If you boot up a copy of Gran Turismo 6 on the PlayStation 3 now and install the latest software update, you’ll be treated with a surprise – a new Vision Gran Turismo concept. And unlike past flights of fancy, this one has at least some element of reality to it and might just set alight the hopes of many petrolheads alike – the Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution.
Based on the XR-PHEV concept from Tokyo 2013, the new car revives the Evolution nameplate last seen on the Lancer Evolution X. It’s been slammed to the ground and the body, now made from carbon fibre, has been stretched much wider, hunkering over the 20-inch wheels. There’s a large front splitter, deep side sill extensions and a massive rear diffuser, and the back end is topped off with a enormous rear spoiler.
Similar to the regular XR-PHEV, the new Evo will be powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain. No details are known so far, but it is almost certain to be a damn sight more powerful than the 99 hp 1.1 litre three-cylinder turbocharged MIVEC engine and 120 kW (161 hp) electric motor combo featured in the original concept.
That powertrain is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive, with power to each wheel controlled through the Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamic control system.
Using the same design process as real Mitsubishi motorsports vehicles, the XR-PHEV Evo was developed with the company’s in-house design team, its Advanced Vehicle Research and Development Group and its Aerodynamic Engineering and Development Group.
So, what do you think – could this really be a continuation of the Evolution lineage?