It would seem that rally and race car fans have absolutely gone haywire in their efforts to show Mitsubishi Motors just how much their discontinued retail rally cars are missed and how much we want them back. It all started when the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance announced the Japanese automaker as the first of the three to launch a new vehicle, somewhere in the C- or D-car segment. This got people asking about the once beloved Lancer Evolution, but what really lit the match was the recent auctioning of the last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Tommi Makinen Edition in Europe and the release of never-before-seen concept art of theMitsubishi Starion 4WD. This was a vehicle made by the one and onlyRalliart, the high-performance team of Mitsubishi Motors recently taken out of retirement. People have been modifying the Mitsubishi Lancer and Lancer Evolution for more power in drag races, and a modified Lancer EVO IX in Europe is currently turning heads with its 706 horsepower.
Anything past 700 horsepower is a pretty crazy number for a standard vehicle, but the Lancer EVO IX is no passenger car, although it comes with four doors. This is a sports car, and it means business. We’ve talked about the Lancer EVO before, its high-performance and response that gives drivers a lot of control over a lot of power. Even at the sharpest of turns, the Lancer EVO could handle it no problem. Our last discussion was focused on the Lancer EVO VIII (eight-generation), with a video ofTopGear with the Mitsubishi EVO racing a Lamborghini.
With Mitsubishi Motors continuing to move towards crossovers and SUVs, especially plug-in hybrid SUVs, some may wonder if plans to bring back favorites like the Lancer have truly bitten the dust. Once known for their rally cars, Mitsubishi made a name for itself with the Galant Vr-4 when it won the WRC1000 and RAC Rallies in 1989, a sports car that was soon followed by the Lancer EVO. A fan-favorite for modifying, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X was popular on the track for amateur racers. The EVO-8 has even been known to match up with the likes of the Lamborghini Murciélago. Still, if Mitsubishi has duped the Lancer Crossover plans, how can we get revive the Lancer today?
Oh, we didn’t mention the new Lancer is a crossover. Yeah, that’s a thing.Mitsubishi is turning the Lancer into a crossover, and the image above is what the automaker says it’s going for. Doing what looks like drifting, this SUV will be what Mitsubishi Motors is calling a “performance-oriented” SUV. Why would Mitsubishi turn the racecar Lancer into something like this? Would you believe us if we told you this is supposed to be the rebirth of the Lancer Evolution?
When Mitsubishi Motors said they were reinventing the EVO nameplate for an all-electric SUV, many fans of the old Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution weren’t very happy. After all, the Lancer EVO was a rally car, and thelast Mitsubishi Lancer EVO was sold on eBay, September 2017. A little later, Mitsubishi Motors debuted theMitsubishi e-Evolution at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2017. They called it a “high-performance” SUV, and had plans to also make it semi-autonomous with all new futuristic designs inside and out. Then, in early 2018, Mitsubishi announced the revival of theMitsubishi Lancer as a crossover. Signs are pointing to this new Lancer becoming the e-Evolution concept to resurrect the nameplate. Again, fans aren’t happy, but let’s take a look at what the Lancer EVO was once capable of, and how its abilities can translate into a crossover today.
Here’s a video of Jeremy Clarkson from BBC’s TopGear showing off the Lancer EVO eighth-generation, and ultimately racing a Lamborghini Murciélago. The results were surprising.
Mitsubishi Motors is doing it again. We’re not surprised, and unlike some of the pessimists of the internet, we’re not disheartened either. We all know Mitsubishi Motors has turned their attention towards crossovers for their future lineup. This was first evident when they teased the debut of their new crossover,a throwback to the Mitsubishi Eclipse, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. Thenew Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross debuted at Geneva during the auto show, and there was plenty to like. Not only did this crossover have some of the aesthetic appeal of a sports car, but the technology in the Eclipse Cross was a new frontier for Mitsubishi. The next Mitsubishi vehicle to be transformed is the Mitsubishi Lancer, now a crossover.
Mitsubishi already has an electric vehicle, the Mitsubishi i-Miev, and they’re releasing anall-electric commercial truck line very soon. We know they plan to enter the autonomous car race as well, given their current development ofautonomous mapping technology. What’s next for the auto brand? Let’s just say West Coast Customs isn’t the only company that’s going to give Mitsubishi Motors a new look.
Mitsubishi recently announced some exciting news about the Lancer — a new Limited Edition trim will join the lineup soon. That means a new look, tons of goodies, and a final Lancer trim before Mitsubishi ends production on it for good. Best of all, it has a starting MSRP of $19,795 and will be available by the end of May 2017.
“The Lancer has a long-standing tradition of providing consumers unparalleled value at an attractive price, so it was only fitting we pay tribute to the sedan with a Limited Edition trim offering … With the addition of updated styling and advanced technology features, the Limited Edition Lancer is set to appeal to consumers who prioritize aesthetics and enjoy a connected car experience.” – Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Mitsubishi Motors North America.
Sounds about right. The new Lancer Limited Edition trim will have the same engine and horsepower on the Lancer ES, but the engine is paired to Mitsubishi’s Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), an automatic transmission that seamlessly switches through gears without a loss of speed or expended fuel. That transmission boosts the vehicle’s fuel economy up to 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
This year, Mitsubishi Motors is celebrating their 100-year Anniversary. It’s quite the milestone for any company, and it makes one think back on how it all started. Even moreso, where is the motor company heading now? Before thinking about the future, we need to take a step back to where it all began.
Mitsubishi Motors was born in the early 1900s, and their very first automobile was the Mitsubishi Model-A. Not a fancy name, but the vehicle was designed for luxury and important people. Sort of like horse-drawn carriages, one would expect someone important is traveling, so it makes sense. We don’t expect many of our readers to remember the world 100 years ago, but if you do, you might remember World War I was being fought.
In 1961 Mitsubishi found their passion … racing. They entered and set a track record at an international motorsports event with their new vehicle, the Mitsubishi 500 Super Deluxe. However, even with international acknowledgement, Mitsubishi was still mostly in Japan in the 60’s, and it would be a little while until they came to America. Here in the states, you may remember Martin Luther King Jr, the top Soul Brother that changed a country.
Here’s when Mitsubishi started to really make a name for themselves, research electric vehicle technology, and shortly after becoming the first automaker to massively market an electric vehicle. This is also the year they came to America, but to break the ice, their vehicle was bought and sold by Dodge under the veil of the Dodge Colt for more than 20 years. The 1970s were largely a time of change with many people of color and gender fighting for their rights, and protests against the ongoing Vietnam War.
Hello darkness, my old friend…oh it’s a sad shame, it is. With so many possibilities afoot when Mitsubishi joined up with Nissan-Renault, talk of the Lancer was one of the first changes to pop up. Now, Mitsubishi Motors says that 2017 will be the last model year that the Lancer will be produced. What will happen now?
Themerge between Nissan and Mitsubishi in late 2016 was and will still be a mutually beneficial relationship between the two companies. There was talk about the Lancer being placed on Nissan’s CMF platform to easily share components between Nissan, Renault, and Mitsubishi. Whether or not that concept will return under a new name is unknown, so for now, the Lancer is being laid to rest.
Although the new 2017 Mitsubishi Lancer has many great features, good fuel economy and modern technology, some drivers are looking for ways to bump up the engine’s horsepower and torque. Well, thankfully there are plenty of components and mods out there to increase an engine’s power without getting a new car. Here’s a list of some modifications you can do to increase your Lancer’s horsepower and torque.
Cold Air Intake
One of the easiest ways to increase the horsepower of an engine is to increase the airflow to the engine. There are various types of air intakes, but in the end many drivers lean towards a cold air intake. Cold air intakes are designed with an increased surface area to pull air through and then they make that air cold. Cold air intakes can be up to three times larger than factory air intakes. Cold air is denser than warm air, and denser air has more oxygen, which is key to creating bigger explosions in the combustion chamber. It’s basic science, the more air and oxygen in the combustion chamber, the bigger the explosions of fuel, and bigger explosions create more engine power.
After the engine burns up the air and fuel, it expels the leftover fumes through the exhaust. Stock mufflers don’t do justice when it comes to horsepower. The CatBack exhaust will remove the restrictions of the muffler and allow fumes to escape quickly in a straight shot.
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