Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR Edition – Short Take Road Test – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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You could also call it the VIII.V.

Remember the musical used by Jonah in the whale, in the ark? Just when looked so dark? Taking a from that same Mitsubishi, though tossed on economic seas, chooses to the positive, and eliminate the negative.

The is the Lancer Evolution VIII, a high-performance compact sedan already become a cult car in the The negative? Well, for all its boyish and rip-it-up verve, a weekend of back-road banditry in an Evo leaves you like you’ve gone a rounds with Jackie

Other shortcomings aren’t as to overlook, but they do represent opportunities: turbo lag, for magnified by the ratios of the five-speed gearbox. A six-speed would closer ratios, making it to keep the engine in the let’s go of its power band. And speaking of a little more let’s-go is unwelcome.

Meet the 2005 Lancer Evolution MR Edition, an on the Evo VIII that is certainly a in the right direction.

Consider harshness. If you want information fed to backside-detailed information-about every irregularity thicker than a card, the Evo VIII is a superb This is acceptable in a short but gets old when the trip is than a half-hour.

The MR Edition addresses this with a set of Bilstein struts and shocks (rear) tuned to the sharp edges of pavement Mitsubishi says, further, the Bilsteins manage this no degradation in grip or transient Quite the contrary. And based on our with this preproduction we accept Mitsubishi’s claims.

quality is still firm-you get feline responses without serious stiffness-but there’s a comfort aisle between and fierce, and that’s where the operate.

Another MR distinction is the new manual transmission with almost as snick-snick precise as in a Honda S2000. As advertised, … keeps the engine to the meat of its output, enhanced by a final drive than in the Evo

We mentioned extra engine and it’s there on all Evos, on the twist side of the ledger: 276 and 286 pound-feet of torque, compared 271 horsepower and 273 pound-feet for the previous The gain was achieved with a turbine nozzle and a new waste

One other MR distinction: Those shark-tooth fins at the rear of the roofline are aero elements. calls them vortex and claims they increase downforce.

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Other upgrades-a new helical front differential (first on the Evo RS) and a new active center differential-are to all ’05 Evos. Similar to the slip in the Acura TL, the Evo’s LSD the previous open diff and front-end bite during cornering. The active center replaces the old viscous unit and an electrohydraulic multiplate clutch can send up to 50 percent of the engine’s to the rear wheels.

There are a of sensors, including brake wheel speed, steering-wheel and throttle position, that the car’s computer, which decides how much torque to to the rear wheels. The system has presets for different surface

Mitsubishi makes much of weight-saving measures in the MR-an roof panel and side-impact and BBS aluminum wheels-that add up to minus 28 Still, our MR tester weighed an 3300 pounds, 40 more the Evo VIII we tested in June

The company puts the weight down to the heavier front and differentials, but they don’t to retard forward progress. Our MR hustled to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds and covered the in 13.4 seconds at 104 mph.

The Evo clocked 60 mph in 5.0 seconds and the quarter in at 101.

Further, the MR pulled a stout g on the skidpad, compared with for the Evo VIII. Since the tires are the on both cars, we conclude the new components are doing their

Now for the sticker shock: Mitsubishi about $35,000 for the MR. We haven’t official prices, but an ’04 Evo starts at $30,574. About bolts you into an Infiniti and you get change back.

So what do you want? The G35’s civilization is higher, but the MR is the more focused If that’s not your priority, elsewhere.

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