2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
X is Roman for ten. But we'd like to think it denotes and X rating--for the meanest, rawest Evo ever made. This future rally rocket was accurately previewed by the Concept X from last year's Tokyo auto show (shown here), but the street car won't get its LED headlights and show-car interior. Power will continue to come from a 2.0-liter turbo four, but output will push past the current Subaru WRX STI's 300-hp rating. Mitsubishi would be wise to mate its engine to a slick twin-clutch transmission, and it would be a shame not to use the new Outlander SUV's lovely magnesium-alloy paddle shifters. Naturally, the Evo will be driven by all four wheels, via a new S-AWC (Super All-Wheel Control) system that Mitsubishi promises will rival Honda's SH-AWD in sophistication. The new system will feature active steering, active yaw control, and myriad electronic sensors. We hope S-AWC doesn't compromise the great steering possessed by Evos VIII and IX. This new Evo will go on sale in early 2008.