At one time, Mitsubishi was close to axing the Evo XI completely, a move that would've crushed the dreams of automotive enthusiasts across the globe. Terminating the Evo was not in Mitsubishi's cards, but stringent emissions regulations were catching up on the hallowed all-wheel-drive, tarmac-terrorizing machine.

Dramatic action was required to keep the Evo alive and, for Mitsubishi's team of Japanese engineers, that meant outside-the-box thinking was a necessity. So, Mitsubishi engineers have dreamed up a solution: an Evo XI powered by clean-diesel hybrid technology.

And now, one of Mitsubishi's top execs have reportedly confirmed that, come 2014, the Evo XI will emerge as a diesel hybrid. Mitsubishi president Osamu Masuko reportedly confirmed to Autocar that the Evo XI will be an oil-burnin', electron-consumin' monster.

Furthermore, Autocar reports that the Evo XI will dash from 0 to 60 miles per hour in under than five seconds and that its CO2 emission will ring in below 200 grams per kilometer. Of course, a sophisticated four-wheel-drive system will come standard, as will, presumably the ability to leave Subaru WRX and STI owners in your dust – at least when they have to fill up.


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      thepennyracer
      • 8 Hours Ago
      the plan is never to break addiction to horsepower. EVER. the plan is to offer what needs to be offered in a better and cleaner way. i think Leno said it best when he said the performance car will go the way of the horse, we'll take it out on the weekend or sport instead of using it in our day to day for labor. your electric car will be your day to day point A to B car, and your gasoline monster will be a track day racer or something for a special occasion. but if we can work toward having both, i'm all in. if i want a fast car damnit i'll have one, and if that means stripping down a miata to bare bones or paying double for an EV that goes fast too, i'll do it.
      xxxZOMBIExxx
      • 8 Hours Ago
      So let me get this straight...MItsu has decided to kill the EVO the expensive and pointless way rather than just not making it anymore. I know there are not a lot of motorsports enthusiasts in the ABG crowd but I think most can see how this will blow up in Mitsubishi's face. Mitsu needs to focus its efforts on improving CAFE numbers by improving the base lancer and other vehicles. The EVO is Mitsu equivalent to the Vette. It’s not there to sell in high number, it’s a marketing tool to get keep enthusiast talking and attract people to the brand. This is just my opinion....
      • 8 Hours Ago
      I'm dreaming of a Diesel EVO with a BULLY DOG LPG injection! YEHA!!
      • 8 Hours Ago
      "If you have to drive a car, why (continue to) buy into the tyre burning aesthetic?" While you're absolutely correct for people who already value efficiency (such as you and me, it seems), you're asking the wrong question. You need to think systemically, and stop thinking about yourself only. The correct question is "how do we get everyone to use less fuel?" For you and me, your answer applies. I don't care about sporty looks, and I'm turned off by the muscle-car aesthetic. I like riding my bicycle, and I like riding the bus or driving my Prius when my bicycle just won't do. But, a lot of people won't consider a lifestyle change if they have a choice. And there are a small minority of pickup truck and SUV owners who actually do need the capabilities provided by those vehicles. How do we get them to offer less fuel? By making more efficient sports cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks available at a reasonable price, of course.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 8 Hours Ago
      I am sure that the EVO enthusiasts are gonna love this ....
      • 8 Hours Ago
      Oh come on guys, this may not be "super green", but modern diesels are clean and get good MPG/power ratios. Sure, this one will be geared more towards performance than efficiency, but the people that this car targets will have that priority. Having them buy this rather than some substantially less efficient performance car is a step in the right direction. If it could run biodiesel (unlikely!), that would be awesome. As an unashamed diesel lover: OMG, WANT.
        Peter
        • 8 Hours Ago
        If you have to drive a car, why (continue to) buy into the tyre burning aesthetic? In the 70's there was plenty of (usually) imported small light cars that were fun to drive. Fun to drive AND very high efficiency is not difficult to make (My friends Porsche 914 had less than 90hp my mid engined Fiat X1/9 had 63 and I only broke 100 with my 1974 fuel injected Alpha that had 132). How do we break our addiction to horsepower?
      Peter
      • 8 Hours Ago
      Not green This is the old macho way of thinking wearing sheep skin Vroom Vroom watch me emit C02 Under 200 grams/km is so not green.
      • 8 Hours Ago
      The (62 mpg US) 4WD 3008 HYbrid4 from Peugeot being the first hybrid diesel car has a torque of (369 lb-ft). It says a lot for the Evo XI considering the option to go from all-diesel, all-electric, hybrid, and sport-mode in the Peugeot. With the new tech out already, it would be no surprise Mitsubishi would start production on time. All they would have to do is focus on a better design.
      porosavuporo
      • 8 Hours Ago
      What would perhaps make a killer EVO : in-wheel electric motors in each wheel with fully digital AWD control, powered by diesel genset and backed up by a bank of ultracaps. You could have awesome traction, stability and overall bad ass 4WD that way. Unfortunately in-wheel motors are still too heavy for any sort of decent handling, the unsprung mass kills the concept. But if it were possible, doing a next generation of AWD technology would be definitely in the sprit of Evo.
        porosavuporo
        • 8 Hours Ago
        @porosavuporo
        On a second thought, with both Protean Electric ( ex PML flightlink ) and Michelin showing off pretty advanced in-wheel drive prototypes .. maybe there is something to it.
      • 8 Hours Ago
      Yes, they will leave WRX and STI owners in their dust. Their very, very sooty, particulate-laden dust.
        Pete K
        • 8 Hours Ago
        The new cleaner-diesels don't plume under WOT...unless someone removes the DPF... Anywho, this is interesting news...very interesting news. I'm very interested!
          • 8 Hours Ago
          @Pete K
          ".unless someone removes the DPF..." Or de-tunes the ECM. In my ares (American Midwest), there are a few poseur-boyz who buy Doge RAM 2500s, route the exhaust through the bed, and then change the ECU maps so that it will dump black smoke when they put the pedal down. I like to go fast and haul heavy loads (when such work is The Right Job), but routing the exhaust that way makes the truck-bed far less useful. It takes up space, and the exhaust stacks are delicate. And spewing smoke doesn't seem to serve any function. It's not like they're going fast, because I see them in town and have passed more than one of them in my stock Prius. The regular RAM 2500 diesel doesn't smoke AT ALL, and it can haul heavy objects very fast. I don't see the point in making the engine worse.
          Jazzor
          • 8 Hours Ago
          @Pete K
          Yes very interesting indeed... waiting for Mitsu to at least show a freaking prototype of the freaking thing...
          PR
          • 8 Hours Ago
          @Pete K
          Very, very interesting. Make it a plug-in diesel hybrid with 10+ miles range in Electric only mode, and it would be even more interesting.
          Pete K
          • 8 Hours Ago
          @Pete K
          Did I mention how interesting this is?
          • 8 Hours Ago
          @Pete K
          I own an evo x, I would concider buying an 11 if the performance was the same if not better.. one feeling i'm getting is... this Pig of a car will now be on it's way to "fat camp" Motors on all 4 wheels + batteries and High heat holding Iron Block of a diesel engine... ain't light... pair that with 3000+km of copper wire. It better be putting down or equal to 600-800bph to the 4 wheels. On the other side of the equation.. Big Massive breaks as large as ZR1.. in order to stop that obease car.. All i'm saying is the price for this car sounds like it's going up.. wayyy up past the gtr up.. oh wait.. the gtr will be cheaper than the evo 11? Mitsu please use the Kiss method... Keep it simple stupid.. i'm crossing my fingers and praying you dont screw this one up. untill then i'll get 500km on the highway and 180 in the city in my current 2011 evo mr which is always driven in s-sport mode. ps the most fuel ive put in my car at one fill up.. 42L and doing 500 is pretty darn decent.. i believe the exact number was 537km on a fill up of 42L.
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