It's not terribly often that we have news to report coming out ahead of the Minneapolis Auto Show. We say that not to disparage the Twin Cities, which are lovely, but new product reveals are few and far between for the show. This year, however, it seems that event will play host to the debut of a rather special limited edition Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X. Though not coming directly from the Mitsu factory, we think the 311RS shows loads of potential for Evo fanatics.

The 311RS is the brainchild of circuit racer Ryan Gates, who has apparently spent the last three years developing what he believes is an Evo perfect for both racing and road driving. Starting life as a bog-standard Evo X, the Gates team has swapped out the factory intake, intercooler and exhaust system for more potent AMS pieces; resulting in output figures of 353 horsepower and nearly 359 pound-feet of torque. A new suspension from JRZ, brakes from Girodisc and 18-inch custom Rays wheels shod with high-performance Nitto tires represent significant updates to the underpinnings, as well.

Of course, the 311RS is also rocking a full body kit, too, with a more aggressive front air dam and a subtle lip added on to the stock rear wing. The blue and white racing livery, with matching blue wheels, looks racy without being too childish, we think.

Just 11 examples of the 311RS will be offered for sale, with the first car going to leading dealer White Bear Mitsubishi in White Bear Lake, MN. We're told that the car will retail for $49,000; that's a big jump over the roughly $35K price tag of a base GSR, but a much smaller one over the $46k tag on a fully loaded MR. Find more complete information about the 311RS, in the press release information, below. You'll also find a video on the "making of" a longer 311RS film (which hasn't been released yet), as well. Enjoy.



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Track Developed, Street Prepared, Limited Production. The 311RS is here.

It's been more than 3 years in the making, but it's here. The 311RS. Everything we learned while developing the Gates311 Evo X for the past 3 seasons comes together to produce the 311RS. Track precision, meet street functionality. Limited to only 11 units, the fully warrantied 311RS is here.

Out of the box, the Evo X is a very capable car. But it is capable of so much more. The process of developing an Evo X from factory stock into the World's Fastest Evo X takes time, effort, and plenty of support from so many great people. Throughout that process, my partners and I have learned an incredible amount about the Evo X platform. We've learned how much power and abuse a stock 4B11T can handle. We figured out the optimum wheel and tire package, the highest RPM the OEM transmission is capable of functioning at, how much chassis-flex is tolerable, and nearly everything in between. With all of that knowledge, the 311RS was created. A combination of everything we've learned, developed, and tested, I present to you the 311RS. The ideal Evo X.

Engine

AMS Intake
The exclusive design of the AMS Performance Intake dramatically increases air flow to the turbocharger for increased horsepower while eliminating clutter in the engine bay.

AMS Intercooler piping
A lightweight polished aluminum intercooler pipe system professionally TIG welded in-house at AMS. The 2.5" mandrel bent tubing provides less turbulent and restrictive air flow for maximum efficiency.

AMS Intercooler
Flawless design and 80% more internal flow area over stock, the AMS intercooler has helped Evolution drivers win more races than any other aftermarket Mitsubishi intercooler on the market. Drive hard with confidence. This is the very same intercooler used on the championship-winning Gates 311 EVO X and AMS Time Attack EVO X.

AMS Widemouth downpipe
It took months of development and testing to produce the bestperforming cast downpipe for the Evolution X. Designed using CAD and constructed 100% from grade T304 stainless steel, the AMS Widemouth Downpipe not only improves horsepower gains, it offers a fit and finish unrivaled in the industry.

AMS Cat pipe
The AMS EVO X Stainless Steel High Flow Cat provides an excellent way to increase horsepower all while keeping you legal. Like all other AMS exhaust products this High Flow Cat is tig welded with 100% 304 stainless components including the flanges. Designed to bolt up to our stainless steel 3" downpipe and catback exhaust system only.

AMS Exhaust
AMS' Racing Series Cat-Back Exhaust system was chosen for it's no-nonsense, all business design. Combined with the Titanium muffler, it was designed to make the most power and shed significant weight from the 311RS.

AMS Tune
The 311RS is tuned for maximum enjoyment under any given condition. Whether at the track, on a run up the canyon, or out for a night with the old lady, AMS has the 311RS dialed in.

Suspension

JRZ Suspension RS1
The newest product from JRZ; a combination of championship winning technology and years of R&D to create the perfect street and track suspension. Valving is designed to be adjusted from street comfort to racing damping characteristics in seconds. The package was developed with customized spring rates and adjustment range for the 311RS, giving the owner the ultimate dual use package.

JRZ Suspension Top Mounts
Made from a solid billet of aircraft aluminum with motorsport grade teflon coated bearings. Designed to transmit suspension loads directly to the chassis giving unparalleled response and driver feel.

Evasive Alignment
With track records in spades, Evasive has proven they know how to properly set up a car. Their involvement in the 311RS provides us with a well rounded setup that keeps the 311RS' street car intentions in mind without losing sights of it's track-bred pedigree.

Braking

Girodisc Two-Piece rotors
The primary purpose of the Girodisc system is to reduce unsprung and overall vehicle weight. The secondary purpose is to increase the ventilation and cooling capacity of the brake disc while retaining it's original dimensions. This is accomplished by using two-piece disc construction. The central "hat" section of the disc is made from 6061-T6 aircraft specification aluminum. The disc is made from cast iron, to the same specification and material as used by professional racing organizations.

Girodisc 311RS pads
This race developed pad has all the qualities of a world beating high performance street pad. Its consistent friction at any temperature, low or high, gives very predictable braking and great pedal modulation. This new generation of friction material is very low in compressibility ensuring a firm pedal feel while still providing great life for both rotor and pad. This brake pad has moderate dust levels, is generally very quiet and is THE brake pad for a driver who demands the ultimate in braking performance.

Girodisc Stainless lines
Besides looking cool, stainless braided brake lines provide some major performance benefits. First and foremost is removing compliance in the system to improve pedal feel and improve the ability to modulate effectively. As the system heats up during heavy use, the rubber hoses swell even more than when simply driving around town. These are one of those rare parts that don't cost much but offer an immediate and noticeable improvement in performance. DOT/FMVSS 106 compliant.

Girodisc Ti Heat shields
The problem of brake fluid boiling is simply traced to heat transferring from the rotors and pads directly into the fluid through the caliper pistons. Titanium as a material, has low thermal conductivity. This means that it is very bad at transferring heat, which is good if you are trying to keep your fluid cool. The Girodisc solution to help prevent fluid boiling is to use a thin titanium shim placed between the pad back and the pistons, to keep the braking heat from transferring into the pistons and fluid.

Wheels / Tires

Volk CE28 wheels
Size 18x10.5 +18. Manufactured in house using proprietary aerospace aluminum, RAYS wheels are produced utilizing their patented Mold Forging technology which allows for a wheel that has an unmatched blend of lightness, strength, and camber stiffness.

Nitto NT05 tires
The NT05™ is a max performance tire that was developed through extensive computer simulation modeling and on-track testing. These rigorous development procedures helped produce a street tire that provides precise and responsive handling and performance. Knowing the tire is responding to your inputs will inspire your confidence.

Exterior

JDP front lip
JDP's front lip was chosen for it's clean appearance and daily functionality. Weighing less than 2 pounds, it proves to be functional as well, providing aerodynamic enhancement to the 311RS.

VOLTEX Rear Wing
A simple added touch to the OEM rear wing. Voltex's rear wing lip provides aero balance to the rear of the 311RS, and it's carbon fiber construction matches that of JDP's front lip.

Jon Sibal 311RS livery
Our aim was to design a timeless livery that would define the 311RS with a single look. Simple yet effective, Jon's livery does just that.

Interior

etnies e-suede
Designed to be 3 times more durable than traditional suede, E-Suede was chosen for it's ability to stand up to abuse, just like everything else that makes up the 311RS.


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      rmt_1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since this car isn't from Mitsubishi, a small tuner can make a bigger splash in Minneapolis than in New York; less a big fish in a small pond scenario and more of a small fish in a shot glass. As for the $50k price tag, compared to a stock WRX or EVO X, it's too high; however, if their argument is, for instance, that their car can do over 90% of what a Nissan GT-R can do for only 50% of the money, then the price is justified, but only if it's really that good. It will be telling about the future of this company, if they can sell the 11 cars and whether or not to look forward to more cars from them.
        Agent55
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rmt_1
        Excellent points, especially the GT-R bit. Besides the color scheme (which is great for track-only), the way this car sits is fantastic. That said, I think a stock EVO would make me plenty happy!
      rsxvue
      • 1 Year Ago
      I actually think this car is tastefully modded as opposed to some tuner packages from companies such as manhart (sp?) and Hamann. The price is pretty high but not that much more over a loaded MR (as the article states) -- so if I were already in the market for an MR, then this would definitely be within my sights. If these cars are being sold through dealerships, I wonder if the factory warranty stays intact.
        Bernard Featherstone
        @rsxvue
        The car is a joint venture through Mitsubishi, and it comes with a full factory warranty, so they are backing up everything done to the car. Ryan Gates put around 40,000 miles on the prototype in a year, with around 20,000 of miles on the track alone, just to prove that it can stand up to the stresses.
      Alex Butti
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think that $49K is reasonable for the mods Ryan put on the car. JRZ are top quality dampers, and those Rays wheels are not cheap either. Add a reliable AMS turbo kit, and it's easy to see where the money went :)
      Tom
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Minneapolis Auto Show? WTF? This makes NO sense. If the White Bear dealer already sells tons of Mitsu vehicles then all the more reason to launch this product in New York, or one of the major shows in areas where the brand needs some help. Especially since the weather could easily be snowy and temps below zero. I've been to the MSP show and to say it's "sleepy" is a gross understatement.
      Bernard Featherstone
      What the article doesnt mention is that all 11 are already reserved, the one launched at the Minneapolis Auto Show is the first one. It is putting 450 Hp to the wheels, and is faster than a R35 GTR on the track. I have had the opportunity to ride in the prototype, and it is insane.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      WindsWilling
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll keep my Evo 8 that I bought new which makes more power and will probably give this a run for it's money handling wise as well. Mitsu really got lost with what made the Evo so great. It got too big, too heavy, and too expensive for many people. A GSR with wing, HIDs, and upgraded stereo only will push the price tag to nearly $40k! A GSR! The missteps that Mitsu takes really is upsetting, especially those applied to the Evo. I don't even want to see the Evo XI as I'm sure it'll be a disaster.
        AcidTonic
        • 1 Year Ago
        @WindsWilling
        I hear ya.... I used to have an IX and I loved that car. It made serious power and really tore me away from the 2WD V8 thing I had been doing for the past 6 years or so. But the Evo X is quite awesome after finally upgrading. It is heavier but the handling and chassis is much better in my opinion. The extra MIVEC really helps spool yet again just like the 9 did over the 8. So much so that it really hides the weight, especially in the 2012+ factory tunes which run much better. I used to talk a lot of smack about the heavier X and now I own one. I ate my words after finally living with it day to day. But I will agree that after just blowing 40K on my GSR, I'm a bit less inclined to mess with it. TBE + Tune + EBC and I'm happily sitting at 30mpg highway with a much improved 0-60 and around 365whp/370tq or roughly 400 at the motor. Probably could push it more but I self tuned it and prefer not to run as aggressive. More rewarding if you ask me but most here don't actually tune their own car..... However the XI I'm quite interested in.... After awhile of thinking they messed up the X, I'm now a firm believer they got it right. My car from the factory only weighed 3470lbs.... My IX with smaller tires was 3390 so it's really less of a weight gain than you think. The wider body actually feels better too. Just go drive one... I know you like the straight line of the 8 but the 4B11T responds even better to bolt ons....
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      too bad its still an Evo
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      >49k for a Mitsubishi There are easier and less painful ways to throw money away.
      untitledfolder
      • 1 Year Ago
      Meh, I had an EVO. Great car for what it was but it's just dated now compared to what's out in 2013. Mitsubishi really needs to get their sh!t together.
      TrippulG3
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Evo (and the STI, for that matter) used to be about bang for the buck. At nearly 50k, they've lost sight of their original target market. Personally, if I'm thinking of paying 50 grand for a car, I want something that has an interior that looks and feels like it belongs in a 50 thousand dollar car. Performance-wise, I can't fault this vehicle...but would I consider purchasing one? Used, maybe...but certainly not new.
        Andre Neves
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TrippulG3
        Wow. Talk about being uninformed. And the fact that people actually thumbed-up the comment goes to show the ignorance here. The GSR starts at around $34k. Has been that way since it was introduced here in the U.S. Sure, you can get the MR model full of factory-installed garbage and maybe bend over and let the dealer have it's way with you, but that's up to you.
        ELG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TrippulG3
        this is some stupid overpriced tuner car. autoblog really screwed up the title and makes it sound like its a mitsu car
        Jazzor
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TrippulG3
        Bro... TrippulgG3... please do us all a favor... Go to Toyota or Honda.com and ready up a Camry V6 automatic with sunroof and leather and whatever else you want... Tell me how much they're asking for a Camry or an Accord... then come back and tell me how is it you find an Evo X expensive at $34,900 starting price? I mean, I can list 20 things the Evo has that either of those two sedans don't, can't and wont have... You tell me when I should get started... That's just one example... I can go up in brand name if you want, like a C300 or a 328...
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 1 Year Ago
      The AMS evo X is way more brutal than this. I'll just wait for the 2014 Evo 11.
        Chayil
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        Umm, I hope you know how expensive the Alpha/Omega package is. If you look at the price of a new Evo GSR plus those modifications, then the price is quite right. Have you ever priced out Volks wheels or JRZ coilovers? And, those Giro brakes are expensive, plus the modifications done to the engine as well as those exterior details.
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