We’ve always been fans of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. Nothing gets us going like taking an economy car and adding all the go-fast parts imaginable right from the factory. The all-wheel-drive system gives this Evo tons of grip and creates a direct link to the rally cars we love to watch. To find out how our editors like the current generation Evolution on the street, click through the following pages.
My goodness I love these Recaro seats. They fit me perfectly despite only having two adjustments, forward and back or backrest angle. I love the leather on the steering wheel and I don’t find the interior to be that bad at all.
To get me to buy this car, Mitsubishi just needs to add a six-speed manual gearbox option and offer the super tall wing as a stand-alone option. The drop from 4th to 5th gear is too long on this test car. Plus, 5th gear is too short. This car hovers in the Lotus Elise world in regards to loud, boomy noise on the highway. Why do I want the big wing? Because this car is over the top already and you may as well play big if you’re going to play.
Overall, I still prefer the Evo VIII and IX but the newest version is still a very fun car. It still feels like an Evo. That’s something that can’t totally be said for the new Subaru WRX STI.
Marc Noordeloos, Road Test Editor
I drove preproduction examples of this car last summer in Japan, I drove some of the first production Evo Xs this winter, and I’ve been behind the wheel of a couple of other Evos in the months since. Nothing has changed: I’m still flat-out amazed at what Mitsubishi has made this car do, astounded at how much capability and enjoyment they’ve packed into such a low price tag. Dollar for dollar, this car impresses me more than Nissan’s GT-R.
There are niggling faults, to be sure–the interior quality still isn’t a patch on the stuff in Subaru’s WRX, fifth gear is both entirely too tall and entirely too short (it’s boomy at highway speeds and cranking a huge 4000 rpm, but the gap between fourth and fifth gear is still ridiculously huge), and the Evo X isn’t quite as involving or communicative as the Evo VIII or IX. But in terms of steering feel, chassis balance, and sheer genius-making capability, it’s got everything else at the price beat six ways from Sunday. What a hoot.
Sam Smith, Associate Editor