2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution: First Drive – Popular Mechanics

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The all-new 2008 Evo X is here. Well, almost. have to wait a few more for it to hit dealers.

But we recently got a sneak and first drive of the revamped demon at Mitsubishi’s Tokachi ground in Northern Japan, and it lives up to the hype.

Mitsubishi a big chance rebuilding this popular sports sedan, as any modifications could cause the core customerthe fast and the get their speed fix elsewhere. No though; the X (“X” stands for generation) definitely embraces its roots. It’s sporty, and agile.

Even so, this definitely the same adolescent bad boy that have come to know and The X is more refined, more and out.

The most notable is the all-new 2.0-liter intercooled and inline Four that the legendary 4G63 engine served every previous It’s rated to produce 295 hp (up 286 ponies) and 300 lb.-ft of torque (up 289), but many experts those numbers are very To reduce weight, the engine is on a reinforced aluminum block and is with a direct-acting valvetrain replaces the roller rocker arm

On the asphalt, the switch translated quicker throttle response and pull, no matter the gear.

have choice of two gearboxes to with the new four-banger: a five-speed and new six-speed Twin-Clutch Sportronic Transmission (TC-SST). The latter is an manual transmission that’s not VW’s DSG. It can select two at onceone engaged, the other all up and ready to go. When the gears are there is no lag time because the are swapped simultaneously.

It delivers shifts than most but with the smoothness of an automatic.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

A dynamic handling system, Super-All Wheel Drive regulates drive torque at wheel by controlling a network of technologies, such as an active differential 4WD, active yaw active stability control and ABS. It takes data from steering wheel, wheels and the vehicle’s longitudinal and movements to determine the vehicle’s of travel, and corrects it when

Unlike similar systems Subaru and BMW, S-AWC you push the car harder for longer pulling you back from the Instead of simply taking away from the driver at the hint of trouble, it places of the car in your hands while putting power and torque to the that need it. That’s for people who can actually drive, and for who aren’t so good.

Mitsu didn’t forget to the suspension. It provides a more ride than the previous without compromising handling or All Evos sport inverted in front and a multi-link configuration in the and are built on a platform that has 56 better torsional rigidity and 50 better bending rigidity.

The MR with Bilstein shock and Eibach springs (rumor has it Mitsu might also this as an option on the GSR, but has been announced officially). the GSR setup was tight, it was the MR that shines in the twisties.

In the looks department, the Evo definitely got a overhaul. The sophisticated design appeal to those looking for a edgy, everyday performance just a speed racer. The has twin air intakes and a NACA to provide plenty of oxygen to the engine. The front fascia is optimized to provide the necessary for the radiator and front-mounted intercooler.

calls it a shark-nosed front but it looks a bit Volvo-esque to our eyes. In its new the Evo is sure to appeal to more and guys who want a speedy to take out on the town and still be seriously.

When all is said and done, hard to compare the old Evo to the new one. are two very different vehicles. One is refined and easier to drive

The other has similar driving but it is much more freewheeling, drive-by-the-seat-of-your-pants fun. Regardless, the Evo X is one car. Chuck Tannert

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

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