Next Mitsubishi Evo to Rival Nissan GT-R

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Next Mitsubishi Evo to Rival Nissan GT-R

One of Mitsubishi‘s long-standing sports cars, the next-generation Evolution model will be built to compete with Japan’s finest.

Automotive enthusiasts have been waiting a long time for the next-generation Evolution model, and it may live up to expectations when it’s finally unveiled. Latest reports have the new Evolution to be a plug-in hybrid with around 500 hp, enough performance to even take on the Nissan GT-R. Of course that’s a bold claim, considering the GT-R’s prestige and proven performance on and off the track, but the Lancer Evolution has been no slouch over the decades and the Japanese automaker is looking to return to that level of competition.

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The next-generation Lancer hatchback is currently getting its finishing touches for a global launch next year while a plug-in hybrid variant is already in the product plan. Thanks to the technology developed for the MiEV Evolution II Pikes Peak race car, the new Evolution will benefit with a whole new world of performance. The result could be a high-end, all-wheel drive Evolution that gets the best of both worlds: performance and low emissions.

Of course there’s still the hurdle of how quickly North America will embrace the PHEV market, which will affect whether or not Mitsubishi moves forward with the plan.

[Source: Autocar UK]

Discuss this story at EvoTuners.net

  • Ilian

    If Mitsubishi is going to make a supercar, it needs to resurrect the 3000GT name. Of course, that would probably never happen! One thing is sure though, they need to use the 3000GT shape as a base for the new one…

  • Alfie

    The 3000GT wasn’t a supercar. The Evo is better.

  • Josh

    The Evo is a generation newer. The Evo is the newer version of the DSM, and the 3000gt was the DSM’s older better looking brother.

  • Alfie

    Really? I always thought the 3000 was a disappointment. I mean look at the competition: Supra, RX-7, NSX. Now THOSE were hot looking cars!!!

  • Josh

    First off, we are talking about Mitsubishi cars, I am not sure why you are bringing up other manufacturers. Second off look up the sales numbers of the 3000gt, Supra, RX7, NSX, which of those cars sold the most?

  • Alfie

    And Toyota sells a ton of Camrys… it doesn’t make them good.

  • Will

    What defines a supercar? The 3000gt was of a completely different class. It was highly modified with technology well beyond its time. I say it was a supercar. You can’t compare an Evo to a 3000gt. An Evo is a rally car and the 3000gt was a touring sports car. Both awesome cars, completely different.

  • Brian

    I owned a 3000GT SL and although I loved it, it was such a horrible car. Also owned an Evo 8, now driving a X MR and I’m sorry but competing with a GTR is impossible.

  • C

    No it isn’t… I daily drive an 2012 X with over 500hp, it easily leaves shocked GTR owners behind. Doesn’t have the pedigree… but sure is a capable car if tuned right :)

  • Colin

    impossible? that’s kinda silly, isn’t it? Competing with a GT-R right now in stock form… sure. But if it made 500hp, why wouldn’t it compete with a GT-R?

  • Brian

    Mitsubishi was practically going to shut their doors. Now they want to compete with Nissan??? What’s the price going to be on this Hybrid Evo with 500HP? Who is seriously going to pony up $75K for it? I’m sorry that my opinion is that I believe it’s impossible. Trust me I love Evo’s, but I won’t begin to set myself up for disappointment. And to be honest I hope I’m proven wrong because instead of me buying a GT-R next spring, I’ll just wait it out for the next Evo.

  • Flip

    1999 3000GT VR4!!!

  • hybrid wa$te

    Because the demographic for performance track cars give a toss about hybrid fuel economy

  • DoctorFeelgoodMD

    I thought Mitsubishi was in bankruptcy due to the junk they sell.

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