What's New for 2013:
- Mitsubishi makes no changes to the 2013 Lancer Evolution
The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is a turbocharged, all-wheel-drive sport sedan sold in GSR and MR trim levels. Standard equipment includes power exterior mirrors, auto-off headlights, and fog lights.
The Evolution, or "Evo" as it is known to enthusiasts, is based on the Lancer sedan, and is visually distinguished by flared front and rear fenders, large front air intakes to feed the engine's intercooler, a slotted hood intake to cool the exhaust manifold and turbocharger, and both hood and front fender vents to extract hot air from the engine compartment. A rear spoiler generates genuine downforce at higher speeds, and a rear diffuser panel punctuated by dual free-flowing exhaust outlets helps to improve aerodynamics.
Mitsubishi constructs the Lancer Evolution's hood, fenders, roof, and bumper beams of aluminum, and both the battery and washer fluid tank are located in the trunk for improved weight distribution. Lightweight 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 245/40R18 asymmetrical performance tires are standard.Interior Features
The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR is equipped with automatic climate control, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control, and aluminum pedals. Bluetooth connectivity with music streaming capability is standard, along with a 6-speaker stereo with a CD/MP3 player and a USB port. Recaro semi-racing seats are standard, along with a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel.Optional Features
Options for the Lancer Evolution GSR include the Sight and Sound package (Rockford Fosgate Punch audio system with a CD changer and satellite radio, bi-xenon high-intensity discharge headlights, FAST-Key keyless entry and push-button start) and the Sun and Leather package (power sunroof, full leather upholstery, heated front seats, upgraded interior trim, improved sound insulation). Additionally, the GSR is offered with a hard-drive navigation system with real-time traffic reports and storage space for music files, rear park-assist sensors, chrome side mirror housings, aluminum interior trim, and LED cabin lighting.
The Lancer Evolution MR adds a number of performance-oriented enhancements including a standard Twin Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST), magnesium paddle shifters, lightweight 2-piece front brake rotors, forged aluminum wheels, performance suspension components, bi-xenon headlights, and a smaller rear lip spoiler.
The Evolution MR can also be equipped with the same individual options as the GSR, and is offered with a choice of two unique option packages. The Touring package includes heated full leather seats, power sunroof, heated side mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, and added sound insulation. The Premium package includes the Rockford Fosgate Punch audio system with a CD changer and satellite radio, leather seats with suede inserts, FAST-Key keyless entry with push-button start, body-color exterior trim, chrome grille surround, chrome beltline molding, and improved sound insulation.Under the Hood
At the heart of the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 291 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 300 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,000 rpm. Power is fed to all four wheels through a 5-speed manual gearbox in the GSR trim or a 6-speed Twin Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST) in the MR version.
The TC-SST is an automated manual transmission equipped with two wet multi-plate clutches that allow it to shift faster than a regular manual or automatic transmission, according to Mitsubishi. TC-SST includes paddle shifters and offers three driver-selectable shift program modes: Normal, Sport and S-Sport.
Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel-drive system is standard, and employs an Active Center Differential (ACD), Active Yaw Control (AYC) rear differential, and a helical limited-slip front differential. Driver-selected Tarmac, Gravel and Snow modes help the S-AWC get the power to the ground in the most effective manner, with the AYC differential distributing power between the rear wheels as is necessary to produce the best handling and grip.
Additional standard hardware for the 2013 Lancer Evolution includes an inverted front strut suspension, multi-link rear suspension with aluminum control arms, and performance braking components including 13.8-inch front and 13-inch rear ventilated discs clamped by 4- and 2-piston calipers, respectively.Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution are:
- Lancer Evolution with manual transmission: 17/23/19 mpg (city/highway/combined)
- Lancer Evolution with TC-SST: 17/22/19 mpg
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is equipped with 7 air bags, Active Stability Control, and 4-wheel ventilated-disc anti-lock performance brakes with electronic brake-force distribution. Rear park-assist sensors are available on both trims, while rain-sensing wipers are offered only on the Evolution MR.
As this overview is written, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2013 Lancer Evolution.
Available Trims for the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Sedan
||5 speed manual
|| 291-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl
||6 speed automatic with auto-shift
|| 291-hp / 2.0L 4-cyl