litre turbo 4 cylinder
The Mitsubishi Prototype X revealed at the 2007 Detroit
Motor Show was a preview of the styling which appeared
on the 10th generation of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
Although clearly based on the new Lancer and sharing its
distinctive shark-nose grille opening, the Mitsubishi
Prototype X features a unique front end, rear fenders
and decklid. The Prototype X looks the part with its boxed
fenders, aggressively sloping hood with integral air scoop,
20-inch alloy wheels with massive brakes and the high-tech
LED turn signals in the sideview mirrors.
Inside the Mitsubishi Prototype X are deeply contoured
bucket seats upholstered in high-grip Alcantara. An electronic
lap counter hints at the car's weekend club racer capability.
The technology featured in the Mitsubishi Prototype X
previews what will be available for the next Lancer Evolution.
While not all design features and content seen on Prototype
X will make it to the production vehicle, the overall
design will carry through.
The engine powering Mitsubishi Prototype X and
the next Lancer Evolution is a turbocharged
version of the new aluminum 4B11 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC
engine used in the 2008 Lancer.
Prototype X is equipped with the automated manual transmission
with magnesium steering wheel paddle shifters that will
be available on the next Lancer Evolution. This new transmission
will offer lightning fast, paddle-shift actuated shifting
when desired, along with offering a fully automatic mode.
For purists, the next Lancer Evolution will still offer
a conventional 5-speed manual transmission. With the 4B11
turbo engine's stronger torque performance, a 5-speed
will provide optimal acceleration response.
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