• Mar 14th 2007 at 6:28PM
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The next generation Mitsubishi EVO is due out this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and CAR magazine is asking whether drivers have already lost interest. In response, Phil McNamara reflects on his drive of the last of the current generation EVO IX models, and answers with a definitive NO! The EVO may not have as much finesse as the M3, but it sure is fun.

The quick steering, and the fabulous 2.0L turbo four cylinder put a smile on his face every time he hits the accelerator. The problem as Phil sees it is the image of young hooligans who are stereotypically thought to drive these cars, as well as some of the niggling trim details. However, he is definitely looking forward to Mitsubishi refining the fit and finish on the great looking new car, and hopes the new greener power-train retains the feel of the original.

[Source: CAR]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I like the recipe, but is there any reason why they can't style it better? past, present, & future? The term "angry appliance" fits!
      • 8 Years Ago
      @ Rene Curry

      Really? I think this is a beautiful car. I mean, not Alfa Rome 8C Competizione Concept-beautiful, but I like it.

      //Opinions = everybody's got one
      ///"Angry appliance" = funny
      • 8 Years Ago
      Eh, when a car is this fun, I don't think people are buying it for the interior.
      • 8 Years Ago
      We young hooligans have driven the great "bang for the buck" cars of every generation. It's a fine tradition, not a stereotype. Young hooligans such as Enzo Ferrari and Carroll Shelby went on to create cars that old rich guys spend millions of dollars on because they wanted them when the were young hooligans. So long live the Evo, and long live the young hooligan. Hopefully.
      • 8 Years Ago
      nothing wrong with looking forward to the one you might actually buy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow! I love the EVO Lancer. The car is hot. But this front end? NOT!

      I suggest making the largest, most prominent Mitsubishi embalm on open gap front.

      Next, add prominent badging in red on black saying:


      God, I love that.


      • 8 Years Ago
      in reply to spencer, I believe there are plans for a Ralliart Lancer to compete with the WRX et al. all the good stuff of the Evo, in a toned down package.

      read about it here: http://www.drive.com.au/Editorial/ArticleDetail.aspx?ArticleID=23263&vf=7

      • 8 Years Ago
      Agreed but this day in age what car company does produce revolutionary designs and not a one off from another theme! They all do it, so hate the game, not the player. And if you are going to copy anothers design, atleast they picked Audi whos producing some fantastic cars right now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This may not go over big with the Autoblog crowd, but I am looking forward to the Ralliart more than the Evo. Sure the Evo is cool and really fast, but since I don't take my car to the track on weekends -- nor do I plan on robbing a bank anytime soon -- I would never buy one. The recipe is simple: Give us a daily-use car that can surprise the competition at the stoplight (and in the twisties) and you've got a winner.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am sure this will be a track monster just like every other Mitsubishi Evo ever created.
      • 8 Years Ago
      All this talk about looks and interior... I still think the biggest worry is the engine. How could they improve the 4G63?? This iron lump is capable of 900+HP in the hands of the right tuner. I REALLY hope they don't mess the new engine up...