Even though everything about the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is brutal, except for the ride quality on MR trim cars with the Bilstein/Eibach combo, I pause each time I see one. The interior is cheap and the sticker price isn’t low. But it’s worth it.
Every single dollar above the base Lancer’s price makes the Evo go faster and handle better. The Super All-Wheel Control awd system helps hustle the Evo trough turns in all weather, and road surface, conditions. Yokohama Advan summer tires, wrapped around either Enkei or BBS alloy wheels, deliver insane amounts of grip when the roads are dry. Every time I think I’m entering a corner too quickly in an Evo, there’s not even a hint of tire squeal – the car just keeps gripping. Live in the Snowbelt? Throw on a set of winter tires and you’ll be praying for snow days. Supremely supportive Recaro bucket seats keep driver and passenger secure during aggressive maneuvers.
A 2.0-liter turbo-four produces 291 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. You can choose between a six-speed twin-clutch transmission and a traditional five-speed manual. The manual is especially beefy and holds up well to the many aftermarket modifications that can increase power rather affordably. Fuel economy drops to somewhere between LOL and WTF? as soon as you add boost, but it doesn’t matter. This is purely a driver’s car. A driver’s car that will tackle any type of road you can find and completely engage you in the process.
There are faster cars, more luxurious cars, cheaper cars, and many more logical cars. But I can’t think of any car on the road today that makes me want to drive as hard as the Evo does. Given Mitsubishi’s tenuous position in the U.S., I’m thankful I’ve been able to experience the Evo several times during my tenure at Automobile.