According to the auto industry grapevine, the next generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution will feature a hybrid powertrain and around 373kW of power.
In a report published by autocar.co.uk, the next-gen Evolution will also be the first to deviate from the grocery-getting Lancer sedan that has up until now been its basis.
Although the Lancer platform will continue to provide the Evo's underpinnings, the 2015 Evolution is expected to wear a sportier skin possibly inspired by the 2008 Mitsubishi Concept -RA design study - a two-door coupe.
Rumours of a hybrid Evolution are already well-documented, but the notion that Mitsubishi's performance flagship could become a two-door with Nissan GT-R rivalling performance is certainly new.
Although it's moved on since then, the R35 GT-R originally launched with 373kW from its 3.8 litre twin-turbo V6. If the next Evolution achieves the same level of power, we can expect similarly sparkling performance as Nissan's all-conquering GT-R.
But how will it produce such an output? A diesel-electric powertrain is one of the hot tips for the next-gen Evo, but a turbocharged petrol-electric hybrid would arguably deliver better response, more power and a sportier feel.
Whatever the case, with Mitsubishi already selling the Outlander PHEV plug-in hybrid in Japan and also previewing a hybrid electric utility in the GR-HEV concept, odds are high that the current Evo's replacement will feature some sort of electric propulsion.
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