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By Cars.com Staff
December 29, 2009
Vehicle Overview Mitsubishi's Lancer Evolution performance sedan uses a 291-horsepower turbocharged engine and features a standard all-wheel-drive system that features three selectable modes for various surfaces. Public enemy No. 1 is Subaru's WRX STI.
New for 2010 A well-equipped MR Touring trim level is new for 2010 and includes a moonroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats and automatic headlights. Subtle styling changes include revised taillights and a new antenna.
Exterior Mitsubishi says the Evolution's shark like nose was inspired by the air intakes on fighter jets. The current Lancer's forward-leaning stance is already one of the more aggressive shapes among compact cars, and the Evolution looks even more so.
Standard grille with dark mesh insert
Standard 18-inch wheels
Large spoiler optional
Aluminum hood, fenders, bumpers and roof
Optional xenon headlights
MR model with Bilstein shocks, Eibach springs, enhanced brakes and BBS wheels
Interior The interior looks similar to the regular Lancer's, except it has heavily bolstered Recaro racing seats.
Standard automatic climate control, power windows and locks, a six-speaker CD stereo and cruise control
Standard audio controls on the steering wheel
Optional Rockford Fosgate audio system
Optional navigation system
Under the Hood The Lancer Evolution's optional twin-clutch automated manual works much like Volkswagen's DSG gearbox, with the next gear at hand as soon as the previous gear is released. This is designed to produce lightning-fast shifts, which are performed automatically or with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The transmission offers three shift programs: Normal, Sport and S-Sport. Sport holds lower gears longer and shifts more quickly than Normal, while S-Sport optimizes performance for the racetrack.
291-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 300 pounds-feet of torque
Standard five-speed manual transmission
Optional six-speed twin-clutch automated manual
Safety Standard safety features include:
Driver's knee airbag
Side-impact airbags for the front seats
Side curtain airbags for both rows of seats
Four-wheel-disc antilock brakes
Electronic stability system
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