What started out as a bit of a far fetched rumor last year is getting more and more momentum behind it, as MotorTrend reports that the future Mitsubishi Lancer Evo XI will most surely have a hybrid setup.
The website says that the next Japanese sports car will use the platform of the recently revealed PX-MiEV hybrid crossover, on which the 2.0-liter MIVEC gasoline engine from the Japanese Galant will be mated with an upgraded version of the 63 HP electric motor on the i-MiEV. Final power output is speculated to be around 350 HP, a big improvement from the 291 of the current Evo X.
It is expected that the electric motor will power the front wheels, and be able to power the car for a certain amount of time. The conventional engine will be sending its power to the back wheels, and use the electric one as a smoother turbocharger.
Other high-tech systems like Active Steering, Roll Control Suspension or the electronically-controlled active yaw control (E-AYC) will also be implemented, adding to the performance of the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO XI.
What do you think about this hybrid prospect? Don’t forget that another Japanese sportscar, the Nissan GT-R is also being rumored to receive a hybrid setup with its next generation. Good or bad? Leave a comment below.