Good news, Evo fans: Mitsubishi’s hardcore Lancer Evolution, now in its tenth generation, will receive a few additional standard features and available goodies for the 2011 model year.
The well-planted four-door is never short on acceleration and grip but customers will have more amenities for the new year. Outside, rear spoilers will now be the norm at no extra cost, with the GSR trim gaining the instantly recognizable tall wing and the topline MR using a low-profile lip spoiler. The exhaust system has been retuned to produce a more aggressive note and the interior is fitted with even more features. Driver and passengers will be treated to Mitsubishi’s FUSE hands-free link system with Bluetooth, real-time traffic updates (paired with an available 40-gigabyte hard drive navigation system), and a USB port.
Two Evo levels are offered: The GSR with a five-speed manual transmission and MR with Mitsubishi’s six-speed twin-clutch semi-automatic. Both remain powered by the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four with 291 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque while a host of driver aids, including Super All-Wheel Control, Active Yaw Control, and Active Center Differential, stay in play.