April 5th, 2011
The outcry belied by the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Community has proven that it can change minds, and fast. The backlash from Mitsubishi’s recent announcement of its plans to axe the Lancer Evolution was so strong that the automaker has decided to spare its celebrated performance car—or at least some of it.
Mitsubishi has promised to continue producing the Lancer Evolution X (or simply Evo) for the remainder of its planned life cycle. But with that promise comes a caveat. In line with Mitsubishi’s plan to build more EVs and eco-friendly vehicles, the plan for the Evo going forward is to make it less mean and more green.
While that may sound like sacrilege to some, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Mitsubishi is aware of the huge following that the Evo has. After all, it’s the fans that saved the car. The last thing the company wants to do is alienate them. That’s why Mitsubishi intends to use the Evo to not only showcase its performance technologies, but its green technologies as well. So owners of the nex-gen Lancer Evolution will get to experience all the fun of driving an Evo along with a few added fuel-economy bonuses.
Although it might not be the same rally special we’ve loved all these years, we’re just glad the Evo will live to fight another day.
March 2nd, 2011
Shocking, we know. The Lancer Evolution, Mitsubishi’s most iconic car, synonymous with all-terrain performance, will make its final run in 2013. The original Evolution, which was released in Japan 19 years ago, was an instant hit with both enthusiasts and professional-level race teams alike.
Mitsubishi made turbocharged all-wheel drive performance affordable, so that the masses could enjoy performance normally privy to only Porsche owners.
The earlier Evo engine, the 4G63, is legendary and can only really be compared to the ferocious 1993-2002 Toyota Supra’s JZA80 in terms of engine durability and integrity, even after tuners figured out ways to triple horsepower using larger turbochargers and bigger, more robust fuel systems. The current generation (10th gen) Evo uses an equally stout CZ4A, which produces a solid 291 horsepower.
So the main question every Evo fan is asking, is, why? In a word: EVs. Mitsubishi’s global product director, Gayu Eusegi told the UK’s Autocar the sad news during an interview with the publication that Mitsubishi will shift its focus to EV Technology, beginning with its i-MiEV.
Also getting the boot are the Eclipse, Galant and Endeavor. In their places, Mitsubishi plans on releasing a total of six new electric/hybrid vehicles by 2015.
Maybe the conflict in the Middle East (Egypt, Libya, etc) and its effect on the $102/barrel oil reported early this morning have auto manufacturers reevaluating their long-term plans.
Maybe not. But one thing is for sure: the Evo will be missed.
In a car that’s destined to be a classic, you should start pricing yours before they’re all gone. For 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Pricing in your area, click here.