If the official photos of the soon to be released Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X have left you thinking how much of its good looks can be credited to fancy photography and post-editing, then these spy shots acquired by NihonCar may just put your mind at ease.

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In a word, this car looks spectacular.

This isn't your average Evolution, this is the new Ralliart variant which - if previous generations are any indication - could make its way into Australia in limited quantities.

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Mitsubishi definitely have a winner on their hands. Perhaps the only downfall for purists is that the Evolution yet again shares the majority of its appearance with the standard Lancer, meaning the wave of imitation Evolutions are sure to come.

For more photos and a must-watch video, check out NihonCar.