Production of the Evolution 10 started in October 2007, with sales beginning in the same year. The new Evo 10 ditched the old 4G63 engine and used a newly designed 4B11T 2.0-litre turbocharged engine. This new all-aluminium GEMA inline four-cylinder engine produced 276 horsepower and 311 lb ft of torque. Following the repeal of the Gentleman’s Agreement in Japan, power was raised to 296 horsepower at 6500rpm (2009 model year).
North American, European, Australian and New Zealand models were rated at 291 hp and 300 lb ft of torque. Depending on the model and where it was sold, the Evolution X could go from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in around 4.8 to 5.0 seconds.
Evolution 10 Extra
The Evolution X featured completely new styling and the wheelbase was increased to 2650mm from 2625mm. The overall length was also increased to 4570mm (from 4490mm), along with the width which was increased to 1810mm (1770mm for the IX). The height was also increased to 1480mm, a 30mm increase over the IX. This increase in size led to a weight gain of around 100 to 150 kg (now at 1420 – 1600 kg).
Mitsubishi’s latest Evolution model was given a new sequential semi-automatic 6-speed SST twin-clutch transmission with steering-mounted paddle shifters. A 5-speed manual transmission was also offered as well.
The Evolution X fitted with the 4B11T engine utilises a timing chain instead of a belt. Models from 2012 onwards were fitted with a revised chain that didn’t stretch. The timing chain does not need to be replaced unless it stretches or breaks (models from 2008 to 2011 had a timing chain that was prone to stretching).