Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR review |

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution


Don’t be fooled by the relatively road manners, this is a machine.

Stuart Martin tests and reviews the new Mitsubishi Evolution MR with specs, economy and verdict.

The pundits about which era within the Rally Championship was its golden but there#39;s no doubt it produced epic machines. Audi#39;s quattro, the Lancia Stratos and Integrale, Ford#39;s RS brigade and WRX and Mitsubishi#39;s Lancer Evolution are all among the pool of talented spawned for loose surface

Sadly, many of those are now no longer in it to win it. The company has trimmed the and upped the spec, but what#39;s it to live with one of these rally weapons. Short – easy.

While it at $56,990 for the five-speed manual we#39;re in the MR twin-clutch automated model, which asks for

The Evolution MR#39;s features is not spartan – leather front racing bucket alloy paddleshifters, a height-only(. ) sports leather-wrapped steering (as well as cruise and phone heated front seats, wipers, climate control, xenon headlights with lamps, 18in BBS alloy a top-spec 9-speaker sound with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, a view camera (displaying on the 7in screen), with voice 3D satnav.

The Evo still packs a wallop, despite having around for a while – it has an and turbocharged 2-litre variable-valve overhead cam powerplant producing at 6500 rpm and 366Nm of torque at

It#39;s a cast aluminium (the old two-litre turbo was and it has reverted to an old-school timing as opposed to a belt; there#39;s valve timing on both the and exhaust camshafts and the turbo 20 per cent quicker, says

All that grunt without thirst too – the Mitsi is 10.1 litres per 100km and some enthusiastic efforts, the computer was showing 11.5 on the car. Getting all that to is the all-wheel drivetrain overseen by a of clever electronic systems imaginatively named Super All Control – starting an active centre differential modes for bitumen, unsealed and snow.

The system also with the active stability to keep the desired driving with “Super Active Yaw distributes drive between the wheels to fire the little rocket out of corners with

Striking but not what you#39;d pretty or handsome, it#39;s on a shopping-trolley sedan, the Evo has bracing and body add-ons to upgrade its and strength.

The big rear spoiler looks the but interrupts the rear vision – not ideal when often looking out for particular of vehicles behind you.

The of the bodykit and extra vents the intent of the vehicle, but don#39;t it impractical to use day-to-day, with grinding of body bits the bitumen. The cabin is typical of the car#39;s segment – room for Mum and Dad and a couple of offspring, but the kitchen sink at home.

is impeded for the sake of bass – a subwoofer inhabits the side cubby of the claimed 400 of loadspace, so forget a full-sized set of clubs in the boot.

Cooking of the Lancer score five when the full complement of are fitted so there#39;s no reason why you expect the Evo to rank similarly. already touched on the clever drive set-up, which with stability control, but also anti-lock braking for the Brembo stoppers.

The 18in wheels cover front ventilated lightweight discs with four-pot with 330mm rear and two-pot calipers. The airbag is seven – dual front-side and full-length curtain as well as one for the driver’s knees.

be fooled by the relatively demure manners, this is a vicious Rolling quietly out of the Mitsubishi the firm ride quality is but the Bilstein dampers and Eibach help to take the hard off remarkably well. Leaving the in full auto Normal the shift quality is quick and but prone to holding a high a little longer than is and is not as intuitive as more recent sampled.

Sport mode a bit too far in the other direction and Super mode (which needs to be before moving) is aggressive. changes in the latter are brutal, less regard for reducing shock than other Steering is light but direct, my personal preference would be for a bit meat and a little less

Getting away from with intent is not difficult the Evo gathers pace with ease, but it#39;s when the come that it excels.

the Brembos, turn in, fire out no mess, no fuss, just recommended corner speed made redundant. You#39;ll to hit a racetrack or risk the low-profile rubber on dirt to shake it but even then you#39;ll be hard. There#39;s a five-speed on offer in some models, not in the MR sadly, but a slick six-speeder as a option would be nice.

been on the books for a while at – and it#39;s not Robinson there either – but has not dulled the sharp edged of this rally rocket. does surprise is the ease which it can be used day to day, loosening fillings or re-arranging like some of its ancestors

The Evo 6 Makinen edition springs to It#39;s firm, but there are performance vehicles that corner like this one but more harshly. You do pay to play driver every time you get the wheel, but it does put a grin on face.

Mitsubishi Lancer MR

Price: from $65,990

5 years/130,000km

Resale: 62 per cent Glass#39;s Guide)

Service 7500km/6 months

Safety five star ANCAP

puncture repair kit

Engine: DOHC 16-valve intercooled four-cylinder, 217kW/366Nm

Transmission: dual-clutch automated manual; AWD

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