A New Mitsubishi Lancer EVO XI Would Be the Rally Homologation Special of Our Dreams

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There have been numerous talks about a possible revival of the Lancer Evolution series ever since Mitsubishi sounded the death knell for the EVO X over eight years ago. However, the Japanese automaker is not interested in anything other than the usual cash cows.
What is the automotive equivalent of a cash cow, you ask? Well, anything with a generous ground clearance, room for at least five occupants, a tailgate, and lots of headroom. Yep, that would be a crossover, preferably one fed by electrons, as that is where the money is these days.

As a result, Mitsubishi, like most car manufacturers out there, is chasing after the zero-emission crossover Nirvana, and since a rally homologation special that would build on the success of the Lancer Evolution series is no longer seen as viable. Not that it wouldn't sell, as we reckon it would be a breath of fresh air, especially if it is at least as exciting to drive as its predecessors, no matter what it hides beneath the skin.

The last time we heard about the Lancer EVO from Mitsubishi was in 2015. That's when they sent it off with the aptly named Final Edition. Previewed by an eponymous study a few months prior, boasting 473 horsepower, it launched with 291 horsepower and 300 pound-feet (406 Nm) of torque. It also came with chassis upgrades, uprated brakes from Brembo, BBS wheels, and Recaro front seats. Production was limited to 1,000 units for the local market, which were sold in no time.

Since 2015, when the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X Final Edition came out, several rendering artists have tried to imagine what its successor could look like. That's easier said than done, though with a little bit of inspiration, some digital illustrations turned out to be on the stunning side of things. The latest we stumbled upon is part of this category, as we think it is a proper homage to the iconic defunct model, featuring a fresh design and looking ready to hit some gravel roads.

It sports slender LED headlamps, boomerang-shaped DRLs, the typical Mitsubishi grille decorated by the OEM logo, fat fenders at the front and rear, beefy side skirts, and a large wing at the rear. The alloys look like they came straight from a Japanese wheelmaker, and they're presented in gold, whereas the rest of the car has a red finish and multiple black elements.

We absolutely love this CGI project, though sadly, it will remain in Fantasy Land, as Mitsubishi has no intention of launching a Lancer EVO XI. Still, if enough people start demanding it, they may change their minds. But would you buy one if they made it, even if it was partially or fully electrified?

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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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