PPIHC was chock-full of craziness and highlights, along with some low-lights worthy of mention.
The biggest highlight of the day was seeing a record set at last year’s race fall. It fell not only once, but twice in only 10 starts. Switzerland’s Romain Dumas – a PPIHC rookie – fired up the hill, completing the course in just 9:46.18 in his 2012 Porsche GT3 RS. This demolished the 9:51.278 record set by Nobuniro Tajima In 2011. Just 10 starts later, Rhys Millen, an 18-year PPIHC veteran, beat Dumas’ time by 0.02 seconds in his 2012 Hyundai Genesis coupe. Yeah, figure that one out; a Hyundai beat a Porsche GT3 RS.
Dejected, Dumas vowed never to race Pike’s Peak again, claiming it is unfair because he raced in rainy conditions, while Millen got a drier track to run on. In all honesty, though, 10 starts just doesn’t seem like a long enough time frame to cause a huge discrepancy in track conditions. We’re calling “Sore loser” on this one. That’s no way to get a good name in the racing world.
A huge low-light in this year’s race is the fact that the 2011 champion and former record holder, Nobuniro Tajima, didn’t even get a shot at the title, as his electric motor burned up. Tajima had a pretty good chance to win the race in back-to-back years, but that was apparently not in the cards this year. We’re sure he’ll be back near the top next year.
Let’s take a look at the top-3 in each class, plus the top-10 overall results.
Click past the jump to see these results.
We’ve already heard that Mitsubishi is working on a new generation Lancer Evo, but it looks like its actual production may happen earlier than expected. Mitsubishi UK has announced that once the last 10 units left in stock are sold, the current Evo X will officially be discontinued because of the strength of the Japanese yen. According to Lance Bradley, Mitsubishi UK’s Managing Director, the price would have to double for the Evo X to continue being produced: "We used to sell the Evo for £30k; now we would have to charge £60k."
Instead, Mitsubishi UK will focus on the successor for the Evo X because of the Lancer Evo’s importance on the UK market. The problem with that is, while the standard Lancer is set to arrive in 2014, the Evo performance version is still not signed off for production.
Aside from confirming the discontinuation of the EVO X, Bradley also confirmed that the next Lancer Evo will drop the current high-revving turbo petrol engine in favor of a hybrid drivetrain combined with a diesel engine. The model will remain a four-door sedan and not turn into a hatchback as previously rumored.