Friday, September 4, 2009

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

Evolution X

Tenth Generation
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X (US)
Production October 2007–present
Platform CZ4A
Transmission(s) 6-speed twin-clutch gearbox
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2650 mm (104.3 in)
Length 4495 mm (177 in)
Width 1810 mm (71.3 in)
Height 1480 mm (58.3 in)
Curb weight 1,420–1,600 kg (3,131–3,527 lb)

In 2005, Mitsubishi introduced a concept version of the next-gen Evolution at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show named the Concept-X, designed by Omer Halilhodžić at the company's European design centre.

Mitsubishi unveiled a second concept car, the Prototype-X, at the 2007 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

The Lancer Evolution X sedan features a newly designed 4B11T 2.0 L turbocharged, all-aluminum inline-4 engine. Power and torque depend on the market but all versions will have at least 280 PS (205.9 kW; 276.2 hp) (JDM version), the American market version will have slightly more. The UK models will be reworked by Mitsubishi UK, in accordance with previous MR Evolutions bearing the FQ badge. Options for the UK Evolutions are expected to be between 300 hp (220 kW) and 360 hp (270 kW). Two versions of the car will be offered in the U.S. The Lancer Evolution MR, with 6-speed Twin Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST). The other version is the GSR which will have a 5-speed manual transmission system. The car has also a new full-time all-wheel drive system named S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control), an advanced version of Mitsubishi's AWC system used in previous generations. The S-AWC uses torque vectoring technology to send different amount of torque to any wheel at any given time.

It also features Mitsubishi's new sequential semi-automatic six speed Twin Clutch SST twin-clutch transmission with steering-mounted magnesium alloy shift paddles. A five speed manual gearbox will also be available. Mitsubishi claims that the five speed manual transmission has always been preferred in rallying and should be very refined, resulting in a more satisfying drive.New Lancer Evolution will incorporate Mitsubishi's next generation RISE safety body.

The production version of Prototype-X has begun production in Autumn 2007. The Evolution X went on sale October 1, 2007 in Japan then in January 2008 in the USA., February in Canada (as the first version of Evolution in Canada) and in March 2008 in the UK at prices between £27,499 and £37,999.The Twin Clutch SST version was available in Japan from November 2007.Europe will follow with sales in May, GSR and MR version included premium Package).

Japanese models

The engine is the 4B11-type 2.0 litre inline-4 turbo engine. Aluminum is used in the roof panel, front fenders and the rear spoiler frame structure.Launch model's engine was rated 280 PS (276 hp/206 kW)@6500rpm and 422 N·m (311 lb·ft)@3500rpm. Following the repeal of 280 horsepower law in Japan, engine power was raised to 300 PS (296 hp/221 kW)@6500rpm beginning in 2009 model year.

  • RS - 5 speed manual transmission. 18-inch tires. Driver dual-stage airbag. Standard Engine immobilizer.
  • GSR - Standard rear spoiler. 5-speed manual or 6-speed Twin Clutch SST transmission (magnesium paddle shifters on SST model). 245/40R18 tire on Enkei 12-spoke high-rigidity cast alloy wheels or optional BBS lightweight alloy wheels. Brembo ventilated disc brakes. Standard S-AWC 4WD system. Driver and front passenger dual-stage airbag. Standard Engine immobilizer with security alarm. Optional Mitsubishi Motors Communication System (MMCS) which comprises a 30Gb hard disk drive audio/navigation system with 7 mm (0.3 in) LCD screen. Optional Rockford Fosgate premium sound system. Optional keyless remote entry.
  • GSR-Premium - Replacement of Premium Package beginning with 2009 model year, but added MMCS and Rockford Fosgate premium audio.

GSR can be fitted with following packages:

  • High Performance Package - Bilstein single tube shock absorbers and Eibach coil springs, brembo 2-piece disc brakes, high performance tires with stiffer walls and better grip.
  • Stylish Exterior Package - Chrome finish for the front grille lattice and beltline molding, body color-keyed fender vents, adds fog lamps.
  • Leather Combination Interior - The seats matches the color of the exterior.
  • Premium Package - All 3 above packages plus 18 in (457.2 mm) BBS lightweight alloy wheels.

North American models

Engine produces 295 PS (291 hp/217 kW)@6500rpm and 407 N·m (300 lb·ft)@4400rpm.

  • GSR - Same as base Japanese GSR. (available only with manual 5 speed)
  • MR - 6-speed TC-SST transmission. Suspension with Eibach springs and Bilstein struts. 18-inch BBS forged alloy wheels. Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps. Color-keyed large rear spoiler. Leather and sueded seating. Electronic keyless entry and starting system. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls. Bluetooth hands-free cellular phone interface system with voice recognition.
  • MR Premium - MR with a 650 watt (max) Rockford Fosgate Navigation/Stereo with 9 speakers.

Option packages:

  • (GSR only) Sight, Sound and Spoiler Package - Xenon HID headlamps with manual leveling; large rear spoiler; FAST-Key electronic entry and starting system; 650-watt (maximum) Rockford Fosgate audio system; in-dash 6-disc CD changer; Sirius Satellite Radio with six months prepaid subscription.
  • (MR only) Technology Package: Mitsubishi Multi Communication System, GPS navigation with Diamond Lane Guidance; 30GB hard disc drive with Digital Music Server, in-dash DVD/CD player, multifunction 7-inch (180 mm) color LCD touchscreen, 650-watt (maximum) Rockford Fosgate high-performance audio system, Sirius Satellite Radio with six months prepaid subscription.

UK models

UK cars kept the Evolution X name.

  • GS - Base Japanese GSR with Enkei wheels, 5-speed manual transmission, Stereo radio/CD with MP3 compatibility and 6 speakers.
  • GSR - GS with HDD navigation with radio and music server (MMCS), Rockford Fosgate premium audio, iPod/MP3 auxiliary input port.
  • GSR SST (FQ-300, FQ-330) - GSR FQ-300 with 6-speed TC-SST transmission with SST mode selection (normal, sport, super sport). GSR SST FQ-330 was released in 2009.

Engine options:

  • FQ-300 - Engine rated 295 PS (291 hp/217 kW) at 6500 rpm and 407 N·m (300 lb·ft) at 3500 rpm.
  • FQ-330 - Engine rated 329 PS (324 hp/242 kW) at 6500 rpm and 437 N·m (322 lb·ft) at 3500 rpm.
  • FQ-360 - Engine rated 359 PS (354 hp/264 kW) at 6500 rpm and 492 N·m (363 lb·ft) at 3500 rpm. Carbon fibre front lip spoiler, rear vortex generator, gear knob, hand brake. Front leather Recaro seats.
  • FQ-400- Engine rated 410 PS (404 hp/302 kW) and 542 N·m (400 lb·ft) of torque. It also includes six-piston calipers, upgraded brakes and 18-inch wheels fitted with Toyo Proxes R1R tyres, a new aero kit that includes additional cooling intakes, vents, a larger air intake in the hood and ducts. Estimated 100 vehicles would be made.It accelerates 0-62mph in 3.8 seconds (est.) and has a top speed of 155mph (electronically limited). The car uses Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) a four-wheel-drive system which appropriates power to the wheels that can best use it. Depending on the conditions the driver can select the most suitable set-up for the S-AWC system, three choices - Tarmac, Gravel and Snow - being offered via the wheel-mounted button and displayed in the central instrument binnacle.
    Standard equipment for the range-topping Lancer Evolution X model is comprehensive, the FQ-400 coming with Bluetooth hands-free telephone connection, a CD-tuner with 30 Gig hard drive, DVD satellite navigation and privacy glass. Convenience features like remote central locking, automatic headlamps and windscreen wipers increase the FQ-400’s ease of use. Available from June 2009, the FQ-400 is covered by a three year / 36,000 mile warranty. Cost £49,999 (list price).

European models

Engine rated 295 PS (291 hp/217 kW) at 6500 rpm and 366 N·m (270 lb·ft) at 3500 rpm.

  • GSR - 5 speed manual (GSR 5 M/T) or 6-speed TC-SST transmission (GSR TC-SST).
  • MR TC-SST - 6-speed TC-SST transmission. Suspension with Eibach springs and Bilstein struts. 18-inch BBS forged alloy wheels. Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps. Mitsubishi Multi Communication System.

Australian / New Zealand models

Engine rated 295 PS (291 hp/217 kW) at 6500 rpm and 366 N·m (270 lb·ft) at 3500 rpm.

  • GSR - 5 speed manual or 6-speed TC-SST transmission.
  • MR - 6-speed TC-SST transmission. Suspension with Eibach springs and Bilstein struts. 18-inch BBS forged alloy wheels. Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps. Mitsubishi Multi Communication System.

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