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by Tim Beissmann

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has received some subtle specification upgrades for the 2014 model year.

Mitsubishi Australia has cut its Evo range from three variants to two, discontinuing the ‘TC-SST’ six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission option from the entry-level Lancer Evolution.

The 2014 line-up now comprises the base model five-speed manual and the high-spec Evolution MR TC-SST. Pricing carries over unchanged at $56,990 and $65,990, respectively.

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The 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution gains two Isofix child seat anchor points in the rear, as well as new interior trim patterns. Lightning Blue paint returns to the colour palette and rounds out the changes for the updated model.

As such, the 2014 Lancer Evo retains its predecessor’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, producing 217kW of power at 6500rpm and 366Nm of torque at 3500rpm.

Both transmission options send drive to all four wheels, while the active centre differential splits torque between the front and rear axles and operates in three modes: tarmac, gravel and snow.

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The entry-level Evo is equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, auto headlights and wipers, dual chrome exhaust outlets, keyless entry, heated part-leather Recaro sports seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearlever, aluminium pedals, and a four-speaker/two-tweeter audio system with 6.1-inch touchscreen, reversing camera display, USB input and Bluetooth phone connectivity with audio streaming.

The optional $3000 Evolution Performance Pack adds two-piece Brembo front disc brakes, front and rear Bilstein shock absorbers, front and rear Eibach springs and 18-inch BBS forged alloy wheels.

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For $9000 over the standard spec, the Lancer Evolution MR gains all the features of the Performance Pack, along with colour-coded bonnet and fender vents, chrome exterior details, adaptive HID headlamps, leather Recaro sports seats, chrome scuff plates, and a four-speaker/four-tweeter Rockford Fosgate audio system with a seven-inch touchscreen, satellite navigation, and subwoofer.

The Evo updates follow a similar 2014 model year upgrade for the standard Lancer, announced earlier this week.




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