2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Overview
Mitsubishi's five-seat Lancer Evolution performance sedan uses a 291-horsepower, turbocharged engine and features a standard all-wheel-drive system with three selectable modes for various driving conditions. Its main competitor is Subaru's WRX STI.
For 2012, the Lancer Evolution GSR gains an upshift light on its center display, and the MR model adds an Eco indicator.
Mitsubishi says the Evo's nose was inspired by the air intakes on fighter jets. The Lancer's forward-leaning stance is already one of the more aggressive shapes among compact cars, and the Evolution looks even more so. Exterior features include a grille with dark mesh insert, standard 18-inch wheels, large spoiler on GSR, smaller lip spoiler on MR, aluminum hood, fenders, bumpers and roof, and optional xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights. MR models also have Bilstein shocks, Eibach springs, enhanced brakes and BBS wheels.
The interior looks similar to the regular Lancer's, except it has heavily bolstered Recaro-brand front bucket seats. Standard interior features include automatic climate control, CD stereo with a USB port and Bluetooth streaming audio, steering-wheel audio controls, and cruise control. An upgraded Rockford Fosgate stereo and heated leather seats are optional.
The Lancer Evolution's optional twin-clutch automated manual works much like Volkswagen's DSG gearbox, with the next gear at hand as soon as the previous gear is released. This is designed to produce lightning-fast shifts, which are performed automatically or initiated by paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The transmission offers three shift programs: Normal, Sport and S-Sport. Sport holds lower gears longer and shifts more quickly than Normal, while S-Sport optimizes performance for the racetrack. The engine is a 291-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 300 pounds-feet of torque. Transmission options vary by trim; the GSR has a five-speed manual transmission while the MR has six-speed twin-clutch automated manual. The standard all-wheel-drive system can split power 50/50 between the front/rear.
Safety features include adriver's knee airbag, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for both rows of seats, high-performance Brembo-brand antilock brakes, and an electronic stability system.