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PostHeaderIcon Mitsubishi’s Reasons For Not Building a Sports Car Will Leave You Longing For the Days of the Eclipse and Evolution

Mitsubishi’s sports car heritage is as rich as it is illustrious. But look at the automaker’s catalog of models these days, and guess how many sports cars you’ll see? Zero. None. Squat. Gone are the days when Mitsubishi could point to performance mavens like the Eclipse, Galant VR4, and the iconic Evolution and proudly call them one of its own. These days, Mitsubishi’s sole focus is on crossovers and SUVs, and that’s going to remain its focus in the foreseeable future. If that doesn’t answer the persistent questions on whether Mitsubishi is looking into a new sports car model, then this short three-word comment should do the trick: it’s not happening.

PostHeaderIcon Mitsubishi Has all But Comfirmed that it Will Slander the EVO Name by Plastering it on an SUV

You might want to sit down for this, especially if you’re a card-carrying member of the Mitsubishi Evolution fan club. A high-ranking Mitsubishi executive really spoke out on the possibility of bringing the iconic nameplate back in the future. He didn’t exactly specify how the Japanese automaker plans to do it, but if it did, there’s a possibility that it wouldn’t return in the state that earned it a place in the annals of automotive history as one of the most iconic rally-bred, performance cars in the world. Instead — this is the part where you really have to sit down — the Evo name could return and be used on an SUV. Gulp.


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“There’s nothing in the pipeline at the moment, but anything’s possible – nothing’s ruled in, and nothing’s ruled out.”

If you’ve come back to your senses after fainting, a point of order is, well, in order. Mitsubishi UK managing director Lance Bradley didn’t specifically say that the company was bringing back the EVO name and slapping it on an SUV. But he didn’t outrightly dismiss it either. In his own words, he said, “There’s nothing in the pipeline at the moment, but anything’s possible – nothing’s ruled in, and nothing’s ruled out.”

“If there were to be one, it would probably be different from what it’s currently,” he went on to say. “The day of the very high-powered sedan car from us is probably gone, but as long as it lives up to the ideals, the Evo demonstrated there’s no reason why we couldn’t do it with a different kind of vehicle.”

So basically, the Evolution nameplate, as iconic a nameplate as we have in the industry, may or may not return, though if it did, it might be used on a different kind of vehicle. Bradley also hinted that Mitsubishi’s focus at the moment is on SUVs and electrified drivetrains and that if there was a way to introduce a more performance-oriented version of these models, it’s something that Mitsubishi is going to look into. Put those statements together, and it looks as if there’s at least some consideration within Mitsubishi of dusting off the EVO name if an opportunity to put it on an SUV arises.


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“There’s at least some consideration within Mitsubishi of dusting off the EVO name if an opportunity to put it on an SUV arises.”

To be fair, it’s not a bad idea. Other automakers have launched their own performance SUVs without much resistance from the public. But Mitsubishi is walking a fine line here because of how important the Evolution nameplate is to a lot of people all over the world. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is arguably the most famous Mitsubishi model in history. It spawned ten generations and its treated with reverence from all corners of the world.

The thought — and fear — of cheapening the name by attaching it to an SUV is the biggest point of concern. Fortunately, Mitsubishi is aware of the situation and the subsequent risk of using the EVO name incorrectly. “You do have to be very sensitive,” Bradley said. “It’s an iconic car, and there’s a lot of people with a very emotional attachment. If you’ve got an icon you’ve got to be careful not to do anything that undermines it, and sometimes it’s better to leave things alone, rather than undermining it.”

In this case, Mitsubishi is better off leaving the EVO name alone.

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PostHeaderIcon Mitsubishi Evo X Does Quarter Mile In 8.48 Seconds, Sets Record, Melts Face: Video

Enthusiasts the world over shed a tear when Mitsu killed off the rally-bred Lancer Evolution last year. After 10 generations and nearly a quarter century of bringing high-tech speed to the masses, you could say we were growing rather fond of the Japanese imports. Thankfully, even with production now ended, Evo owners are still pushing the limits of what’s possible with the platform. The latest evidence of this comes from Texas and the TX2K17 drag racing event, where one Evo X managed to set a new world record by doing the quarter mile in an astonishing 8.48 seconds at 164 mph.

Documentation of the new record comes courtesy of 1320 Video, which put together this superb three-and-a-half minute bit of evidence, complete with tons of runs, lots of hard launches, and plenty of pleasing noises. The video starts with rollouts, which offer good prep for the later, more serious runs. The video then follows the Evo’s progress towards quicker and quicker ETs, ending with the record-setting 8.48. Watching this thing scoot down the strip is pretty awesome, especially when you consider the pilot is working a five-speed manual, rather than a sequential shifter. We can’t wait to see where it goes next.


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