Wednesday, October 12, 2011

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Specifications prices Modifications and Image 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart is an affordable sedan fitted with impressive performance upgrades, while the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is a sophisticated, no-holds-barred flagship that offers track-honed features and the capability to outperform some sports cars costing several times as much.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Ralliart look more like well-done tuner cars than sophisticated performance machines—and like an economy car on steroids through and through. Take a look a little closer at these cars' details and silhouettes and it's enough to turn off older, more sophisticated shoppers; it's easy to see that they're heavily based on the Mitsubishi Lancer, a basic compact sedan, but dressed up with a go-fast look. The Lancer Ralliart, in particular, shares much with the sportiest version of the Lancer, the GTS, but it gets the Evolution's lightweight aluminum hood with integral ductwork to keep the turbo cool, along with an aggressively styled front bumper and dual exhaust. New last year was a five-door Sportback version of the Ralliart.
Fog lamps, a hands-free entry system, a trip computer, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, leather trim, and aluminum pedals are all standard on the Ralliart. The Evolution MR upgrades to the twin-clutch gearbox, a slightly more compliant suspension, better wheels, and HID headlamps, plus other extras like the FAST hands-free entry system. At the top of the lineup is the Lancer Evolution MR Touring, which also gets new heated leather sport seats, a power sunroof, and other appearance boosts. Remote engine start and a nav system with music storage are among the options on all Ralliart and Evo models, along with a new FUSE voice-command system for interfacing with smartphones, iPods, and the like.
  *140-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with digital signal processing, MP3 playback capability and six speakers
    *Anti-theft engine immobilizer and security alarm
    *Automatic climate control system
    *Center floor console box with armrest
    *Color-keyed outer door handles and side view mirrors
    *Cruise control
    *Dual-stage front air bag SRS with front passenger occupant sensors, curtain side air bags, driver's knee air bag, and front seat mounted side-impact air bags
    *Power door locks
    *Fog lights
    *Power windows with driver's one-touch up/down
    *Rear seat heater floor ducts
    *Rear spoiler
    *Recaro bucket seats (front)
    *Brembo braking system
    *Remote keyless entry system
    *Tilt-adjustable steering column
    *Hands-free Bluetoothâ„¢ cell phone system
    *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
The Lancer Evolution features its own distinct suspension system, including inverted struts in front and a rear multi-link configuration, with numerous forged aluminum components to help reduce unsprung weight. The 18 x 8.5-inch wheels (Enkei cast-alloy on the GSR and BBS forged-alloy on the MR) are shod with large (245/40R18) tarmac-grabbing Yokohama ADVAN asymmetrical performance tires at all four corners.

The S-AWC system, which regulates torque and braking at each wheel includes a bevy of acronyms: ASC (Active Stability Control), ACD (Active Center Differential), AYC (Active Yaw Control) and Sport ABS, an ABS system designed for aggressive driving. The biggest difference over the outgoing car is the large number of yaw sensors included in the system, all designed to keep the Evo X on its intended path. The S-AWC system can be set for three different road surfaces: tarmac (standard), ice and gravel

The Twin Clutch SST on the MR appears similar to Audi/VW's DSG system; even and odd gears are on separate clutches for rapid-fire shifting and no torque loss between gears. Shifting of the TC-SST is controlled by alloy paddles on the steering wheel or the gear shift lever when in manual mode, and by the engine computer in automatic mode. The system has three modes: Normal, Sport and S-Sport, the latter providing the most aggressive, fast shifts.

The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution might look like an economy car on steroids through and through—and leave older, more sophisticated buyers reeling—there's a lot to love in the driving experience. The Evolution has a 291-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the Ralliart picks up a lower-boost, 237-hp version of the same engine. Between the two, we actually like the Ralliart's engine a bit better; it's tuned for stronger low- and mid-rev response. The Evo's engine tends to have a longer turbo lag and delivers its power in a sudden mad rush. In either case, shifts are made either through a five-speed manual, which is good but a bit notchy, or a six-speed automated manual transmission, termed Twin Clutch-SST. The automated gearbox includes Normal and Sport driving modes and though it's a little hesitant in gentle driving, it pulls off snappy shifts like a track pro when you tap into all the power.

Both the Ralliart and Evo come with a sophisticated set of mechanical and electronic systems designed to transmit power smoothly to the pavement, even when the driver isn't using finesse or the conditions aren't ideal. Highlights include Super All-Wheel Control, an Active Center Differential, a helical gear front differential, and Active Yaw Control. Altogether these systems give the 2011 Lancer Evolution and Ralliart tremendous agility, tractability, and poise to rival much more expensive machines from Germany.

    *Wheelbase: 104.3 in.
    *Length: 177.0 in.
    *Height: 58.3 in.
    *Width: 71.3 in.
    *Engine: DOHC MIVEC 2.0-liter inline 4; intercooled/turbocharged
    *Horsepower: 291 @ 6,500 rpm
    *Torque: 300 lb.-ft. (est.) @ 4,400 rpm
    *Transmission: GSR: 5-speed manual
    *SE & MR: 6-speed TC-SST with magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters
    *Dynamics: Super-All Wheel Control with Active Center Differential (ACD) 4-wheel drive, Active *    Yaw Control (AYC) rear differential, Active Stability Control (ASC) and Sports ABS
    *Wheels: GSR & SE: 18 x 8.5 Enkei cast alloy
    *MR: 18 x 8.5 BBS forged alloy
    *Tires: 245/40R18 Yokohama ADVAN asymmetrical performance tires,,

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