Mitsubishi Evo IX MR Review

Posted on 09. Nov, 2006 by in Auto News

There is an industrial road outside of Chicago, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions more per mile than anywhere, but the work has in Mizushima, Japan. It is the drag race shop with several 600 + hp, carbon-paneled versions vying for space. There is the tuner business, flock to the literally dozens of Evos to dyno. And there's the rally shop, which is widely considered the best American skunk works for this type of car. Sitting and as I stand in this business, my own flame spitting Evo IV rally car on the fly behind me, I stare at a brand new charcoal Evo IX MR – the even higher performance-spec version – which has only 70 miles on it . And the perfect impression of a tree trunk, formed in the passenger side.

The sight is sobering. I mean, I have my own Evo driving on dirt roads and snow rally for years regularly at speeds above 120 mph, and I've never hit a tree, like this poor schmuck did. But then I got to know each other better for a long time rallying and have enough stupid crashes on my permanent record, than continue this path (and through the woods and into the tree). Fortunately, there is another near new Evo IX MR sit outside, and the owner throws me the keys stupid.

I'm not a boy racer. I'm not even a boy. But boy, the IX MR is quite a car. It's not very elegant, the best you could say is that make the fender flares, sharp nose, chin deep and hard edges wing it nice and stringy. The interior is very simple for a $ 35k sports sedan (OK – the Recaro seats are awesome). Unchanged, it actually sits a little too high on its wheels. Unless you know what it is, you would probably think that this is bewinged extrovert like your little brother:. High on bluster but slow on the delivery

But that's your little brother, which is the school track star and steals your girlfriend. Specs never tell the whole story, but 286hp, AWD care with an active center differential, huge Brembo brakes and all-aluminum wishbones and for a good opening paragraph. The story continues when you fire up the 2.0L intercooled turbo engine – in the ninth for the first time with variable valve timing – and it sits in a contented purr. It is not until you really into the throttle, the thing takes off like a scalded cat, albeit a scalded cat with its claws dug about two feet into the roadway.

What I can say with some authority that this is one of the five best handling cars in North America is available. Surely it is a. Two for less than $ 35k, and it has four doors and a boot to boot It's better than the Subaru WRX STi – tighter, better balanced, transitions faster, feels lighter. The Subaru has actually run a better drive layout, with the smaller engine and the mass transfer on, but through sheer bloody-minded suspension technology of the Evo wins hands down.

Yes, this is the hard drive and save the dates. But the turn-in is amazing – sneeze and you'll three lane change – and if you slip, you can smoke the car in fourth gear, tires, the world come to drive on through the side window, the correction with the fingertips. Wanna feel like a superhero? This is your fastest ticket.

Besides the physics is a hard mistress, and trees are hard objects. And the Evo you can not run out of space, if you went too fast. In fact, it kind of cheat you: allows you to go as close to the edge – and over the edge – then collect them all again and again. Except that last time when nothing – not your skills, not your prayers to the sky, and even the Evo – can save you from an idiot.

In any event, the IX MR this type of car is a machine that quickly so damn so bloody easy, that thought is necessary to prevent the death of his appearance. And no wonder: the IX MR is an evolution of a previous Lancer and before that, the Galant VR4 in the early 1990s. The Evo is basically a Japanese 911, sharpened constantly with one thing in mind: dominant performance for a specific course layout. It's amazing that a company difficult still, his place in the North American market, a single model that is oriented so desirable and damn near perfect that they hardly need to make it to market.

And so, after about a dozen Evos driven into rage over the last few years, there is a new Evo IX RS – the even lighter version – sitting in my shop, mock me, to be built over the next in my rally car. So to try much, not an idiot.