The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has long been considered as one of the greatest sports cars ever produced in Japan. While it may not necessarily fit within the criteria of a sports car with it featuring two too many doors, its bang for your buck performance is only matched by the Subaru Impreza WRX STi. However, reports have emerged that the next-generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution could take things one step further and compete with the Nissan GT-R.
Consequently, the next Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution could feature a 500hp plug-in hybrid engine while being based on the upcoming facelifted and upgraded Mitsubishi Lancer hatchback. The new Evolution, or simply ‘Evo’, would borrow technology utilised on the Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution II Pikes Peak racing car. However, the development and production of such a range-topping sports car all depends on the acceptance of Mitsubishi’s plug-in hybrid PHEV systems.
Nevertheless, the new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution would maintain the all-wheel drive layout of previous generations and have the option of running solely on electric power. Under the hood, the next-gen Evo would likely feature a 2.0-liter petrol engine alongside two electric motors producing 80hp each and from a design standpoint, Mitsubishi could draw on the Mitsubishi Concept-RA from the Detroit Motor Show 2008.
Unfortunately, the development of a car all hinges on how successful the PHEV technology becomes and the charging infrastructure required to sell Mitsubishi’s PHEV car globally.