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5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

5 Fast Facts About the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

By Jeff Youngs, March 12, 2013
An icon in its own right, the legendary Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is a high-performance variant of the Mitsubishi Lancer Sedan. Weighing less than 3,600 pounds in standard format, the Lancer Evolution is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, all-wheel-drive, and a long list of engineering upgrades. Here are 5 more fast facts about the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.

1.) Visually, the Lancer Evolution is distinguished from other Lancer models by its redesigned front end with larger air intakes, hood air intake and vents, front fender vents, flared front and rear fenders, a rear diffuser panel through which dual exhaust outlets extend, and a rear spoiler designed to generate additional downforce at higher vehicle speeds. Special lightweight 18-inch aluminum wheels are shod with P245/40R18 performance tires with an asymmetrical tread pattern.

2.) The Lancer Evolution's turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generates 291 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 300 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm, and zings to a 7,000-rpm redline. A 5-speed manual gearbox is standard for the Lancer Evolution GSR model. Lancer Evolution MR models get a 6-speed Twin Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST) with paddle shifters and driver-selected Normal, Sport, and S-Sport driving modes. An automated manual gearbox, the TC-SST shifts faster than a regular manual or automatic transmission, according to Mitsubishi.

3.) Every Lancer Evolution is equipped with Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel-drive system, which includes an Active Center Differential, an Active Yaw Control, rear differential, and a helical limited-slip front differential. The S-AWC system provides Tarmac, Gravel, and Snow driving modes, which are selected by the driver.

4.) The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is equipped with a hood, fenders, roof, and bumper beams constructed of aluminum, and to better distribute weight the automaker locates the battery and a washer fluid tank in the vehicle's trunk, which is one reason why it measures just 6.9 cu. ft. in terms of volume. As a result of these actions, measured in terms of percentage of total vehicle weight, the Lancer Evolution GSR's weight is distributed 56.7/43.3 front-to-rear, and the Lancer Evolution MR's weight is distributed 57.4/42.6 front-to-rear.

5.) In addition to a powerful engine and sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, the 2013 Lancer Evolution is equipped with performance brakes featuring 13.8-inch front ventilated discs clamped by 4-piston calipers, and 13-inch rear ventilated disc brakes with 2-piston calipers. The Evolution also employs an inverted strut front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension equipped with aluminum control arms.

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