The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution continues on for the 2015 model year in the United States with a host of new amenities packages for the GSR trim level along with the welcome addition of numerous new features to the standard equipment package for the top-flight MR edition Lancer Evolution model.
The 2015 Lancer Evolution’s standard features include Mitsubishi Motors’ FUSE Hands-Free Link System that allows users to wirelessly connect to their Bluetooth-enabled cell phone, iPod or USB drive by using voice commands; automatic climate control; leather-wrapped sport steering wheel with cruise and audio controls; an aerodynamically-enhancing rear diffuser; a pronounced rear deck lid spoiler (standard on GSR) or a lower-profile rear lip spoiler (standard on MR).
One of the most sophisticated all-wheel drive systems ever developed for a production car, the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, working in concert with the Lancer Evolution’s suspension, provides an otherworldly degree of performance and tractability for the 2015 Lancer Evolution. The driver can choose between three selectable traction mode settings – “Tarmac,” “Gravel” and “Snow,” the latter setting providing maximum tractability and performance in poor weather/road conditions and/or on low- grip surfaces.
The S-AWC system found in Mitsubishi Motors’ four-door sports car includes numerous high-tech components/systems to deliver such a remarkable level of traction and agility: Active Yaw Control (AYC), Active Center Differential (ACD), Active Stability Control (ASC) and Sport Anti-lock Braking (ABS).
The turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine found beneath the hood of every 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution model delivers instantaneous power and torque at virtually any rpm within the powerband.
The power output from this whirlwind of an engine is rated at 291 horsepower at 6,500 rpm with a full 300 lb.-ft. of torque starting at the 4,000 rpm level.