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
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: http://www.mitsubishi-cars.co.uk/features/ayc.asp.
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
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