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With Subaru’s new STi out an about (expect our full review on that tomorrow night), Mitsubishi Australia is working overtime to bring its new halo car, the Evo X, to Australia.

So far the rumours have been wild and a little over the top. We are certain that the WRX competitor, the Lancer GSR will use the EVO X engine and the EVO IX drivetrain, but details on the EVO X itself have been non-existent.

Thankfully our friends over at Evolution OZ have got hold of all the specifications plus pricing for the new Evo range.

The range will start form $59,490 for the five-speed manual while the dual-clutch DSG like gearbox will set you back an extra $5,000 ($64,490). There is also an optional Performance Pack for $5,500.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X

The top it all off- the Lancer Evolution MR will retail for $71,690 – a good $7,200 more than the SST Evo X. However for that extra $7,000 you get Bilstein front and rear shock absorbers, Eibach front and rear springs, unique brembos for the front, BBS 18″ forged alloy wheels (standard Evos get ENKEI 18s), HID headlamps, scuff plates, leather seat trim and heated front seats.

Power is also above the previous report of 209kW. The Evo X Aussie spec will have 217 kW power @ 6500 rpm and 366 Nm torque @ 3500 rpm. This is in comparison to its Subaru nemesis which has 221kW and 407Nm of torque.


No performance figures have been published for the Mitsus yet.

Mitsubishi has undercut Subaru by $500 for the entry level Evo, however the STi gets a six-speed gearbox instead of the five-speed found in the Evo (although we love the five-speed in the Evo). The STi range tops at $64,990 for the Spec-R which receives unique wheels and recaro seats.

The selling point for the new EvoX will undoubtedly be the new SST gearbox as its direct competitor is only available as a manual.

5 Speed

  • Excluding on roads $59,490
  • Including on roads $64,305


  • Excluding on roads $64,490
  • Including on roads $69,505


  • Excluding on roads $71,690
  • Including on roads $76,990

Full specifications below:


Evolution MRTC-SST

All Wheel Drive X X X
2.0L MIVEC Intercooled and Turbocharged X X X
217 kW power @ 6500 rpm X X X
366 Nm torque @ 3500 rpm X X X
Front helical LSD X X X
Manual intercooled water spray system X X
5 speed manual X  
Twin Clutch Sport Shift Transmission (with Paddle Shifters) X X
Active Centre Differential X X X
Super Active Yaw Control X X X
Anti-lock Braking System (with EBD) X X X
Active Stability Control X X X
Bilstein front and rear shock absorbers X
Eibach front and rear springs X
Front and rear stabiliser bar X X X
Front strut tower bar X X X
Brembo Front 18″, 4 piston caliper X X X
Brembo Rear 17″, 2 piston caliper X X X
Brembo Front 2 piece type X
AM/FM 6 stacker CD audio with steering wheel remote control X X
Rockford Fosgate premium audio system X
Mitsubishi Multi Communication System X
ENKEI 18″ alloy wheels X X
BBS 18″ forged alloy wheels X
Tyre repair kit X X X
Colour coded front aero bumper X X X
Colour coded rear bumper X X X
Large side air dam X X X
Aluminium large rear spoiler X X X
Dual chrome exhaust tips X X X
Halogen headlamps X X
Front fog lamps X X X
Privacy glass X X X
HID headlamps with AFS and headlamp washer X
Auto headlamp levelling X
Day/night rear view mirror X X X
Cloth seat trim X X X
Sports type leather wrapped steering wheel X X X
Leather wrapped gearshift knob X X X
Aluminium pedals X X X
Accessory socket in console X X X
Key ignition lamp and reminder buzzer X X X
High contrast meter X X X
Multi information display X X X
Scuff plate X
Leather combination seat trim X
Heated front seats X
The Safety Body: “RISE” Body (Realised Impact Safety Evolution) X X X
Driver & Passenger Front Air Bag X X X
Side and curtain airbags X X X
Driver’s side knee airbag X X X
High Mount Stop Lamp X X X
Child restraint x3 X X X
Immobiliser X X X
Tilt adjustable steering column X X X
Electric power windows X X X
Central door locking system X X X
Integrated data dot and advanced security system X X X
Front map lamps X X X
Rear room lamp X X X
Boot room lamp X X X
Automatic dusk sensing headlamps X X X
Automatic rain sensing wipers X X X
Cruise control with steering wheel controls X X X
Smart key keyless entry (2 transmitters) X X X
Automatic climate control air-conditioning X X X
Console mounted ACD switch X X X
Hands free blue tooth connectivity with steering wheel audio controls X X X
RECARO full bucket front seats with slide and recline function X X X
Low-back type fabric rear seat with height adjustable headrests x3 X X X
Rear centre arm rest with cup holders X2 X X X

  • Foggy

    How appropriate that this article is posted at almost the same time as the BMW 135 review…. what a choice!! … I wish it was one that I had to make :(

  • Richo

    at first you think yeah i can handle just the base model but then you start thinking about how cool it would be to play F1 and bang on the paddle shifts, especially considering the DSG gearboxes actually shift when you tell them too unlike normal auto’s, then you read the spec sheet and look at what extra’s the MR model gets and you start thinking “well how cam i not have any of that!” and then all of a sudden your spending $12,200 more then you told the missus you would! oops..

    …so totally worth it!

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au George

    I was hoping they would have a model to compete with the WRX for price, oh well.

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au/ alborz

    They do george, it will be the Lancer Ralliart, but no pricing on that yet.

  • Richo

    George, they will, didn’t you read the article? quote from the above article “We are certain that the WRX competitor, the Lancer GSR will use the EVO X engine and the EVO IX drivetrain”. They just haven’t released pricing of this GSR model yet, but there definetly will be one and it will be aimed price wise at the base WRX

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au George

    Yeh I had actually edited my original post after I re-read the article but it had already received some replies so I put it back.

    The GSR model is likely to be my next purchase.

  • Skitza

    One thing that annoys me is that it doesn’t come with HID’s as standard!!!!WHY!! Will give it a chance but the IX is the best so far.

  • Tom Jakovljevic

    72k for a Lancer?

    I love the things, but there is NO chance.

    135i territory, and I made my thoughts on that well known earlier.

  • Chucky

    Tom Jakovljevic Says:
    June 5th, 2008 at 7:15 pm
    72k for a Lancer?

    I love the things, but there is NO chance.

    They used to cost a lot more than that and you didn’t get all these fancy luxury features either, yet people still bought them. But yes, the BMW 135i does throw a spanner in the works.

  • aubz

    Hmmm, the range topping sti spec.r is 65k while the range topping evo is 72k. 7k price difference but i guess you don’t get that dual clutch transmission…

    Still, 72k for an evo, just sounds… a bit off-putting (and i’m not a brand fanboy either), just that there’s many a nice car to be had for 72k.

  • jamison

    STi has it beat in price and “spec”.

    I dunno, I was a huge fan of the EVO X, but fully on STI side now…

    cant wait for the reviews for both anyways..

  • fasthonda

    Must be just me,but that EVO X looks dated.A squarish looking sedan with an overpowering grille.As for the price,no way would I pay $72,000 for a Lancer!
    I would rather buy the 135i or a used BMW M3.

  • http://www.myspace.com/tjantilag Tom Jakovljevic

    Chucky : how many did they sell at 70k?

    By the end dealers were selling 6.5’s for 50k to get rid of them, and a Evo 9 was a 57k proposition.

    There is a huge jump from that to 72…

    Another story of Misti Aus setting itself up for a massive fail. The yen is strong, so pretty much we are being taken for a ride. Try 35k in Japan for one!

  • Foggy

    Hands up those who remember the fanfare at the launch of the Mitsubishi 380 where the mantra was “we are a premium product and we will not be discounting” …. well 3 months later…!!

    Ultimately, it’ll be the market that determines the right price.

  • george2

    i drive a subie… and yes i love my evos also… but $72grand for a mitsibishi…????? WTF…??? think about it that’s a deposit for a house… big one at that…. fair enough their bringing out a gsr…. to compete with subaru… but at the base price id go the subie…handsdown.. just because it will be your bang for buck alternative..and the fact that subies sound better… admitbly subaru phucked up big time with the new wrx… so we wont go their.. but u can pic up a 2007model wrx tuned by sti/special edition at the low 40’s with leather…. and a biger 2.5ltr engine with the famous froggy noise… end of the day it will always be a lancer… and i cnt justify 72k…. im with the M3 on that one… :) just remember…this.. picking up a lady in a bmw m3 or and evo x? i wonder which one will pull you more routes.. hahah :)

  • Ben

    I think a lot of you guys are missing the point about the Evo.

    I grew up loving them. I even had a little model of an Evo V that I made and painted myself (silver with black and red interior, thank you very much lol). I’m certainly buying the straight Evo with the Performance Package. Personally, I think the car looks fantastic and I can’t wait to flog it round corners.

    You’re forgetting that some people love the name, and love the car, and pay that kind of money to have one. There are some things you can’t rationalise.

    “The whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts”