Mitsubishi Concept XR-PHEV Evolution now in GT6


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?

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Jonathan Lee

After trying to pursue a career in product design, Jonathan Lee decided to make the sideways jump into the world of car journalism instead. He therefore appreciates the aesthetic appeal of a car, but for him, the driving experience is still second to none.



  • yoshiki takara on Jun 02, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    Nice car.

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  • look like vacuum cleaner,driving around and suck up dead leaves and plastic bag

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  • Freaking cool…..

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  • 4G63T DSM on Jun 02, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I think it is about high time Mitsubishi revives its Eclipse nameplate.

    Not a big fan of the design though. Its too vulgar.

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  • Denaihati on Jun 02, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    very awesome and futuristic, also amazing hybrid sport car.

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  • AVH (Member) on Jun 02, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    The sad Honda CRZ, after being bullied by the market its intended (the ‘enthusiast’), it left Honda for the ancient Mitsubishi Onii-gako for a buff up.

    Now it comes out, hunting for blood. No really this quite literally is what I like about Japanese car, is it ugly? sure it is, but does it make Chuck Norris crap his pants when he see one in the mirror…..Definitely. Yup, Aggressive Mecha design, definitely a Japanese design car.

    Now about that Evolution successor.

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  • ExLimit on Jun 02, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    This is sick! looks like CRZ with widebody for me

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  • Looks like a Pikes Peak racer for the road.

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  • Quantum leap if propose as the successor of evo series.

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