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