2007 Detroit Auto Show: Mitsubishi Prototype X
Racers Rejoice: Prototype X
While most US car buyers are not that familiar with the Lancer Evolution, the vehicle has a cult-like following in Japan and among those familiar with Rally Racing . The EVO is also one of the most popular vehicles in the video game circuit. If you want to win, select the EVO.
America had to wait decades to get its hands on the EVO. The Lancer Evolution VIII was the first to be offered in the U.S. market, and gained popularity among performance enthusiasts as a true street racer.
Mitsubishi Motors North America unveiled the Prototype X at the North American International Auto Show to demonstrate what the next “evolution of the Evolution” will be. Based on the new Lancer (which was launched at the show) – see previous VehicleVoice article), Prototype X features a unique front end, rear fenders, rear decklid, aggressive sloping hood with air scoop, 20-inch alloy wheels, and massive brakes.
Inside, the bucket seats are upholstered in Alcantara for grip. An electronic lap counter reminds us of the current Porsche 911. A Red LED light band that spans the doors and the dash suggests a customizing idea to future customers.
The engine is a turbocharged version of the new aluminum 2.0-liter DOHC engine used in the 2008 Lancer. While horsepower ratings were not yet available, Mitsubishi spokesperson Janis Little said we can expect something in the 300 HP range, which will make it the highest power rating ever in an Evolution model. Tuners will appreciate that although the new Evolution engine block is lighter, it was designed from the outset for high-performance turbocharged applications.
Automated Manual Transmission
Prototype X is equipped with an automated manual transmission with magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters. The system will also be available on the next Lancer Evolution. Like Audi’s DSG, it is not a conventional torque-converter automatic transmission, but rather a true auto-capable manual similar in concept to those used in Formula 1. For manual purists, the next Lancer Evolution will still offer a conventional 5-speed manual transmission.
Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC)
Ah! Another “Super Japanese” marketing term that makes a real technology sound ridiculous. (Like Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive.) The Mitsubishi system combines an Active Center Differential (ACD) with an Active Yaw Control (AYC) rear differential and Active Skid Control (ASC). The combination of these technologies will help the vehicle make optimal use of its torque and ensure good dynamic capability and stability. (Translation: more grip, less slip, less torque steer.) The goal is to keep your youtube racing uploads from including clips of your windshield header scraping the pavement.
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