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2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI

Published July 13, 2012

The Japanese automakers produce killer cars that are fun to drive and last. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X1 is no different. It’s considered by many to be a hot looking car with its big gaping shark mouth grille and lunging stance. The car sold and was admired and popular, certainly with anyone familiar with the rally circuit. So logically in 2011 Mitsubishi announced it would be putting the Lancer to pasture. The people did not like this news. Not one little bit. Okay, admittedly it was reported that only 2050 Lancers were sold in 2010, but still. The point Mitsubishi was missing was that people liked the car, they were just off the mark here and there.

Enter the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution XI. An all new hybrid offering. It is equipped with an electric engine to power the front wheels and a 2.0 liter gas engine will drive the rear. Mistubishi insists that the electric motor acts as a smooth turbo-like function. This is assisting the 291-horsepower turbocharged 2.0 liter engine. As with all hybrids on the market the electric engine is designed to power the vehicle at low and moderate in town speeds and the 2.0 liter engine will be responsible for high speeds and highway driving. It’s rumored that the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo will provide 140mpg economy, and if it holds true to that statistic you can expect a great more than 2050 of these cars to be sold in North America in the coming year. And by the way you’ll be stopping all the power with the Brembo breaking system.

The exterior design of the coming Lancer Evo has been merely modified a little. Mitsubishi has honed the appearance and somehow made it a little more menacing. The rear spoiler finishes off the desired look. The interior has a definitive sport atmosphere to it and includes features such as Recaro semi-bucket racing seats with fixed head rests and a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel. Also available is a Navigation system with a hands free Link system and a USB port. And of course no drive would be complete without a 140-Watt CD/MP3 Audio System with 6 Speakers and Digital Signal Processor.

This is Mistubishi doing an exceptional job at keeping pace with the earth conscious high performance hybrid trend. Yet in the end the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution XI is every bit as rally inspired as previous models. Which means you can bet dollars to donuts that this car will be certainly making the rally circuits again in the coming years.

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