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Mitsubishi Press Release) In
Detroit, Mitsubishi Motors hints today at the next generation of its
iconic supercar, the much anticipated and all-new Lancer Evolution.
Consistent with MMCs impeccable sporting credentials, its high
performance engine, outstanding dynamics and sharp design will
appeal to enthusiasts worldwide. As such, Prototype X also
demonstrates the depth and breadth of the new Lancer sports sedan
family, ranging from entry model (1.5 l in Europe) right up to the
all-new Lancer Evolution, the range topping supercar.
Coming Soon: (R)Evolution
Heir of the Lancer 1600
GSR of the 70s or the Lancer EX 2000 Turbo of the 80s, the Lancer
Evolution has lived up to its namesake by greatly improving with
each successive generation since 1992. (Lancer Evolution VIII was
the first to be officially offered in the European market).
As Prototype X demonstrates, the Lancer Evolution will soon make
perhaps the largest leap in overall capability seen between two
generations of this model. The next Lancer Evolution will offer
major gains in handling dynamics and technology while maintaining
the kind of thrilling turbo engine performance that has made the
model a legend around the world.
Although clearly based on the new Lancer and sharing its distinctive
shark-mouth grille opening, Prototype X features a unique front end,
rear fenders and decklid. Making a maximum-performance statement,
Prototype X looks the part with its boxed fenders, aggressively
sloping hood with integral air scoop, 20-inch alloy wheels with
massive brakes and the high-tech LED turn signals in the sideview
Inside, the deeply contoured bucket seats are upholstered in
high-grip suede-like material An electronic lap counter hints at the
cars weekend club racer capability, while the red LED light band
that spans the doors and the dash surface might suggest a
customizing idea to future customers.
The user technology in Prototype X previews what will be available
for the next Lancer Evolution. While not all design features and
content seen on Prototype X will make it to the production vehicle,
the overall design will carry through.
The engine powering
Prototype X and the next Lancer Evolution is a turbocharged
version of the all-new aluminum 4B11 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC engine
used in the 2008 Lancer sports sedan.
It will yield the highest power rating ever in a Lancer Evolution
model. (Since development continues, final engine output figures
will be revealed at a later date.) Significantly, the newest Lancer
Evolution will have less differentiation from market to market than
the previous generations.
The new models aluminum engine block is a significant 20 kg lighter
than the iron-block 4G63 engine used in all previous models, which
aids weight distribution. In addition, its orientation (exhaust
located on bulkhead side) allows for improved placement that helps
to lower the center of gravity.
Although the new Lancer Evolution engine block is lighter, it was
designed from the outset for high-performance turbocharged
applications. High inherent strength has been achieved partly
through over-engineering of the open deck block, and the use of
large water jackets and metal areas around each siamesed cylinder
bore. The reciprocating assembly of the turbocharged 4B11 is capable
of withstanding high levels of boost.
Automated Manual Transmission
Prototype X is equipped
with the automated manual transmission with magnesium steering wheel
paddle shifters that will be available on the next Lancer Evolution.
This new transmission will offer lightning fast, paddle-shift
actuated shifting when desired, along with offering a fully
automatic mode. This unit is not a conventional torque-converter
automatic transmission, but rather a true auto-capable manual
similar to that used on some of the worlds most notable performance
For stick shift purists, the next Lancer Evolution will still offer
a conventional 5-speed manual transmission. With the 4B11 turbo
engines stronger torque performance, a 5-speed will provide optimal
Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC)
The next Lancer
Evolution, while still providing the levels of engine performance
that appeal to this models loyal core customers, will expand
dynamic capability with the new Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC)
Combining intelligent full-time four-wheel drive with stability
control, S-AWC is a further development of the advanced full-time
4WD technology first introduced on the new-generation Outlander SUV
In Prototype X and the upcoming Lancer Evolution this
next-generation system combines an Active Center Differential (ACD)
with an Active Yaw Control (AYC) rear differential and Active Skid
Control (ASC). The AYC rear differential has never been offered on a
Lancer Evolution sold in the U.S. market.
The combination of all these technologies will help the Lancer
Evolution make optimal use of its considerable torque and also
ensure the highest level of dynamic capability and stability ever in
this model. At the same time, the new technology will further
enhance the exhilarating driving performance character that
customers have come to expect from this model.
The next Lancer Evolution once again features its own suspension
system, replacing steel stampings of the standard Lancer with
race-proven forged aluminum components. Due to the high rigidity of
the new Project Global platform, the Evolutions suspension can be
tuned to provide a more compliant and stable ride than before
without compromising handling performance a trait that is expected
from a true world-class performance sedan.
With exciting performance* assured Mitsubishi will be able to equip
the upcoming Lancer Evolution to be a markedly better car for
everyday driving. User technologies introduced on the new Outlander
and Lancer models will also be offered in the next Lancer Evolution,
including a premium Rockford-Fosgate 650-watt (max.) audio system,
HDD navigation system with music server, Bluetooth, steering wheel
audio controls, and an automatic climate control system.