New Mitsubishi Lancer EVO XI Vexes Petrolheads With Fake Everything

Mitsubishi Lancer EVO XI - Rendering 7 photos
Photo: Instagram | Kelsonik
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The demise of the Lancer EVO series has left a void in Mitsubishi's lineup that will probably never be filled again. You can blame the decision on the crossover boom and the ever-increasing appetite for electric vehicles. And it's clear that the Lancer EVO does not stand a chance in this new automotive jungle.
It's been well over eight years since we've seen the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO in an official environment. Back then, the Japanese automaker sent off the EVO X with the Final Edition that was previewed by an eponymous concept a few months before. It offered similar goodies save for the firepower, otherwise rated at 473 horses in the study.

With 291 hp on tap and 300 pound-feet (406 Nm) of torque produced, the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X Final Edition was strictly limited to the brand's local market. All 1,000 copies found new homes in no time, and they stood out courtesy of the chassis upgrades and Brembo brakes. They also featured BBS lightweight alloys, sports seats signed by Recaro, and a few other goodies.

The death of Mitsubishi's rally-bred sedan left petrolheads in tears, and some of them are still weeping about it. Its biggest rival from Subaru does not have a playmate anymore, and by the looks of it, it never will. But while the Lancer EVO XI will never grace the automotive world, it has been rendered numerous times. We covered a few unofficial takes on it a few months back, and if the latest CGI looks familiar, it is because it stays true to some of them.

Shared in the gallery above, it has the same Kelsonik, as the rendering artist is known, behind it. The digital illustration made its way to social media over the weekend and portrays it in action. The was imagined going sideways on a closed course, putting those rally-bred credentials and its all-wheel drive system to use. From a visual standpoint, it looks the same as before, sporting identical headlamps, a large grille between them, a vented hood, a chin spoiler attached to the front bumper, a pair of fat side skirt attachments, and a large wing out back.

There are, however, a few differences. They revolve around the wheels, which are new this time around, and the tweaked styling of the hood. Everything else, including the yellow hue, carries over, and we are certainly fans of the design. Thus, we wouldn't mind at all seeing a brand new Lancer EVO looking similar to the one imagined here, and we think most of you agree. Now, how do we convince Mitsubishi to redirect a small chunk of money that usually goes into the research and development of new high-riders to make a new Lancer EVO?

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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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