2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X first steer
A supercar for the masses – well with Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution X it comes about as close to that as you are ever likely to get – this is one brilliant motor car that we believe excites from the moment you clap eyes on it.
From the purposeful stance to the throaty note when you fire the engine, the Evo X – Mitsubishi’s 10th iteration of its rally-bred performance car – is something special.
But let’s cut to the chase, fire the 2.0-litre, twin cam, four-cylinder engine with its twin-scroll turbocharger that generates an impressive 217kW of power at 6500rpm and 366Nm of torque at 3500rpm, slip the gear lever into first and if you’re lucky enough to have the all-new Twin Clutch Sport Shift Transmission (official acronym TC-SST) at your disposal, simply nail the throttle pedal and hang on – because all hell is about to break loose.
Something that’s immediately apparent is the change in the ride and handling, not in any bad way, the car rides firmly but with a civilised degree of control that means you can cruise around town without needing to see a chiropractor when you step out of the car.
In large part it’s all down to a set of electronics that go under the general name of Super All Wheel Control (SAWC) that integrates a network of dynamic handling technologies, including: Active Centre Differential (ACD), Active Yaw Control (AYC) rear differential, Active Stability Control (ASC), and Sport ABS brakes. There are also three selectable levels, depending on conditions, of Tarmac, Gravel and Snow.
Power delivery is incredible and the quickness of the shifts has to be experienced to be believed.
We also drove the five-speed manual on Winton Race Track and have to say that initial experiences would indicate this is a better unit for race-track use.
The new higher-torque-capacity 5-speed manual transmission is standard on the Evolution X, which is priced at $59,490.
The MR, which comes standard with a range of extra goodies, including part-leather upholstery and a touch screen in the centre of the dash that includes satellite navigation, will set you back a handsome $71,690.
The chassis of the Lancer Evolution is reinforced with additional welding and supports, including strut tower braces and a V strut behind the rear seats. The suspension is also reinforced and based around a strut front end and multi-link rear system.
It has few competitors in terms of grip and drive, let alone engine performance, and offers blistering acceleration, especially when coupled with the rapid-fire shifting of the TC-SST gearbox.
The Evolution X has impressive brake, razor sharp steering and the rework of the suspension has made a hard riding performance car into a rocket quick performance car that now offers a new-found level of ride, handling and comfort – while sacrificing nothing of what it had before.
Well, you can bet that we will be putting them together to answer the challenge, but in my opinion the Evolution X runs rings around the WRX STi – not just because of the twin clutch gearbox but it handles and rides better – and it looks better too.
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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X specifications & pricing
- 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