Drive – Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Review

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Cameron McGavin

Make Model LANCER Price (man) and $64,490 (auto). 2.0 EVOLUTION Series Year Body Group sedan Twin front, side, knee and curtain airbags, control, ABS with electronic force distribution and brake climate control air-conditioning, control, trip computer, entry/start, automatic headlights/wipers, audio with auxiliary 18-inch alloys.

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If any car encapsulates both the ridiculous and the it’s Mitsubishi’s Lancer.

#160;That would be the modified kitted out with an aftermarket, exhaust and universe-bending stereo to attention away from is a rather puny car.

the wannabes want you to think driving is the one Lancer that can be called sublime – the Evolution.

Which brings us to the new on this page, the 10th of the franchise and, on paper at the most complete Evo ever. see if it has the goods to add lustre to the legend.

Price and equipment

Evos never been luxurious but the base model tested is well equipped for its $59,490 getting climate control, auto headlights/wipers, keyless and Bluetooth phone connectivity.

A new model, the $71,690MR, takes further, adding leather, seats, sat nav, Rockford stereo and uprated brakes, and wheels.

The MR also gets new six-speed double-clutch transmission in a big departure from the Evo form offers an automatic mode.

If not keen on the base Evo’s manual you can option the double-clutcher for A $5500 pack with the uprated brakes, suspension and but no toys, is available for hard-driving

Under the bonnet

After duty in every Evo, 4G63engine has made way for a new 2.0-litre four with an aluminium than iron) block, sophisticated variable valve and revamped turbo.

Power out at 217kW, up from 205, torque has jumped from 355 to

While these figures put the behind Subaru’s 2.5-litre it’s still a serious Put the foot down and it hunkers and accelerates with gusto. A appetite for revs and commanding complete the package, but turbo lag intrudes during lazy dawdling.

While the double-clutch is attracting a lot of attention, the five-speed is still the pick for drivers who to get involved. With quick, shifts it’s a beauty, but ratio wouldn’t go astray.

Fuel economy is mediocre. We 11.7L/100km in combined urban/highway well behind Mitsubishi’s claim, and a 98RON premium adds to the cost.

How it drives

The X is so it’s hard to know to start handing out the bouquets. securely in that Recaro with sharp, sensuous at hand and powerful Brembo to call on, the driver’s commands are into action with transparency.

You need only of turning before the Evo has dived the corner and blasted out the other It has more grip than pin-sharp responsiveness and is utterly and predictable.

The all-wheel-drive system is sophisticated in its manipulative powers, but than having to choose tarmac, gravel and snow there’s little for the driver to The Evo just grips and goes fuss.

Not surprisingly, ride quality and are unremarkable. However, while the Evo actively to the vagaries of the road and the tyres make a racket, not an unreasonable compromise in light of its abilities.

Comfort and practicality

It’s user-friendly, too, with of cupholders, decent small-item and an auxiliary input for the stereo.

Up race-style Recaros grip the tightly and deliver impressive Despite their meagre and only one-way steering it’s easy to find a driving position.

The back seat has sufficient leg and space to accept taller without complaint, and the well-shaped is comfortable.

However, the boot is not big and the spare tyre is sacrificed for the big system and rear diffuser, you with just a can of sealant and a to fix a flat.

And with Mitsubishi the battery and washer fluid to the to improve weight distribution, the seat no longer offers a function.


With airbags, anti-lock brakes, control and high-tech chassis galore, the Evo is on the ball here.

The on top is a five-star NCAP rating, but the of parking sensors is disappointing in of the mediocre rear vision.

Overall verdict

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

Previous Evos have cheap, lacked refinement and light on toys and safety, but you always forgive them sins because they so great to drive.

The X is a different It’s well equipped, and – firm ride, fuel economy, lack of back seat and missing tyre aside – not a pain in the rear end to live Yet this maturity hasn’t at the cost of the driving.

The X might be a easier-to-live-with Evo, but it hasn’t its gold-plated ability to thrill.

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

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