Thu, Oct 07, 2010 – The 2011 version of one of the world’s greatest ultra-high-performance sports sedans – the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution – now boasts an expanded standard equipment package on top of its exhilarating otherworldly handling capabilities and lightning-quick turbocharged acceleration.
The Evo’s exhaust system has been revised for an improved, more sporty sounding exhaust note. Vehicles equipped with the available 40GB touch-screen HDD-based navigation system now benefit from real-time traffic information to help drivers avoid congested roadways. A USB auxiliary input port has been added. But perhaps the most exciting addition of all is the inclusion of Mitsubishi’s excellent FUSE HandsFree Link System™ that allows hands-free calls on your Bluetooth®-enabled cell phone, play your favorite songs by genre, artist, album or playlist on your iPod ®, access a USB drive by simple voice commands.
At the heart of every Lancer Evolution is a potent 291 horsepower 2.0-liter DOHC turbocharged and intercooled 4-cylinder engine. Dubbed the 4B11 T/C, this rev-happy (redline is at a lofty 7,000 rpm) powerplant is based on a reinforced cast-aluminum cylinder block and head and features MIVEC variable valve timing for both the intake and exhaust camshafts for maximum power production. This engine’s stainless steel exhaust manifold has been positioned toward the back of the engine next to the firewall in an effort to improve the vehicle’s overall weight balance.
Knowing that power is nothing without control, Mitsubishi engineers have endowed the Lancer Evolution with an incredible level of road-hugging grip for exceptional agility, thanks to advanced active electronic driver aids including Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC), 4-wheel-drive Active Center Differential (ACD) and an Active Yaw Control (AYC) rear differential, a helical gear-type limited-slipped front differential, Active Stability Control (ASC) and Sport ABS brakes with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), along with tarmac-grabbing Yokohama ADVAN asymmetrical performance tires.
In addition to these advanced driving dynamic controls, other safety features included on all Lancer Evolutions are a dual front air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with occupant sensors, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and side curtain air bags, and a driver’s knee air bag.
The 2011 Lancer Evolution GSR features a 5-speed manual transmission; a large rear spoiler; torso-hugging RECARO® front bucket sport seats; handsome 18-in. x 8.5-in. Enkei® alloy wheels shod with aggressive 245/40R18 low-profile Yokohama ADVAN tires, an excellent Brembo braking system that provides exceptional stopping power; an aerodynamically-enhancing rear diffuser; dual exhaust outlets; and an aluminum roof, hood and fenders to help reduce weight are among this exceptional sports sedan’s standard high-performance equipment package. Convenience features include a 140-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers and Digital Signal Processing (DSP); automatic climate control; cruise control; remote keyless entry; leather-wrapped sport steering wheel; auto-off reflector-type halogen headlamps; fog lights; and power windows, side mirrors and door locks.
The 2011 Lancer Evolution MR takes performance to another level over the GSR model with the addition of Mitsubishi’s remarkably advanced, ultra-quick-shifting 6-speed Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST) that allows the driver to toggle rapidly through the gears via magnesium-alloy steering wheel paddle shifters. Other athletic enhancements include an upgraded suspension featuring Bilstein® shock absorbers and Eibach® springs, 2-piece Brembo® front brake rotors, new lip spoiler, BBS® forged alloy wheels and xenon HID headlamps.
A new color – Octane Blue – is now available exclusively for the Evo MR for 2011, joining Rally Red, Phantom Black Pearl, Graphite Grey Pearl, Wicked White and Apex Silver Metallic.
Major Standard Features
* 140-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with digital signal processing, MP3 playback capability and 6 speakers
* Anti-theft engine immobilizer with security alarm
* Automatic climate control system
* Cruise control
* FUSE HandsFree Link System™ (Bluetooth® 2.0 with wireless audio streaming and voice control)
* USB auxiliary input
* Fog lights
* Power windows with driver’s one touch up/down
* Revised exhaust sound tuning for more sporty sound
* RECARO® bucket seats (front)
* Brembo® braking system
* Large rear spoiler
* Remote keyless entry system
* Tilt-adjustable steering column
* High-contrast multi-color LCD instrument display
* Leather parking brake lever with chrome release button
* Leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise control and audio control switches
MR adds over GSR:
* Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST) with magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters
* BBS® forged alloy wheels
* Bilstein® shock absorbers and Eibach® springs
* Two-piece Brembo® front brake rotors
* Xenon HID headlamps
* Rear lip spoiler
Lancer Evolution Options:
Sight and Sound Package (GSR) adds: 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate® Punch® premium sound system with 9 speakers including 10-in. subwoofer, custom trunk-mounted sub-enclosure, digital signal processor, speed compensated volume and equalization; SIRIUS® satellite radio with 3-month pre-paid service subscription; 6 CD/MP3 in-dash changer; Projector type HID headlamps; FAST-Key.
Sun and Leather Package (GSR) adds: Power glass sunroof; Leather seating surfaces for RECARO® seats; Heated front seats; Center console upgrade with geometric print and covered console boxes; Improved sound insulation.
Premium Package (MR) adds: 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate® Punch® premium sound system with 9 speakers including 10-in. subwoofer, custom trunk mount sub-enclosure, digital signal processor, speed compensated volume and equalization; SIRIUS® satellite radio with 3-month pre-paid service subscription; 6 CD/MP3 in-dash changer; FAST-key; leather/sueded combination seating surfaces for RECARO® seats; Center console upgrade with phantom black print and covered console boxes; Chrome grille surround and beltline molding; Body color fender and hood vents; improved sound insulation.
Touring Package (MR) adds: Power glass sunroof; Leather seating surfaces for RECARO® seats; Heated front seats and door mirrors; Automatic on/off headlamps; Rain-sensing wipers; Improved sound insulation.
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Source: Mitsubishi Press Release