Rising to the occasion

Mitsubishi has never failed to deliver promises since instituting the legend EVOLUTION. And after three years or so, here comes the Japanese car manufacturer again leaving us short-breath.

Mitsubishi Evolution X or simply known, EVO X.

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The Lancer Evolution X sedan will feature a newly designed 4B11T 2.0 L turbocharged, all-aluminum Straight-4 engine. Power and torque depend on the market (North American version: 291 hp (217 kW) and 300 lbf·ft, Japanese version: 291 hp (217 kW) and 300 lbf·ft, UK version: 276 bhp at 6500 rpm, 311 lbf·ft at 3500 rpm). Two versions of the car will be offered in the U.S. The Lancer Evolution MR, with 6-speed Twin Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST). The other version is the GSR which will have a 5-speed manual transmission system. The car has also a new full-time four-wheel drive system named S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control), an advanced version of Mitsubishi’s AWC system used in previous generations. The S-AWC uses torque vectoring technology to send different amount of torque to any wheel at any given time.

It also features Mitsubishi’s new sequential semi-automatic six speed Twin Clutch SST twin-clutch transmission with steering-mounted magnesium alloy shift paddles. A 5-speed manual gearbox will also be available. Mitsubishi claims that the 5 speed manual transmission has always been preferred in rallying and should be very refined, resulting in a more satisfying drive. New Lancer Evolution will incorporate Mitsubishi’s next generation RISE safety body.

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The production version of Prototype-X has begun production in Autumn 2007. The Evolution X went on sale October 1, 2007 in Japan then in January 2008 in the U.S.A., February in Canada (as the first version of Evolution in Canada) and in March 2008 in the UK at prices between £27,499 and £37,999. The Twin Clutch SST version was available in Japan from November 2007. Europe will follow with sales in May, GSR and MR version (= incl. Premium Package).

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Japanese models

The engine is the 4B11-type 2.0 litre inline-4 turbo, derived from the World Engine in Lancer. Engine is rated 422 Nm (43.0 kg-m)@3500 rpm. Aluminum is used in the roof panel, front fenders and the rear spoiler frame structure.

  • RS – 5 speed manual transmission. 18-inch tires. Driver dual-stage airbag. Standard Engine immobilizer.
  • GSR – Standard rear spoiler. 5 speed manual or 6-speed Twin Clutch SST transmission (magnesium paddle shifters on SST model). 245/40R18 tire on Enkei 12-spoke high-rigidity cast alloy wheels or optional BBS lightweight alloy wheels. Brembo ventilated disc brakes. Standard S-AWC 4WD system. Driver and front passenger dual-stage airbag. Standard. Engine immobilizer with security alarm. Optional Mitsubishi Motors Communication System (MMCS) which comprises a 30Gb hard disk drive audio/navigation system with 7-inch (180 mm) LCD screen. Optional Rockford Fosgate premium sound system. Optional keyless remote entry.

GSR can be fitted with following packages:

  • High Performance Package – Bilstein single tube shock absorbers and Eibach coil springs, brembo 2-piece disc brakes, high performance tires with stiffer walls and better grip.
  • Stylish Exterior Package – Chrome finish for the front grille lattice and beltline molding, body color-keyed fender vents, adds fog lamps.
  • Leather Combination Interior –
  • Premium Package – All 3 above packages plus 18-inch (460 mm) BBS lightweight alloy wheels.

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North American models

  • GSR – Same as base Japanese GSR.
  • MR – 6-speed TC-SST transmission. Suspension with Eibach springs and BILSTEIN struts. 18-inch BBS forged alloy wheels. Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps. Color-keyed large rear spoiler. Leather and sueded seating. Electronic keyless entry and starting system. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Bluetooth hands-free cellular phone interface system with voice recognition.
  • MR Premium – MR with a 650 watt (max) Rockford Fosgate stereo with 9 speakers.

Option packages:

  • (GSR only) Sight, Sound and Spoiler Package – Xenon HID headlamps with manual leveling; large rear spoiler; FAST-Key electronic entry and starting system; 650-watt (maximum) Rockford Fosgate audio system; in-dash 6-disc CD changer; SIRIUS Satellite Radio with six months prepaid subscription.
  • (MR only) Technology Package: Mitsubishi Multi Communication System, GPS navigation with Diamond Lane Guidance; 30GB hard disc drive with Digital Music Server, in-dash DVD/CD player, multifunction 7-inch color LCD touchscreen, 650-watt (maximum) Rockford Fosgate high-performance audio system, SIRIUS Satellite Radio with six months prepaid subscription.
  • Accessory

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Lancer Ralliart

A detuned and cheaper version of the Evo X was announced at the 2008 Detroit auto show. This model will have 177 kW (237 hp), 343 N·m (253 ft·lbf) of torque. For 2009, the Ralliart will be available exclusively with the TC-SST transmission, although Mitsubishi has suggested the possibility of a 5-speed transmission at a later date. The car also includes a simplified version of the Evolution’s AWD system, with a simple “mechanical limited slip” rear differential.

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credits goes to Wikipedia , the INTRO’s mine though. LOL

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