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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR – Click above for high-res image gallery

Mitsubishi has modestly warmed over its already hot Lancer Evolution for 2011. For the new model year, buyers can look forward to a host of styling and tech treats. As in the past, the rally heathen will be available in both GSR and MR trims, but the Japanese automaker is throwing in the company's new FUSE system for handling calls via Bluetooth and integrating music players. Even better, those gadgets should be controllable by voice command. In addition, the Lancer Evolution will now ship with a real-time traffic system when equipped with navigation. But let's be honest, no one is buying the Evolution for the infotainment.

Fortunately, Mitsubishi has also thrown in a few other changes for 2011, including a re-tuned exhaust system. The company isn't saying whether or not the new pipes add any horsepower to the equation, but the press release does indicate that the car now has a more throaty bark. In addition, Mitsu has effected some subtle aero tweaks. In shoutier GSR trim, that continues to mean one very large, very high-profile wing (now with slightly tweaked uprights), while MR continues to make use of a more subtle lip spoiler. Hit the jump for the press release and check out the gallery below.

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Mitsubishi's 2011 Lancer Evolution Sports Sedan - The Ultimate 4-Door Sports Car - Adds New High-Tech Luxury Amenities At No Additional Cost To The Consumer

October 8, 2010 -- CYPRESS, Calif. -- With its rally racing-inspired design, electronic driver aids and potent turbocharged power, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is one of the most capable high-performance sports sedans in the marketplace today. But the lusty appeal of this instantly recognizable 4-door is not limited just to the North American market; the "Evo" has a rabid fan following throughout the world.

Two versions of the Lancer Evolution will be offered in the U.S. market for the 2011 model year: the GSR model that features a short-throw 5-speed manual transmission along with a long list of standard features as well as numerous advanced electronic driver aids including the advanced Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) full-time all-wheel drive system and an even better equipped MR edition that includes Mitsubishi's remarkable 6-speed Twin Clutch Sportronic-Shift Transmission (TC-SST).

New for the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution:

Mitsubishi's FUSE Hands-free Link System™

This innovative technology gives users the ability to access their Bluetooth-enabled cell phone, iPod or USB drive with the sound of their voice. By using simple voice commands, users can make hands-free phone calls and play their favorite songs by artist, genre, album or playlist. What's more, the Gracenote® software that recognizes the names of musical artists and their songs can be updated for free so that as consumers add more and more new music, the FUSE system will recognize these new voice commands.

Real-Time Traffic (RTT)

A very convenient and informative real-time traffic (RTT) function has been added to the available 40GB HDD navigation system.

Retuned Exhaust

The Lancer Evolution's exhaust system has been tuned for an even more sporty-sounding exhaust note.

Sporty-looking Rear Spoilers

All Lancer Evolution GSR models now include a large rear spoiler at no additional cost to the consumer, with the MR version receiving a stylish low-key rear lip spoiler.

USB auxiliary input

Every Lancer Evolution features a convenient USB port that is easily accessed inside the storage bin between the two front seats.

Aggressive Racing Car-Inspired Styling

Automotive enthusiasts - especially fans of motorsports - have long appreciated the distinctive and aggressive body lines that have been a trademark characteristic throughout the years for the Lancer Evolution sports sedan. The current 10th-generation car continues to carry this trend but does so with a design aesthetic that is arguably the most refined interpretation of this legendary high-performance sports sedan's long and storied sporting history.

Inspired by the air intakes on jet fighters, the tall and wide openings of the car's front fascia not only lend the Lancer Evolution an imposing face but also flow vast volumes of air into the engine compartment to provide beneficial cooling to the radiator and intercooler, helping to maximize power production. Vents located atop the lightweight aluminum hood and on the sheetmetal aft of the front wheels are as functional as they are stylish as they help to evacuate hot air from within the engine compartment.

Protruding fenders at all four corners, a relatively tall beltline that slopes slightly downward towards the front of the vehicle and the car's short rear deck lid all combine to give the Lancer Evolution a stance that is both muscular and attractive-looking.

A tall trunk lid-mounted rear spoiler (GSR model) or a low-profile rear lip spoiler (MR model) round out the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution's exciting race car-inspired exterior styling.

Exhilarating Turbocharged/Intercooled 2.0-Liter Engine

The well-engineered 4B11 T/C engine is at the heart of every Lancer Evolution's fast-paced athleticism - it can get the pulse racing of even the most jaded automotive enthusiast with its ultra-quick acceleration and loads of instantaneous power on tap at seemingly any point of the tachometer's rev range.

Though only 2.0-liters (1,997 cc) in displacement, this hearty DOHC 16-valve inline-4 powerplant consists of an all-aluminum engine block and cylinder head (for high-strength and light weight) and a bore and stroke that both measure exactly 86.0 mm (3.4 in.), making it a "square" design as its bore-stroke ratio is 1.0. Power ratings for this engine are 291 horsepower at 6,500 rpm with a full 300 lb.-ft. of torque produced at a much lower 4,000 rpm. Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system (MIVEC) works on both the intake and exhaust camshafts for optimized power production and cleaner exhaust emissions. This turbocharged/intercooled engine's compression ratio is 9.0:1.

Short-Throw 5-speed Manual or Rapid-Fire 6-speed Twin Clutch Sportronic-Shift Transmission

As standard equipment on the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR, the 5-speed manual gearbox is a driver's delight.

Its shift lever navigates through the gates with rifle bolt-like precision with each short, satisfying throw. The driver will also find that the lightweight clutch pedal operates in a similar manner. The functionality of both the shifter and the clutch pedal reward the operator with a high degree of mechanical feel - precisely what one wants from a high-performance sports car.

But while the smooth operation and tactile feel of the manual transmission found in the GSR model offers satisfying performance, the hard-core driving enthusiast will surely opt for the high-tech transmission included in every Lancer Evolution MR model.

Mitsubishi's revolutionary Twin Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST) is nothing short of an engineering marvel.

The TC-SST allows the driver to perform shifts in a fraction of the time that they could be performed with a standard manual transmission. The system also allows the driver to make these shifts via the console-mounted shift lever or even more conveniently by magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters. What's more, this close-ratio 6-speed Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission can operate in a fully automated mode, just like the typical automatic transmission. In either manual or automatic mode, each up or down shift takes place instantaneously with no perceptible lag time, with the engine management system "blipping" the throttle with every downshift, matching the engine and transmission speeds perfectly.

Supercar Performance from Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC)

Mitsubishi's Lancer Evolution has always been known for its exceptional handling prowess. But the advanced electronic driver aids on the current generation vehicle - especially the company's superb Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system - have taken the Evolution's road hugging maneuverability to an astonishingly high level.

Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) is not one specific device but a network of technologically-advanced dynamic systems that constantly communicate with each other to provide optimized tractability. These include Active Stability Control (ASC), an Active Center Differential (ACD), an Active Yaw Control (AYC) rear differential, and Sport ABS brakes. Working in concert, Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) modulates torque delivery to each wheel in real-time for maximum control.

The Active Stability Control (ASC) includes the vehicle's traction control and stability control systems and helps to regulate brake force and engine power distribution at each individual wheel.

The Active Center Differential (ACD) uses an electronically-controlled hydraulic multi-plate clutch to split engine torque (up to 50:50) between the front and rear wheels. This routing of engine power between the front and rear of the vehicle is determined by data collected from a variety of sensors including individual wheel speeds, throttle opening, steering wheel angle, and the vehicle's lateral and longitudinal positioning.

Acting in a similar fashion to a conventional limited-slip differential, the Active Yaw Control (AYC) rear differential utilizes a planetary gear differential, yaw rate sensor and brake force control via the Active Stability Control (ASC) system to control rear wheel torque for improved traction and stability in slippery road conditions and high-speed cornering.

And thanks to advanced brake pressure and yaw rate sensors, the Sport Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) helps the driver to maintain better steering control on slippery surfaces or under very heavy braking.

Advanced Sport-Tuned Chassis and Suspension

A highly rigid structure, strong but lightweight components and a superbly-tuned independent suspension system make up the foundation of every Lancer Evolution.

The Evo's platform features ample use of ultra-strong yet lightweight high-tensile steel along with a hood, greenhouse and front fenders composed entirely of lightweight aluminum. Mitsubishi engineers cleverly placed the car's battery and windshield washer fluid reservoir in the trunk to help improve overall vehicle weight distribution.

The suspension consists of a McPherson type strut (inverted strut) design at the front of the vehicle with a multi-link suspension employed at the rear. To improve unsprung weight, the control arms for both the front and rear suspensions are constructed of forged aluminum. Another Lancer Evolution strong suit is its incredible braking ability, thanks to a Brembo braking system that uses 4-channel Sport ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and large ventilated rotors at all four corners (13.8-in. diameter with 4-piston calipers up front and 13.0-in. diameter with 2-piston calipers in back). The Lancer Evolution MR model's brakes are even more advanced as they employ a two-piece rotor design for reduced weight. Super-sticky 245/40R18 Yokohama ADVAN asymmetrical performance tires wrapped around 18 x 8.5-in. wheels (Enkei® cast-alloy on the GSR and BBS® forged-alloy on the MR) round out the ultra-high-performance componentry and design that make this sensational performance car every bit as capable on the racetrack as it is comfortable for driving in the real world.

World-Class Daily Driver

Having made its mark on the world in motorsports competition including multiple championships in the grueling World Rally Championship (WRC) where combatants battle it out on courses that include sand, gravel and paved roads, the current Lancer Evolution is a delightful vehicle to live with on a daily basis thanks to its excellent ergonomics and thoughtful amenities.

Supportive yet comfortable RECARO® front bucket sports seats work well for either quick trips or long daily commutes, while a sumptuous-sounding 6-speaker 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with digital signal processor, cruise control, automatic climate control, remote keyless entry and power windows, side mirrors and door locks help make extended time behind the wheel very pleasurable.
A Touring package is also available for the MR that consists of a power glass sunroof; leather seating surfaces for the RECARO® seats; improved sound insulation; rain-sensing wipers; automatic on/off headlamps and heated front seats and door mirrors.

Advanced Safety Technologies

The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution features numerous innovative safety technologies to help protect all of the vehicle's occupants.

Every Evolution is endowed with Mitsubishi's next-generation Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) unibody platform that, in the event of side or rear collisions, helps to dissipate energy away from the vehicle's occupants to improve protection from injury; the RISE system also helps to protect the fuel system from rear impacts.

Seven air bags are also included: Advanced dual front air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with occupant sensors, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags, side curtain air bags and a driver's side knee air bag. A Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and anti-lock braking system (advanced Sport ABS included on the Lancer Evolution) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) are also included.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I find it funny when they say "rally racing inspired design" when Mitsu has not been in WRC for years and has not been successful at it for even longer.

      I'm not really calling out the Evo cause its great car nevertheless but just calling for Mitsu to get back into WRC again.
        • 4 Years Ago
        there are other rallies out there other than the WRC.

        you forgot about rally america... thats where they get their "rally racing inspired design" from - according to their ads
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Mitsu looks absolutely EVOL.Does it still make 400 hp or less? Anyways, I'll take one in grey, hatchback please.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're so full of fail. First of all, Mitsubishi never ever made 400hp Evo's. Second, Evo's never came in hatchback form. I don't think you're ready to handle an Evo. Maybe you should take a look at Subaru's offerings.
        • 4 Years Ago
        *Never offered 400hp Evos in the US anyway
      • 4 Years Ago
      one of the best - if not the largest - 4-door sedan of all time. Invoice importer showrooms in autumn 2011, motoring to the masses will welcome a new member of Mitsubishi Motors, the family awe-inspiring. Slotting between the Lancer Evolution GSR and MR-top Touring is an exciting new limited-edition 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution SE - SE stands for "Special Edition", which cites many of the best features of both models and the creation of what might be the last evolution.
      • 4 Years Ago
      can't type...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really like that one model has the low key spoiler since not all of us want huge spoilers on our cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Your headline hinted at more than new electronic gadgets and a new muff....I was hoping they'd lost 300# of lard in order to get back to the original recipe .... ie: the '06 IX ..... back to looking for a good used '06. Bruce
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah too bad that won't happen. Mitsubishi is doing the same thing they did to the Eclipse, commercializing it and taming it. Now look at what it is, an over bloated, round, slow, hair dressers car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        btw, id gladly take one of the 2011s for a daily, but the IX is still a more raw drivers car definitely.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have one for sale with 42k miles. :D hahaha autoblog screen name doesnt come with tho. hahah
      • 4 Years Ago
      With a title like that, I was hoping for at least a sound clip of the exhaust...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where is the big wing ???
      • 4 Years Ago
      i really like how understated the MR is... the GSR not so much
      • 4 Years Ago
      EVOIX .... send me some details ... bfa@cox.net
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those BBS wheels are nice. Like RGR's but with an odd number of Y-spokes.

      It is a damn shame that the Eclipse is so dowdy-looking, and not equipped like this, technically.

      It'd be worth the drivetrain swap, if the body would look good afterward, and not so ba-donk-a-donk, and not in a good way.

      I wish there were a 3-door AWD coupe out there with a manual or dual-clutch choice, and a Turbo 4 or V6 engine choice. Genesis coupe isn't quite good looking enough, either, and doesn't offer the dual-clutch, or the AWD traction.

      Evo is just so boxy, and the sportback isn't much better looking in person, as I had hoped it would be. The sportback doesn't look sleeker, but rather swollen on the back side. Seems to be a Mitsubishi theme, along with the Eclipse.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was just pointing out that instead of responding to my original point, you deflected, and brought up other products from other brands.

        Why would a car company with such a small marketshare scrap a coupe that they have, and build a different one?

        Is Eclipse not based on the Lancer or Galant underpinnings already? Why not make it correctly, instead of re-tooling at more expense?

        I know acutely well that there is a dearth of viable, affordable coupes on the market, and almost none under 35K with AWD.

        If I were Mitsubishi, and I have long clamored for this from Subaru... to see it as an opportunity to CAPTURE the market that others are ignoring, even if it is somewhat small. A small company can afford to, and is probably wise to use niche market positioning.

        The coupe market died out from the mid-90s to the mid-2000s... but has been cautiously returning since, as SUV excess becomes less fashionable, and more importantly, less economically efficient. Nissan brought the Z back, in addition to putting a coupe on the Altima nameplate. Mustang is on a roll, and GM brought the Camaro out of moth-balls, just as Chrysler did with Challenger. Hyundai threw their hat in the ring, and Kia is build a new fairly handsome little front-driver, if you don't mind FWD. Honda is insane, and nobody knows why the refuse to build a sporty car. They let a great little chassis out to pasture, with the S2000, which could have been expanded to a 2+2. CR-Z is a coupe, but not a good one. Toyota is also inexplicably unable to bring a sporty coupe to market yet... and Scion just mutilated their economical tC.

        However, people still want features that were plentiful on high-margin SUVs, and in the snow-belt, AWD is a useful feature, that provides more traction on almost any surface, rain, snow, or shine.

        That advantage doesn't diminish in a coupe body-style that is aerodynamically efficient, space-efficient, and usually slightly less weight, and more pleasing to look at.

        Yet nobody shy of Audi/BMW/Infiniti, and higher market segments builds an AWD sport coupe.

        Subaru stubbornly hasn't built any coupes whatsoever in now more than 10 model years, despite the changing market. My SVX is getting pretty darn old.

        Eclipse used to be one of a trifecta of sport coupes, at least two of which offered turbocharged AWD performance, at an affordable price, which are still remembered 15+ years later. Yet Eclipse does not re-claim it's former position, even without it's Plymouth or Eagle platform mates to cross-compete with, nor with any other market competition to speak of. THAT SHOULD BE AN EASY NICHE TO FILL. Jumping into an empty pool, instead of one already filled with sharks.

        EVO gets good press, despite some grumbling about the new version being a bit heavier, and a bit softer than the model it replaces. It is still a good car, with good tech under the hood. Why should that be denied to a better looking, sportier coupe bodystyle?

        What on earth would be a reason to build the Eclipse as an aimless FWD coupe with dubious styling, when they could have sharpened the styling (Evo shows that Mitsu isn't completely off their rocker in terms of styling, it is sharp looking.), and built the Concept RA coupe, as the production Eclipse?

        EVO/RalliArt has competition from Subaru. Eclipse with AWD and a choice between turbo and V6 power, in a good looking package has NO direct competition as an AWD sport compact coupe. I wish Subaru WOULD give them some competition there.

        But so far neither company seems to have the hunger nor vision to build a product that they could easily accomplish, that nobody else builds. At this point, A Ford Focus Coupe or Fiesta might arrive with AWD before the AWD Sport Compact go-to brands, Subaru and Mitsubishi, build anything with two or three doors and AWD.

        But all Subaru, and evidently Mitsu guys want to say, is... well at least we aren't the other one, and make excuses for the lack of that segment of product, and Eclipse's lack of direction and purpose, as if it would be some sort of impossible undertaking to do something well in that segment, and maybe attract some money that is reticent to be spent right now, or going to other products due to the lack of a truly APPEALING coupe option.

        The coupe market should be seen as an OPPORTUNITY. It may be a thin margin, and maybe not millions of units to sell... but there is an IMAGE that can be portrayed with a sexy and competent sport coupe. Image can help sell other more practical products, as well... if you get the image RIGHT. Get it wrong, and it only costs money to put a lame product out. Does Eclipse make money, or cost money sitting on lots? Does Eclipse really help Mitsu's brand image, which could use some awareness?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Their theme is much better then the confused, Toyota-bland ray, patchwork direction the Subaru line up is taking.

        Call it Audi induced, sharky or whatever it is still head and shoulders above anything else coming out of Japan right now. Nissan has gone all organic and weird, except with the GT-R. Toyota is playing it safe. Honda has clearly dropped the ball with their goofiness.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was not aware that I was obligated to defend the Eclipse from your judgment.

        The Eclipse is in a dead/dying segment that few manufacturer are enjoying any kinds of tractable success. Several makes have given up entirely and we have no RSX/Integra or Prelude from Honda, no Celica from Toyota, no Tiburon, no Cougar, etc and so on. The Eclipse is in a tough spot being pinched from both ends by the Scion tC and Civic Coupe and the Mustang V6, Genesis coupe, etc. And it isn't quite like a Accord Coupe or Altima coupe so its numbers can't be lumped in with another car.

        Whether it is worth it to just make it into a Lancer/Evo coupe and just call it a Lancer coupe remains to be seen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How about improving on that 16/22mpg?
      Nice car and all, but sucks it down like a modern v8. Mitsubishi can do better. Everyone else's turbo 4s get drastically better fuel economy.
        • 1 Month Ago

        EVO still around?

        • 4 Years Ago
        If Gas Mileage is even remotely on your mind when buying one of these cars, you're not buying it for the right reasons, so just move along...

        Yes i'm an Evo fanboy, I own one and drive it like its supposed to be driven, Tuned with a few aftermarket parts making about 300awhp, As a daily driver i get about 18mpg, at the track last month... maybe 8-10...

        This car wasn't meant to be a MPG car. It is what it is and if you argue that in any way you're delusional.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Evo has a really small 2.0 L engine for rallying. That's why it's not as efficient as the larger V6s.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Everyone else's turbo 4s get drastically better fuel economy."

        Like who?

        From fueleconomy.gov:
        All cars 5 or 6 speed manual:
        Mitsu 17/23
        Subaru 17/23
        Hyundai: 21/30
        Acura RDX 17/22

        I'd say the only one drastically better if the Hyundai and it makes a lot less power and is coupled to a RWD layout. It is also loosely related to the Mitsu's engine as well. Mazda's car is FWD and only gets a couple of MPG's better. So please tell me what turbo 4 with similar power in an AWD car gets drastically better MPGs then the Evo?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No diesels, i said TDI instead of GTI. If you knew anything about VW's you'd know that was a typo.

        Only one of those is a midsize family car.
        Meanwhile your example, the RDX is a SUV. ( ~3900lbs. )

        You have an EVO, don't you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know damn well how cars work.
        Now you want to shift the argument to awd only?


        17/25mpg. AWD. More horsepower. 6 cylinders.


        Same horsepower. AWD. 16/25 MPG.


        18 / 28mpg, more horsepower.

        Compared to these large and heavy cars, your little evo gets worse fuel economy.

        I knew you drove one. Because only somebody who owns one would try to justify the fuel economy they get. The truth is you don't mind filling the tank. But be honest with yourself for one minute.... there are cars out there that do better. And the EVO could do a hell of a lot better if they updated the engine.

        16/22mpg in a small car is terrible.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ha, GJ cherry picking the worst of the worst.

        VW TDI: 21/31mpg
        Hyundai Sonata turbo: 23/33mpg
        Colbalt SS: 22/30mpg
        Mini cooper S: 27/36mpg

        And who knows how the small Ford Ecoboost cars will do, but my guess is also in the 30mpg/20mpg hwy range... and fast!

        The EVO might be a cool car, but for it's class it's a heinous guzzler.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know it's not a MPG car. It's more of a track toy.

        It just shocks me that an inline 4 can get that kind of fuel economy, even boosted.
        Even a Corvette will pull 16/26mpg & 430hp..... with a 6.2l motor.

        I think if the MPG were improved, they'd sell a lot more EVOs.
        I think that goes for pretty much all their cars. They are really lacking in efficiency.
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