The formidable Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X range has scored substantial price reductions and interior technology upgrades as part of the 2013 model year update.
The Evo, as it's better known, has long struggled to keep up with the sales volume of its arch rival, the Subaru WRX STI, and while there are a number of reasons for this, the Mitsubishi's performance credentials have certainly never been one of them. The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X carries over the same 2.0-litre DOHC MIVEC turbocharged engine that delivers 217kW of power (at 6500 rpm) and 366Nm of torque (at 3500 rpm).
To better compete, Mitsubishi Australia has cut the price of the entry-level Evo X five-speed manual by $5400, bringing it to $56,990 - $3000 less than the price of entry to the WRX STI range. Optioning in the Getrag-built twin-clutch sport shift transmission (TC-SST) will cost you an additional $5000, but you’ll also get an upgraded brake pack and it’s still $5400 less than you were asked to pay before.
The range topping Lancer Evolution MR, which previously carried an excessive price tag of $74,890, has been slashed by $8900, bringing it down to a more affordable $65,990.
Despite the impressive price cuts, Mitsubishi has added equipment across the three variants. The base models gain a new audio system with a 6.1-inch full colour display with iPod/iPhone connectivity as well as Bluetooth telephone and audio streaming capabilities.
The Evolution MR gains the new Mitsubishi Multi Communication System (MMCS), which runs through a 7.0-inch touchscreen and offers sat-nav with 3D mapping.
The base model five-speed manual can be optioned with the $3000 Evolution performance pack (down from $5000), which adds Bilstein front and rear shock absorbers, Brembo two-piece-type front disc brakes, Eibach front and rear springs and 18-inch BBS forged alloy wheels.
Mitsubishi Australia currently sells around 10-20 Evo Xs a month, and expects to sell around 120 per year. The Evo X will stick around until at least 2014, when the new Lancer model arrives.
2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution manufacturer's list prices:
- Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 5MT $56,990
- Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution TC-SST $61,990
- Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR TC-SST $65,990