2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Review

Posted on 23. May, 2008 by in Auto News

Who is one of the first three iterations of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (aka Evo) driven approaches the tenth fully expecting chest flattening acceleration and spleen rupture cornering. Obviously, the Evo X engine and chassis are bound (and determined) to continue the model of the budget supercar-killer tradition. But there is even less welcome Evo tradition: denture destroying suspension and a Glad Ware interior. Evo X is the ride quality and interior materials conspire again to kill the love for all but the masochists among us?

The new Evo X TERIOR Mitsubishi has moved the compact sedan from the knockdown prices to the penthouse suite. The X-profiles now very similar to the Acura TSX and Volvo S40. The new Evo snout sports a huge black inverted trapezoidal grille, fender vents, a rear spoiler and body kit. Thanks to the car more sleek shape that do not scream macho mods "teenage toy." Of course it helps that Audi has the world safe for giant grid, and that overpriced body kits are now common on overpriced German machine.

The old Evo inside was cheaper than a one-star hotel Romanian. The new Lancer interior is a bit more upscale, but it's still a third-rate romance, low rent Buick Rendezvous. Mitsubishi would do well to replicate the Alcantara interior of the Prototype X concept. An upholstery shop can not fix a nit: the semi-swoopy exterior gives a windshield base stretches, like an African savannah, it's a bit disconcerting to compensate for a good strengthened Recaro seats "driver's car.".

Like almost every car (and people) in recent years, the new Evo is gained some weight. But unlike Subaru, Mitsubishi refused to leave the World Rally Championship on the 2.0-liter normally in their rally car production variant. Two liters for a £ 3500th Car? It's like croquet with a toothbrush, right?

Nope. The Evo four-pot can not push the Subaru STI deliver seamless, but once the speed 4000 rpm arms, pulls the Mitsu mini-mill as an amphetamine-crazed tractor. We torquing 300 ft.-lbs. of twist. And the X engine speed freely so that always is in the enjoyment zone no problem. And then, suddenly, 291 hp at 6500 rpm.

Thanks to premium-powered variable valve timing and turbocharging technology, is boost was not an issue, provided you keep to the speed. Otherwise, there is a second, "what?" Followed by Missing and missed "Holy shit!": One-sixth ratio in the GSR manual transmission. The Evo motor rotates at about 3000 rpm at 60 mph. An extra cog would have certainly helped increase the mpgs of a never chastised 16/22, in case anyone wonders.

The Evo odd dash, driver adjustable Super All Wheel Control is a pair of knitting, electronically controlled differentials. Minus the jargon-laden physics classes and references to the anti-HAL handling nanny (I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid, you can not not do it), feels the head-heavy compact, balanced, agile, manageable, ready planted, secure, ballet and ballistics.

Like every great driver's car, makes the Evo X, a better driver than you without you are out of the equation (in every sense of the word). Align the Evo where you want it, and there it is safe, smooth and fast. The Evo X is the steering is not as quick and sharp as before, but compared to just about any other sedan you can buy, including (especially?) The new BMW M3 offers it a very attractive, very intimate rudder.

There is only one flaw: a tug at the wheel when digging into the throttle to turn over. Never mind. Whether going, turning and stopping, the new Evo has an eager, playful way, the. All too rare in the post-Lexus Age Mitsubishi supercar remains to drive an explosion, also in typical suburban driving. At the same time, it feels a lot more polished and controlled than before. You have to push it too hard to enjoy it. And if you do push it hard, you'll enjoy it even more.

With the old Evo, were potential buyers who could see beyond the crap interior set by his rock hard ride. Here, as elsewhere, the new Evo ups their game, without losing its character. No doubt, the new lightweight 18 "wheels and an improved rubber much expensive and not anywhere near immortal asymmetrical Yokohama Advans-have helped matters. The Evo is not a Lexus than you are, but it's not a go kart, either. Some BMWs are worse (128i anyone?).

The new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, the former car-error, without dying to kill the joy. The punishment is over, the fun is. Unfortunately, there is a new and major drawback: the price. The Evo-hardware is a bargain at $ 35,600. This is premium compact territory, without a premium compact interior or a premium compact class brand. Those who can not see, even spend 35 grand for a mainstream extreme machine, or just do not have a BMW-sized budget might be happier in the upcoming Lancer Ralliart. Or not.