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For nearly two decades, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (more commonly known as just the ‘Evo’) has been the benchmark sports sedan around the world. It might have arrived a bit late in the American market, only going on sale in 2003 with the Evo VIII model, but it has well-established itself as a giant killer in the industry and is currently the only Mitsubishi product with an enthusiasts following.
However, earlier in the year there were rumors that the Evo might get killed off. Thankfully, those are not true but according to company insiders, a plug-in hybrid Evo will be launched within three-years time.
It is believed that the hybrid Evo will make do with a diesel-electric combination to further cut down on its environmental footprint. But since diesel is not very popular in markets like Japan and America, it might also very well be available with a gasoline-electric system. So the next Evo might offer different mechanical specifications for different markets.
The new Evo will also get an updated version of Mitsubishi’s S-WAC all-wheel drive system for even better handling, and like the current model, will be the halo model for the company.
Having built project cars ourselves, there are times when you just want to give up. And apparently despair got the better of the owner of this partially-finished Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR Coupe.
Sporting a widebody conversion, the coupe modification and a slew of performance upgrades, not to mention some iForged wheels, it actually looks as though this may be an abandoned project car by the folks at Fox Marketing – known for building SEMA show cars for the likes of Lexus. We also find it hard to believe someone took a virgin car with just 3,736 miles on the odometer and hacked it apart like this.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Mitsubishi had commissioned this car for SEMA last year and then pulled out of the show as the recession took hold.
While we certainly can’t say we love it, if you’re interested in this one-of-a-kind EVO Coupe and you’re willing to invest some more dollars into finishing it then you’re in luck. While the eBay listing has since concluded, the seller’s reserve price wasn’t met, meaning if you are interested then check out the listing for contact info.
GALLERY: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Coupe
We haven’t heard a whole lot of noise out of HKS recently, but it looks like they’ve returned to one of their favorite chassis of all time, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
The 7460R Ball Bearing Turbo Kit is a true bolt-on to the factory setup, which is very impressive considering it’s a ball bearing turbo. The result is an impressive 430-whp with 398.70 ft-lbs of torque with boost set at 25.8 psi. HKS states that it runs perfectly fine on 93 octane with that boost level. And remember since this is bolt-on, the kit comes with the turbocharger, actuator, air outlet pipe, water pipes and hardware required for the install. That’s right, just bolt this baby up to your stock exhaust manifold.
We’re guessing that if you paired up this kit with a few other HKS goodies, threw on a boost controller and got yourself some dyno tuning you could easily and safely hit 500-whp. Now that’s a fun AWD car!
GALLERY: HKS Ball Bearing 7460R Turbo Upgrade for Mitsubishi EVO IV-IX
[Source: Evolution M]