The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is a high-performance four-door sedan, manufactured by Mitsubishi. The car, derived from the Lancer family sedan, has garnered a cult following in several countries, and it is popularly called the Lancer Evo, or simply the Evo.
The first Lancer Evolution was launched by Mitsubishi in 1992, and it has since launched ten official versions, with each one being suffixed with a roman numeral. Therefore, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is also known as the Lancer Evolution X.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is a good choice for driving enthusiasts to test their skills. The Evolution X stays true to the muscle car formula of fitting in an amazingly powerful engine inside a generic chassis. The Evolution looks a lot like the Lancer family sedan, but it has been modified with chassis reinforcement, all-wheel drive, sport-tuned suspension, turbocharged MIVEC engine, and many other enhancements, that turn it into something else entirely.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is available in two trim levels: the base GSR model and the top-end MR model.
Body Styles: compact sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, six-speed Sportronic transmission
Models: GSR, MR
- The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution sees only minor changes for the 2011 model year:
- Addition of Fuse voice activation system
- Alterations to standard and optional features list
On the outside, the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution clearly looks very aggressive. The rear spoiler and turbocharger vents on the hood give the car a sporty look, but the car is clearly not just show. It goes from a standstill to 60 mph in five seconds, which is something rivaled only by sports cars. The suspension and the transmission in the car give it one of the best handling capabilities among competitors.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR features 18-inch Enkei alloy wheels, while the MR has BBS forged-alloy wheels, lightweight brake rotors, Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs.
The interior of the Evo X is luxurious in contrast to the aggressive styling on the outside. The front bucket seats are very comfortable, and the navigation system has many features.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR features full power accessories, a big rear spoiler, fog lights, keyless entry, cruise control, Recaro sport bucket front seats, Fuse voice activation system, leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls, six-speaker CD stereo and auxiliary input, and Bluetooth streaming audio and phone.
Performance & Handling
Both trim levels of the 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution have a 2.0-liter turbocharged MIVEC straight-four engine that produces 295 hp of power and 300 lb-ft of torque. They are also fitted with the S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) drive system. This system regulates the braking and torque for each wheel, and it includes several other subsystems like ACD (Active Center Differential), Sport ABS, and ASC (Active Stability Control) .
The GSR model is fitted with a five-speed manual transmission. The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR is fitted with a six-speed TC-SST (Twin Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission) gearbox, addition sound insulation in the cabin, and leather seats. The TC-SST system uses two gearshift paddles on either side of the steering wheel. Like the DSG system fitted on the Audi and Volkswagen, the TC-SST paddles have odd gears on one side and even gears on the other. This system offers faster gear switching times and reduced torque loss while shifting gears.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is also packed with safety features, like the full-length side curtain airbags, driver’s knee airbag, front seat airbags, stability control, traction control, and the RISE safety body.
EPA Fuel Economy
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution: 17/23 mpg city/highway.
- Great steering and handling
- Array of standard features
- Options for transmission
You Won't Like
- For a car that has so many features on the inside, the front seat height is not adjustable, which is a glaring omission.
- The steering wheel can only be tilted, which makes it difficult for some drivers to adjust themselves to their ideal position.
- Disappointingly low fuel economy
- Overall quality of the interior of the Lancer Evolution is about the same as that of the Lancer. This is not that bad in theory, but it does make a big difference when shelling out more than $35,000.
The 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is all about performance, but you can also expect to be decent commuter and family sedan.
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