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Mitsubishi Evolution

Mitsubishi Evolution side view

Pros and cons of the Mitsubishi Evolution

  • Rally-inspired high performance
  • High-tech engine and all-wheel drive design
  • Five-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission
  • Ceased production in 2016
  • High fuel consumption
  • Limited trunk space
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Safety ratings of the Mitsubishi Evolution

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Safety ratings provided by NHTSA

  • Number of airbags7

Specifications of the Mitsubishi Evolution

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats5
  • Doors4
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionManual
  • City consumption12.2 - 14.2 L/100km
  • Highway consumption8.7 - 10.5 L/100km
  • Width1810 mm
  • Length4495 - 4545 mm
  • Trunk space195 L
  • Cargo space195 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the Mitsubishi Evolution

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This version of the Mitsubishi Evolution 2008 - 2015 is available in 6 trims:

RS trim features and specs

Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available across all trims:
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
1 engine is available with the RS trim:
2 L - Gas - 291 hp
City consumption:12.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:9 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:491 km

GSR trim features and specs

Available with the GSR trim:
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Heated front seats (optional)
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the GSR trim:
  • Short wheel base
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
Available with the GSR trim:
  • Brake assist system (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the GSR trim:
  • CD player
  • MP3-CD player
  • Radio
Available across all trims:
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
1 engine is available with the GSR trim:
2 L - Gas - 291 hp
City consumption:12.9 L/100km
Highway consumption:9 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:493 - 495 km

Evolution GSR trim features and specs

Available with the Evolution GSR trim:
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Evolution GSR trim:
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • Xenon headlights (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
Available with the Evolution GSR trim:
  • Brake assist system
  • Dusk sensor (optional)
  • Rain sensor (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Evolution GSR trim:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Digital cockpit
  • Keyless entry (optional)
  • MP3-CD player
  • Radio
  • USB port for front passengers
Available across all trims:
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
1 engine is available with the Evolution GSR trim:
2 L - Gas - 291 hp
City consumption:12.4 - 14 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.7 - 10.3 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:446 - 514 km

Evolution GSR Final Edition trim features and specs

Available with the Evolution GSR Final Edition trim:
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Evolution GSR Final Edition trim:
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof
  • Xenon headlights
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
Available with the Evolution GSR Final Edition trim:
  • Brake assist system
  • Dusk sensor
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Evolution GSR Final Edition trim:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Digital cockpit
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Radio
  • USB port for front passengers
Available across all trims:
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
1 engine is available with the Evolution GSR Final Edition trim:
2 L - Gas - 303 hp
City consumption:14 L/100km
Highway consumption:10.3 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:446 km

MR trim features and specs

Available with the MR trim:
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Heated front seats
  • Paddle shifters
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the MR trim:
  • Bi-Xenon headlights (optional)
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • Xenon headlights (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
Available with the MR trim:
  • Brake assist system (optional)
  • Dusk sensor (optional)
  • Rain sensor (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the MR trim:
  • Bluetooth (optional)
  • CD disc changer (optional)
  • CD player
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system (optional)
  • Radio
  • Satellite radio (optional)
Available across all trims:
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
1 engine is available with the MR trim:
2 L - Gas - 291 hp
City consumption:12.2 - 12.7 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.9 - 9.1 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:500 - 509 km

Evolution MR trim features and specs

Available with the Evolution MR trim:
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Heated front seats
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
Available across all trims:
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Electric windows
  • Emergency wheel
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Power steering
Available with the Evolution MR trim:
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof
  • Xenon headlights
Available across all trims:
  • Alloy wheels
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Fog lights
  • Four-wheel drive
Available with the Evolution MR trim:
  • Brake assist system
  • Dusk sensor
  • Rain sensor
Available across all trims:
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Disc brakes
  • Electronic traction control
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
Available with the Evolution MR trim:
  • Bluetooth
  • CD player
  • Digital cockpit
  • Keyless entry
  • MP3-CD player
  • Navigation system
  • Radio
  • USB port for front passengers
Available across all trims:
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Power door locks
1 engine is available with the Evolution MR trim:
2 L - Gas - 291 hp
City consumption:12.6 - 14.2 L/100km
Highway consumption:8.9 - 10.5 L/100km
Transmission:Manual
Range:439 - 503 km

Overview of the Mitsubishi Evolution

Learn about the Mitsubishi Evolution

Summary

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was the Japanese brand's racer-inspired road warrior. Underneath the slightly anonymous looks were the guts of an all-wheel drive race car.

Despite its four-door sedan shape, the Lancer Evolution was not what you'd call a family cruiser. It boasted a powerful turbocharged engine and sharp handling and came with either a five-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Not many features or design elements changed over the course of its production from 2008 to 2015, but that's because the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution knew its crowd: performance enthusiasts.

Safety

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution doesn't skimp on safety features. All Lancer Evolution models include the following features as standard:

  • Seven airbags, including one for the driver's knees
  • Tire pressure monitoring system to ensure proper inflation when driving
  • Anti-theft immobilizer with security alarm 

Additionally, every Lancer Evolution across the years and trim levels features a standard anti-lock braking system (ABS), active stability control (ASC) and traction control logic (TCL). These systems work together to apply brake pressure to any individual wheel, ensuring you remain in control.

Interior

The cockpit of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is focused on one thing: the act of driving. It starts with the sporty, contoured Recaro front seats, which are cloth and heated in the standard trim. Leather bucket seats are available with the MR trim, which was introduced in 2005. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob are also standard. Aluminum sport pedals provide extra grip for your shoes during spirited driving. 

One common criticism of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is its poor interior trim quality. To hit its performance goals at such a competitive price, the expensive items in the Lancer Evolution lie under the surface.

Technology

From 2008, all base-model Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions in the GSR trim come with these standard features:

  • Automatic climate control and cruise control for comfort and safety on the road
  • Bluetooth hands-free for listening to music or making calls
  • Six-speaker audio system for top-quality sound

The MR Technology package, also as of the 2008 model year, offers Sirius satellite radio and a 7.5-inch touchscreen with navigation system.

One of the most unique Mitsubishi Evolution features is the Drive Mode Selector with three driving modes to choose from: tarmac, gravel and snow. It uses advanced 4x4-system electronic driver aids to distribute power to any wheel for peak cornering performance on the selected surface.

Space

With roots as a compact economy sedan, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution seats five people. Front-row passengers enjoy more elbow, headroom and legroom while back seat passengers might feel more cramped. An optional power sunroof gives the illusion of more space.

Comfort

The Lancer Evolution's comfort level depends on your priorities. If having a supremely capable car no matter the road or weather conditions, then the Lancer Evolution is for you. If a smooth drive is more your thing, you may want to look elsewhere.

The Mitsubishi Evolution engine is a powerhouse. Its turbo power and short gearing provide plenty of get-up-and-go. Just remember, like all high-performance cars, its fuel consumption will be higher.

Frequently asked questions about the Mitsubishi Evolution

Yes. In 2015, the last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution rolled off the assembly line. The final generation had been in production since 2008.

The last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution models listed for $50,000 or more in 2015. Depending on spec and year, you can find second-hand models at roughly $30,000.

Yes. The Evolution model family started in the world of rally motorsports, and all models come equipped with an advanced all-wheel drive (AWD) system to provide maximum road grip.

The Evolution was the highest-performing model in the Mitsubishi lineup. It shared the Lancer's platform, but the Evolution featured a sophisticated all-wheel drive system and was twice the power.

Every version of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was powered by a 2.0 L turbocharged four-cylinder. It produced anywhere from 291 hp to just over 300 hp in its final year.