With its stand-out wing-style rear spoiler, the turbocharged 2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR looks like the screamer it is. Nimble and potent, this all-wheel-drive (AWD) sports-oriented sedan boasts 18-inch alloy wheels that go well with its low-slung, aggressive exterior and help give the Evo GSR over-the-top handling capabilities. And that’s just the beginning; standard creature comforts include cloth upholstery, Recaro sport front seats, tilt-wheel steering, power accessories, cruise control, climate control, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob. Mitsubishi’s FUSE hands-free audio and navigation link system is also standard equipment, as is a 140-watt single-CD changer with six speakers and USB connection, not to mention Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free phone use. Options, meanwhile, include a number of packages, including the Navigation System Package with 40GB hard drive navigation disc, integrated music server, and 7-inch LCD touchscreen, the Sunroof & Leather Package, which is pretty self-explanatory, and the Sight & Sound Package with 710-watt Rockford Fosgate premium audio, including a 6-CD changer, nine speakers, and satellite radio. Other available packages for the GSR trim include the Aero Kit Package with spoiler extension and brake air guides, the Chrome Package featuring added exterior chrome trim, and the Interior Sport Package with aluminum and leather brake handle and shift knob accents.
Safety-wise, the 2011 Evolution GSR boasts standard four-wheel ABS, traction and stability control, front side-mounted airbags, front and rear head airbags, daytime running lights, front fog/driving lights, and a remote anti-theft alarm. HID headlights are available with the Sight & Sound Package.
Powering the 2011 Lancer Evolution GSR is the standard turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder (I4) engine. This potent four-banger mates with a standard five-speed manual transmission to put out 291 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque to the tune of 17/23 mpg. Full-time AWD, managed by a mechanical center differential, as well as front, center, and rear limited-slip differential, boasts three selectable modes for tarmac, gravel, and snow. This touted AWD system, known as Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) in Mitsubishi-land, contributes mightily to the Evo’s legendary handling abilities as well as providing surprising go in the snow, especially when rolling on dedicated winter tires.