2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII – – Sport Compact Car Web

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SCC Car of the Year: 2004 Mitsubishi Evolution VIII

A bigger gas

It’s taken a year, but finally found a flaw in the Lancer Evolution VIII, a in its armor as they say. 12 months of testing, which a fierce head-to-head shootout its arch-nemesis, the 300-hp Subaru WRX STi July ’03)–which it won–and vs. the best high-dollar performance from Germany, the Porsche 911 4S, the Audi S4 and the BMW M3 (SCC, Sept. it won–we conclude that the EVO is not perfect.

Sure, it’s fast, looking and an unbelievable value. it handles like an exotic, to modification and offers the practicality of a backseat and a good-sized trunk. it can smoke nearly anything on the right out of the box, and has proven to be but the EVO, while great, without imperfection.

It needs a gas tank. Drive it hard, you can’t help but do, and you’re to travel 180 miles before its gas is screaming for more go-juice.

This, of course, like Carmen Electra can’t pneumonia, falls under the of Who The Hell Cares? We don’t. If into driving fast, if into tuning your if you’re into getting the car for your hard-earned dollars; if you’re reading this the Lancer Evolution VIII is the car for

Just look at the EVO’s sticker. It reads like the sheet of an enthusiast’s dream For the base MSRP of $28,987, you get drive with limited-slip and rear differentials, Brembos at all corners, 271 pissed-off horses a hyper-responsive twin-scroll turbo, aluminum suspension, Recaro a MOMO steering wheel, hood and front fenders, and Yokohama tires mounted on forged Enkei alloy

Plus, you get the usual new car luxury like power windows, locks and air conditioning, and for just more, you can get a huge carbon-fiber like the one on our silver photo

And Mitsu didn’t just these parts together. has its priorities straight, and tuned car to make the most of its hardware. based on the Lancer, which is as inexpensive transportation for the masses, the EVO feels cheap, crude or

It’s actually a refined with quick, communicative and a firm, but surprisingly compliant ride.

And its performance is nothing of world class. On HKS’ Dynojet, the EVO’s 4G63 an impressive 233 hp at 5800 rpm and 252 lb-ft of at 3800 rpm. And on the test we’ve seen performance previously unheard of at the EVO’s price.

This car accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 runs the quarter mile in at 102.5 mph, stops 60 mph in only 106 feet, circles our skidpad in an incredible .95g and through our 700-foot slalom at mph.

This is the kind of CEOs once had to pay more $100,000 for, and only by shopping brands like and Ferrari. Only now, obtainable to all of us in a $30,000 Mitsubishi. A we can drive to work every while carpooling with co-workers.

And that’s why we’ve chosen the Lancer Evolution VIII as our Sport Compact Car of the Year.


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