Proton Builds Mitsubishi EVO Concept Lookalike

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Malaysian company and Lotus owner Proton has built what appears to be a duplicate version of the Mitsubishi EVO. Of course, there's an explanation for this. Proton and Mitsubishi Motors previously signed a collaboration deal that would see the Lancer be rebadged as the Inspira for the Malaysian market. However, we doubt Mitsubishi had something like this in mind when they signed the dotted line.

Looking nearly identical to the EVO, the Jebat sport prototype features a wide body kit with blistered wheel arches and matte black paint trim around the car. It's powered by a turbocharged 4-cylinder MiVEC engine producing 237 hp at 6,000 rpm and 343 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm. No word yet if the Jebat has the original car's four-wheel drive system, but Proton claims the car can hit 62 mph in 5.6 seconds and has a top speed of 144 mph. It'd be interesting to know whether the agreement allowed Proton to build a concept that so closely resembles (and competes with) Mitsubishi's flagship.

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Nevertheless, it remains as a concept for the time being since no information has been released in regards to production and launch estimates. It would most likely remain in Malaysia and never reach American or Japanese shores.

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