Mitsubishi won’t build the Lancer Edition R, but a Polish racing company will.
The last we saw the mighty Mitsubishi Lancer was the Evolution X. Powered by a 2.0-L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder engine with 291 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, the Evolution was the gold standard of AWD performance.
In 2015, Mitsubishi announced that the Evo X would be discontinued, but would set it off with a Final Edition. Power was boosted to 303 hp and 305 lb-ft for the 1,600 examples made, with all four wheels driven by a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission or a 5-speed manual. All 1,600 sold out in seconds and the Evolution Lancer was never heard from again.
Nowadays, Mitsubishi is busily turning its fleet into SUVs, crossovers, and electric cars to meet the demand of today’s automobile buyers. You can still get a sedan called Lancer, but it’s a far cry from the Evolution X.
But what if Mitsubishi never stopped making the Evolution? What if after the Evo X, Mitsubishi made an Evo XI?
Mitsubishi is definitely not making an Evo XI, but Dytko Sport, in collaboration with Proto Cars, has imagined what an Evo XI would look like if Mitsubishi were to ever make it.
It’s called the Lancer Edition R 2019, and besides the name and a few pictures, we have very few details to disclose. What we do know is that it’s actually a body kit to cover the last-gen of Lancer Evolutions ever made, the Evo X, and it updates the car to follow Mitsubishi’s modern aesthetic.
The body kit changes nearly everything about the car, from hood to rims, adding a larger scoop, a roof scoop, and bigger vents nearly everywhere the Evo X had vents. The front fascia has been entirely updated with a new grille that better resembles the modern Eclipse Crossover, along with headlights that do the same.
We don’t have any interior shots, but we can barely make out an interior roll cage and what appear to be racing bucket seats.
We’re not sure if Dytko/Proto are also offering mechanical upgrades, so it might be only as powerful as the Evo X it’s based on. We’ll get more details in the coming weeks from Dytko’s Facebook page.