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.
This Mitsubishi 4000GT Rendering Has Us Itching for a Nissan GT-R Fighter
The jury’s still out on the future of the Nissan GT-R but that’s not of utter importance right now. We’re here to talk about a nameplate and a digital successor to that nameplate that haven’t been yet twisted to denote a crossover or an SUV. That’s right, we’re talking about the Mitsubishi 3000GT and an artist’s vision of a would-be 4000GT.
Top 10 Fastest Used Cars Under $20K
With the prices of cars increasing, a $20,000 used sports car has become harder to obtain these days. Not too long ago, you could afford a decent runner for $20,000 and still have enough change to buy a few cosmetic kits. But that’s no longer the case today, or at least, not for the most part. Look hard enough, though, and you can still score some good deals on used sports cars for $20,000 or less. These cars aren’t world-beaters by any stretch of the imagination, but they should still have enough juice to get the adrenaline flowing. They’re out there in the world. All you need to do is look for them.
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.
Mitsubishi’s Reasons For Not Building a Sports Car Will Leave You Longing For the Days of the Eclipse and Evolution
Mitsubishi’s sports car heritage is as rich as it is illustrious. But look at the automaker’s catalog of models these days, and guess how many sports cars you’ll see? Zero. None. Squat. Gone are the days when Mitsubishi could point to performance mavens like the Eclipse, Galant VR4, and the iconic Evolution and proudly call them one of its own. These days, Mitsubishi’s sole focus is on crossovers and SUVs, and that’s going to remain its focus in the foreseeable future. If that doesn’t answer the persistent questions on whether Mitsubishi is looking into a new sports car model, then this short three-word comment should do the trick: it’s not happening.
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.
Mitsubishi Has all But Comfirmed that it Will Slander the EVO Name by Plastering it on an SUV
You might want to sit down for this, especially if you’re a card-carrying member of the Mitsubishi Evolution fan club. A high-ranking Mitsubishi executive really spoke out on the possibility of bringing the iconic nameplate back in the future. He didn’t exactly specify how the Japanese automaker plans to do it, but if it did, there’s a possibility that it wouldn’t return in the state that earned it a place in the annals of automotive history as one of the most iconic rally-bred, performance cars in the world. Instead — this is the part where you really have to sit down — the Evo name could return and be used on an SUV. Gulp.
Craigslister Reposts Mitsubishi 3000GT For Sale, Doubles Price to $1 Million
One month ago, our friends over at Jalopnik spotted one of the more insane craigslist ads we’ve seen in quite some time – a ’98 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 with an asking price of a half-million bucks. American. Obviously, a figure like that leads us to ask a few questions. Did the car carry the world’s first fully self-aware AI? Did it run on starlight and unicorn dreams? Did past owners include Elvis, JFK, and Jesus? Unfortunately, the answer to each of these questions is a firm “no,” so what’s the justification here? Well, the car in question is undeniably clean and a top-notch example of one of Mitsubishi’s best ‘90s era sports cars, but you’ll have to forgive our incredulity at ponying up Lamborghini Aventador money for a 20-year-old Japanese import, no matter how well maintained it might be. Welp, it looks like the seller agrees, but not in the way you might expect, as the same Mitsubishi just reappeared on craigslist, this time tagged with an asking price of a cool million dollars. El. Oh. El.
Of course, the seller is eager to list some of the finer points of such a “legendary” vehicle, speculating that it could be “1 of 231” examples, and that it was “Featured in Glacier White Pearl in-car on a PS2 Screen Shot while waiting for the first Street Race of the first Fast and the Furious movie.” How prestigious.
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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.
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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To have a love of classic Japanese cars is a little different from having an appreciation for old cars from other places. A lot of really cool cars never made it out of Japan during their production cycles, and most haven’t become valuable enough to be as well-known as some rare Italian cars. No, if you want a boxy car with mirrors way out on the fenders, you’re going to have to work for it. This video tells the story of a man who really had to work for his Mitsubishi/Colt Galant GTO.
Matt De Mangos spent eight years restoring his Galant GTO, a right-hand-drive car that was never sold in the U.S. and that De Mangos had to import himself. It’s not a particularly well-known car, possibly not even in Japan at this point, and it has proved very difficult to work on. Things that are usually relatively simple to figure out on an old American car are a whole different story with the Galant GTO, to the point that De Mangos says he had to learn Japanese in order to finish the restoration job. And from the looks of his garage, he really committed to it.
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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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.
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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.