Mitsubishi AWD Tech – What is It

Mitsubishi AWD Tech – What is It


Mitsubishi AWD has been around since the late 80s, in the form of their early first generation turbocharged coupes. Powered by the legendary 4G63, their turbo DOHC design is still one of the most effective bang for your buck drag racing builds possible. Where else can you achieve low 12s for just under 1000 dollars worth of modifications in a sub 1500 dollar car?

That being said the Mitsubishi AWD system has certainly come a long way since the Diamond Star Motor triplets. Known as the DSM vehicles, the trio comprised of the Mitsubishi Eclipse, Eagle Talon and the Plymouth Laser.

As terrific as the bang for the buck factor of the DSM triplets was, there was a spectre of crankwalk that hung over the performance coupes. Crankwalk was a problem from the 2nd generation 4G63T blocks that caused the crankshaft to “walk” until breaking the crank angle sensor.

Mitsubishi AWD

It wasn’t until Mitsubishi turned the 4G63 around, and made the Mitsubishi AWD system substantially larger and less complicated. The larger components and simpler design led to the increased reliability that was a hallmark of the new Mitsubishi Evolution 8 in 2003.

Mitsubishi AWD Torque Split

The specifications behind the Super AWD system from Mitsubishi is the unequal torque split. Known as the S-AWD system this unit uses active center differential technology to power the axles and wheels that are spinning real time.


Mitsubishi AWD uses the combination of it’s Active Center Differential (ACD), Active Yaw Control (AYC), Active Stability Control (ASC), and Sports ABS brake components. The S-AWD system also uses the AYC to split the torque real time, regulating the torque and braking force at the wheel that needs it.

The yaw rate control is what makes the magic happen, giving the Evolution the superior handling it’s known for. Whether the Evolution is in hard acceleration, steady state driving, or deceleration, the Mitsubishi AWD system ensures maximum traction at all times.

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