Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Mitsubishi Lancer Prototype-S

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Prototype-S Hatchback Concept
Mitsubishi Motors Press Release

Mitsubishi Lancer Prototype-S 2008Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is to give the Prototype-S sport hatchback concept its global debut at the 78th Geneva International Motor Show. Also included in Mitsubishi Motors' 16-model stand are the i MiEV (dubbed the i-EV in Europe) and the Lancer Evolution (Lancer Evolution X on the Japanese market). The i MiEV is a new-generation electric vehicle under evaluation for export to international markets and currently undergoing fleet monitoring in Japan; Lancer Evolution is a new-generation high-performance 4WD sedan that allows all drivers to experience enjoy the highest levels of fun-to-drive performance safely and with confidence.

Making its global debut at the Geneva Show, the Prototype-S is derived from the Lancer sports sedan (Galant Fortis on the Japanese market) currently on sale in most Mitsubishi Motors markets worldwide.

Distinguished by the inverted-slant nose with trapezoidal grille front fascia that comprise the Mitsubishi Motors new design identity, and with purposeful, wide-and-low proportions; Prototype-S uses exterior lines to craft a shape that is powerful and sporty. The use of 225/40R19 tyres on 19-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels adds to the tautly muscular and road-hugging image the styling projects.

Mitsubishi Lancer Prototype-S 2008Prototype-S uses a new 2.0-litre MIVEC 4-cylinder DOHC intercooled and turbocharged engine, developing 177 kW (237 hp) of power and 343 Nm (253 lb-ft) of torque that will also power the Lancer Ralliart due to go on sale in North America in the summer of 2008. The power unit is mated to Mitsubishi Motors' high-efficiency Twin Clutch SST automated manual transmission that gives the driver simple control of and feel-good access to the car's exhilaratingly sporty performance. The full-time 4WD driveline features Mitsubishi Motors' Active Center Differential (ACD) that uses an electronically controlled multi-plate hydraulic clutch to optimally tailor front / rear drive torque vectoring to different driving conditions and deliver the best balance between steering response and traction.

Technical Specifications
Engine: 2.0 litre MIVEC four-cylinder DOHC
Aspiration: Turbocharged
Maximum Power: 177 kW (237 hp)
Maximum Torque: 343 Nm (253 lb-ft)
Transmission: Twin clutch SST (with automatic mode)
Drivetrain: All-wheel drive

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