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Subdriven Compares The STi, Evo and R32
by: Travis Kriza

Last edited: 06.03.03
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R32 Overview
Evo Overview
STI Overview
Time to Compare Pt.1
Time to Compare Pt.2
Performance Comparison
The Final Element
Counter Points
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (8)

The Mistubishi Lancer Evolution (or Evo as called on the streets) has been a long desired car in the States. Used as a platform for World Rally for a number of years, as well as the "preferred" street "rally" car in Japan, one shouldn't be surprised. Ever since the WRX came to the states, many wondered when the Evo would follow. It only could after Subaru managed to sell nearly 18,000 WRX’s the first year.

The steady debate however was how much Mitsubishi would waterdown the Lancer Evolution when it did get here. Would they dumb it down like they supposedly did the WRX? Or would it come with near its stock power in Japan? Well the answer didn't take long as it was revealed at the Los Angles Auto Show this past January. Packing in 19.5psi of boost, the U.S. spec Evo makes a strong 271hp at 6500rpm and 273lb-ft of torque at 3500rpm.

Of course, the news many were disappointed to hear was that the Evo would receive a differential setup similar to that of a stock WRX. The U.S. Evo got a 50/50 Viscous Coupled center differential with a limited slip rear and open front differential instead of an electronically controlled center differential with Active Yaw Control and front and rear limited slips. For reference sake, Active Yaw Control distributes different amounts of torque to wheels on each side of a car to improve handling. More information can be found here:

  Despite lacking the trick differential setup of the other Evolution cousins, the car remains a great handler. The front suspension consists of MacPherson struts with inverted shocks as well as forged aluminum lower control arms, stabilizer bar and front strut tower. The rear suspension consists of a multi-link wishbone setup with forged aluminum trailing-links and a cast aluminum cross-member and stabilizer bar. The car also features a very quick-ratio steering rack at only taking 2.1 turns lock to lock. The car is then connected to the pavement by a set of 17x8 Enkei wheels shod in 235/45R17 Yokohama Advan A-046 rubber specifically designed for this car.

Even with great rubber, good brakes are a necessity and the Evo is no slouch in that department. The Evo features Brembo brakes that include 320mm front discs and 300mm rear discs. These provide impressive stopping power.

Continuing to the Evo's interior you'll find a nice medium in seat design. The Recaro's are just about perfect in size and design providing a nice compromise in comfort and size. The rest of the interior feels overwhelmingly Lancerish, maintaining an inexpensive interior undoubtedly to save costs.

Moving to the exterior, the most obvious differences of the Evo to a standard Lancer is the large functional carbon fiber wing, the Altezza copy tail lights, and the revised front fascia. The front fascia is one that needs to grow on you. It doesn't naturally look quite as aggressive as previous Evolution models, but has a nice mean look that can grow on you. It might not win a beauty contest, but at least it doesn't look too similar to the stock Lancer.

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