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Arm your intercoolers, the showdown between the new Mitsubishi EVO X and Subaru WRX STi is almost at hand. KGP Photography recently nabbed both cars doing testing at the famous Nurburgring in Germany, and they are each shaping up to be beasts compared to their pedestrian counterparts. Though Subaru decided to be different and go with a five-door hatchback form, the hump in the back doesn't detract from what the large fenders, deep chin spoiler and gaping maw of an air intake are trying to accomplish. And seriously, can matte black be an available color choice?

The EVO X, meanwhile, has a face that perfectly frames its intercooler in the front bumper for all to see. Add to that a giant rear wing on the trunk and larger multi-spoke wheels, and again it's clear that this car is ready to take up the torch.

Both cars will be all-wheel drive, both will have 300 or more horsepower and both are waiting impatiently to tear the other apart in a decent comparison test. Until then, we give you these galleries to do battle with.

[Source: KGP Photography]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      This will be very interesting. I wonder how much the complaints about the big wing on the current STi led Subaru to delete as dramatic an appendage on the new model.

      Hot Econo Hatch vs. Hot Econo Sedan: this will be interesting....
      • 7 Years Ago
      These two cars used to be about neck-in-neck as far as styling, and there was not much talk about one having vastly better appearance than the other. If we look at these cars in terms of upscale sports sedans, the previous generation of both these cars was a BMW 3-series. The new Evo is an Infiniti G35 (more bold than the 3-series) and the new WRX STi is a Lexus ES350. In other words, the Evo is the new Nissan Skyline and the Evo is a Buick.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What in God's name was that supposed to mean? That is so far from making sense I don't even know where to start.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Much better, thanks.

        I hope nobody buys those pussy mobiles and Subaru has to slash prices to get them off the lot... Because I want one. (Although I agree the EVo looks better)
        • 7 Years Ago
        The STi and Evo used to be about the same. Now the STi is a pussy mobile and the Evo whoops ass.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm a huge Japanese car fan (have a 93 Supra, supercharged MR2, 87 Corolla GTs) but I think I will have to pass up both of these and go with a BMW 135i for the same price. I just can't pass on a new twin turbo I6 2 door rwd car that by the looks of it is even going to be lighter than these two. And those 335's are getting impressive near 400hp numbers with just a chip and exhaust so imagine that in a smaller car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Evo looks like a Dodge Stratus...They should move the FMIC up top as well. It looks cool but blocks the radiator.
      Come on Mazda, bring back the RX-7!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Mazda will not make a new RX-7 at least not a powerful one. Making a 400 HP rotary that gets reasonable mileage, is reliable, and passes emissions is impossible at this time. I have one and it's only semi reliable, get horrible mileage, and recycle gas into pollution. It will also eat these ugly wanna bees for breakfast.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, the EVO X looks so much meaner!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Not a fan of either car, but, I like the Subie's front end better than the Mitsu. It's just a shame that it's a hatchback. Too many bad memories of a Subie hatchback from the 80s for me.

      If Subie would offer a non-AWD coupe, I don't care if it's FWD or RWD, I'd give it some consideration. I've needed 4WD exactly twice in 10 years, I see no need for AWD.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Motortrend just had another 335i coupe overheat in 75F weather, so why even bother with the new TT 3.0L I6 when you can't keep it cool with 300HP, making 400HP could only worsen the deal unless youinstall an engine cooling system.

      these two cars may not have the looks, but they will outperform the 135i and if the engines are still as strong you wont have those overheating issue which the bimmer will have.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Get your facts straight. That was an automatic equipped coupe that didn't have an oil cooler. All manual transmission cars have oil coolers and have not experienced this problem. Automatics will have them after, I believe, March 2008.

        It was clearly a mistake for BMW not to incoporate an oil cooler on the automatic cars, but it hardly points to some fatal flaw with the design.
      • 7 Years Ago
      1:0 for the Evo... i will change my mind if the STI is faster in stock form.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm a current Subaru WRX owner and a fan of almost anything Subaru.

      Based on just these first shots, I'd say the STi looks better when viewed from the side and the EVO looks better when viewed from the front. Looking closely at the STi photos, it looks like Subaru is gonna have some muscular creases baked into the chassis above each of the bulging fenders.

      • 7 Years Ago
      STi...quad pipes? Fudge yeah!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Both cars look great to me. The STI is just not as aggressive looking. That is my type of car. A clean car with a mean azz motor!
      • 7 Years Ago
      In my opinion, subaru wrecked the sti. I hate how its a hatch. I hate the new grill. I completely hate the way it looks. The evo, on the other hand, looks absolutely awsome. With the previous generations i would have went with the sti but with the new generations I'm evo all the way
        • 7 Years Ago
        actually i completely agree with andre. the last model of the WRX made me sad, but it still kinda stuck to similar lines, but now it just sucks. the lancer... u cant argue with it, it looks like a freakin beast. the lancer kicked the sti's ass this year.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm actually happy it's a hatch. I wanted a BMW 1 series something awful last time I was in Germany. But now we're getting the coupe here instead of the 4 door hatch. I had a WRX wagon for 4 years which I loved to death, but I always had green eyes for the STI, but it only came in the fugly sedan form. So luckily for me the closest think I can get to a RWD sport hatch comes in the form of a subaru. Kudos to you Subaru, you will have my $$$. So to each their own.
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