Complete comparison test of the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR and the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX…

18 Sep 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Complete comparison test of the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR and the 2008 Subaru Impreza WRX…
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution


D#233;j#224; vu all over again? Regular readers of Road Track no doubt remember seeing these same two cars on our June cover, when we virtually showed these longtime rivals. Then, the cars had not been introduced to the media, so we had to piece together our sneak preview and technical analyses using inside information and educated guesses. Although we were right about everything concerning the new and. nothing beats the real thing.

So when the actual cars became available, Feature Editor Mike Monticello and I put these rally-bred machines through their paces on everyday roads and at the racetrack, where IndyCar driver Roger Yasukawa lent his expertise to compare lap times. The result is quite different from past Evo-vs.-WRX STI shootouts. Which car reigned supreme?

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Sometimes it can be difficult to gauge the winner of a comparison test when different authors champion each car, but in this case, there’s little room for debate: The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is the clear choice. Don’t just take my word, look at the lap times and our test numbers.

The Evo X (it’s called the Evo ten in Japan and by Evo faithfuls) is quicker to 60 mph than the with a faster trap speed at the quarter-mile mark. in fact, the Evo scored a win in almost every performance category. If this were a boxing match, it’d be a unanimous decision for the Mitsubishi.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

The new Evo comes in two trim levels, GSR and MR. The base $33,000 GSR comes equipped with a conventional 5-speed manual gearbox. The top-of-the-line $37,000 MR gets the new 6-speed TC-SST semiautomatic transmission (see sidebar), along with Bilstein dampers, Eibach springs, a nicer interior and bigger rear wing. Both cars are powered by Mitsubishi’s new 4B11 engine: a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 that produces 291 bhp at 6500 rpm and 300 lb.-ft. of torque at 4400.

The aluminum-block powerplant is significantly lighter than the previous iron-block 4-banger (4G63) and features MIVEC variable-valve timing on both intake and exhaust. While not as raw and peaky as the 4G63, the 4B11 is quieter than its predecessor, revs smoother and has less turbo lag.

The Evo X is laden with technical gadgetry. Among them is AYC (Active Yaw Control), which transforms the from an efficient handling sports sedan into a corner-devouring monster. AYC controls the torque split between the rear wheels, transferring power accordingly when it senses abnormalities in the car’s yaw movement. In simpler terms, it drastically reduces under- and oversteer. The result is exceptional control and speed through all types of corners.

When compared to an all-wheel-drive car without yaw control (like, say, the WRX STI), the AYC-equipped Evo turns in sharply and stays on the correct line as if it were tethered, even if you overcook it into a turn. The Subaru, on the other hand, requires a lot of throttle and steering inputs when pushed to its limits. You can see the benefits of AYC by looking at the slalom and skidpad figures. (The Evo MR runs the slalom in 72.4 mph.)

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

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