Not so long ago the idea of a hybrid powertrain in a sports car was anathema to enthusiasts. But after the development of the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) for Formula One, the debut of cars like the Tesla Roadster and Audi's all-electric R8 e-tron concept and the wider acceptance of hybrids in general by the buying public, it's not so unimaginable anymore.
It's also at least a real possibility for the next-generation of one of the biggest performance bargains of the decade--the Mitsubishi Evolution Lancer, which latest reports indicate could go diesel-hybrid for the next-generation Evo XI model.
According to Autocar, instead of going the regular hybrid route as previously speculated, the Evo XI model could go diesel-hybrid in order to make it as fuel efficient as possible--a key factor to ensure the car meets tightening economy and emissions regulations while maintaining performance.
The issue got so serious that Mitsubishi even considered killing of its popular Evo after the current generation.
Despite being a diesel, performance should be strong with initial claims of 0-62 mph times of under 5.0 seconds. The automaker’s surefooted S-AWC all-wheel drive system and new dual clutch transmission should remain.
We’ll keep you posted on the development of the future Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution XI.