That’s right, the legendary Lancer Evo is being revived – but not by Mitsubishi.
It was a sad day when Mitsubishi discontinued the legendary Lancer Evolution. The last version of the Japanese sports car was the Final Edition launched back in 2015. And while Mitsubishi hasn't ruled out reviving the Evo name, it will most likely be applied to an SUV, just like the Eclipse was reborn as a crossover. As much as we would love to see a Mitsubishi Evo XI sports sedan, it probably isn't going to happen.
Enter Dytko Sport, a Polish company that specializes in building and selling replacement parts for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution rally cars. The company is joining forces with Proto Cars to build a custom sports sedan based on an Evo X to fill the void of the Evo XI that Mitsubishi will probably never build.
Dubbed the Lancer Edition R, the car's headlights appear to have been borrowed from the Eclipse Cross. It also sports a custom vented hood and a roof scoop. Commendably, Dytko Sport has managed to incorporate elements of Mitsubishi's Dynamic Shield design language. Inside, the Lancer Edition R appears to have front sport seats and a roll cage instead of a rear bench, although no photos of the cabin have been released.
No technical details have been released yet, so it isn't clear if the powertrain has been modified. For reference, the Lancer Evo Final Edition was powered by an upgraded version of Mitsubishi's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produced 303 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. The four-cylinder unit was paired with a five-speed manual gearbox that sent power to all four wheels via an all-wheel-drive system.
The Lancer Edition R will be revealed next weekend, so we should find out more details about this special project soon. Let's hope it lives up to the Lancer Evo name.