• Jul 11th 2007 at 4:58PM
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The Mitsubishi EVO X won't be officially unveiled for a few months, but the next-gen tuner-supreme has been spotted completely in the buff, and the good folks over at Motor Authority have posted the pics for all to see. The captured preproduction EVO X differs very little from the concept shown in Detroit seven months ago, with a few exceptions. The rims look close but perhaps an inch smaller than the concept, less-expensive dual-projector headlamps were added, the cool as hell LED fog lights were replaced with more traditional fog ambiance, and more conventional side mirrors replace the super-fly design statement from the concept.
The Evo X figures to be a smash-hit for Mitsubishi with over 300 hp, amazing full-time AWD, a mega-stiff chassis, and a paddle-shift dual-clutch transmission. We hope Mitsubishi can deliver on the affordable price-point that has been established with previous EVOs while upping the performance ante one more time.

[Source: Motor Authority]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      although i prefer the look of the current model evo for the brutality of its styling details, this has infinitely more character than the new STI, which is now an emasculated, fat dog, as far as I'm concerned.

      There are things that irritate me enough about this car to prevent me from ever wanting one. First, the wheels look cheap and comically small, compared to the fat, tall body. The car doesn't look athletic and wide, it looks pudgy.

      My biggest complaint is the back. Why did they have to slant those taillights like that? Why did they have to put that stupid crease under them? Why are they mounted so high on the back? They look cartoonish.

      Also, this car has a fat, extremely tall, and flat faced trunk, which doesn't help with its lack of visual lightness. Too much surface in back. If they could have introduced more black cladding to extend up from the rear diffuser onto the rear bumper, it would have remedied the effect somewhat. Alas, it remains fat-assed and pudgy.

      I like the character of this car, I really do. For my next vehicle, I was looking for something in the STI/Evo category, and, I must say, that is enough for me to disregard the Evo as an option. The new STI is clearly out of the question.

      Maybe a secondhand M3? I'm dispairing.
        • 8 Years Ago

        If your basis for objecting to the evo is styling, you're probably missing the point of the car.
        Re: STI -- unlike the Evo, the STI should be lighter than the last generation. This hardly make is a "fat dog." Styling doesn't define performance, which is the emphasis of the STI & Evo.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Why not wait for the SportBack Evo to show at Frankfurt, and rekindle that desire? That's what I'm waiting for.
      • 8 Years Ago
      YouFaceTheTick @ Jul 11th 2007 7:40PM wrote:
      "...the appeal of the Evo is the handling and power, not top speed."
      Absolutely. And the downforce of a rear wing improves handling, even when the car is not running at top speed.

      "I would rather the car not have something grotesque and 'look at me' on it."
      As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

      "If the spoiler results in a time that's even 5 seconds better [in a track situation], I don't care."
      In case you are wondering: In terms of appearance, I don't like the Evo's wing, and I don't hate the Evo's wing. But I would gladly take any improvement in track time.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was hoping for more aggressive fender flares. Not bigger, but perhaps more defined at the creases.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Let's not get a wing confused with a spoiler. The purpose of a spoiler or lip is to reduce drag and lift. The wing on the evo generates downforce at the expense of creating drag. It is an FIA homologated part that exists so that the identical part can be used on a Group N or Group A race car. (WRC class cars are under far fewer restrictions than Group N or A).

      On an autocross, the wing probably has no benefit, but on a track where speeds exceed 75 mph, you'll start to see the benefits of the wing.

      Most importantly, I think the fact that the wing is functional (and truly, they need to be at least that big to be in clean air) and is homologated makes it a pretty cool thing to have. Let's not forget the Bauhaus edict- that form follows function. I'd rather have a functional wing than a 'style' part that does nothing.

      I know that most people don't do track days (I do), but part of the charm of this car is that if you wanted to race the car on a track, that wing is useful.

      PS- The MR hasn't had a wing delete option ever, there was a 'low wing' option in 2003, and the RS has never had the wing, but otherwise its been a standard part.
        • 8 Years Ago

        Dealer installed or not- there isn't really a way to not pay for the wing, its a mandatory option. I guess that's why you are upset and for that I'm really sorry. I do want to address your other points.

        I'd still argue that the Evo is all about function. The hood scoop is actually an extractor, since air exits from it after flowing through the engine. The one on the WRX is far more poorly designed as the intercooler sits on top of a hot engine and there isn't a clear path for air to flow through the engine compartment. The wing is a valid windtunnel tested part. There's precious little on the car that isn't devoted to making the car accelerate faster, turn sharper, and stop harder. I don't think Mitsubishi's goals with the evo were aesthetics, younger demographic or not. Surely these points are not lost on your wife since she paid the cold hard cash for the car?

        My point is really that we would all be driving camrys if 'x-factor' wasn't part of the equation. For me, that x-factor has to do with the focused nature of the car and its 'convention to the wind' approach to achieving 911 level performance at a $35-40K price point.

        • 8 Years Ago
        Mr. track day:

        The dealer who sold my wife her EVO would disagree with you. Like I said, as a dealer option, the wing never touched the car. Rather, it was kept in its box before the dealer could install it. God, I love EBay, it was a good feeling to get rid of that thing.

        Why not go for an RS, you ask? She wanted the stereo, air-conditioning, and power windows. For a not-so-stellar savings of 50lbs, losing all of that convenience is silly, unless you really want to extract the full potential of the "FIA homologated" rear wing.

        Function follows form? You're out of your mind. The allure to this and it's rival WRX is the aggressiveness of their styling, mixed with the adrenaline rush of peaky powerplants, AWD, and sticky rubber. This is not 3500lbs of function, this is a styling excercise to capture a younger crowd. Unless you really think that rear diffuser and hood scoop are providing function, I suggest you keep your barstool racing at bay.
      • 8 Years Ago
      YouFaceTheTick @ Jul 11th 2007 6:04PM wrote:
      "Yeah at 100+ it [the 'worthless spoiler'] creates downforce of x lbs. Great. Unlike in Europe where such speeds are an option, there's never really a chance to break 100 in the US of Slow..."

      biggins @ Jul 11th 2007 5:39PM wrote:
      "You could go find a more subtle spoiler and probably achieve similar/better results, as far as aerodynamics go. Chances are you'll never be driving the Evo fast enough anyway for the spoiler to really cause much effect."

      If you don't have the opportunity to drive a Evo fast enough to reap the benefits of a spoiler/wing/etc, then perhaps you shouldn't be driving a Evo to begin with. And to complain about the practicality of a Evo's wing in daily driving, is to miss the point of the Evo.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Big rocket, the appeal of the Evo is the handling and power, not top speed. I've done over 140 for hours in my e90...it's nothing special.

        I don't care about the practicality of the wing at any point. I would rather the car not have something grotesque and "look at me" on it. I'm not a teenager. And while I track my cars, it's not going to be that useful even in a track situation. If the spoiler results in a time that's even 5 seconds better, I don't care. I don't drive cars that look tacky and scream for attention: anything beyond a lip spoiler does that.
          • 8 Years Ago
          I agree with you 100% about the wing - get rid of it. I currently have a 2000 Subaru Laegacy GT, and love it's clean lines.

          I think the new EVO will look more mature and serious without the wing. If there will not be a wing / spoiler delete option, then I’m going with either the new Legacy or wait for the 2009 Mustang
        • 8 Years Ago
        i totally agree with that....even though evo's are still status symbols (as well as proven)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I hope they change the interior from the 2008 Lancer. The cost of the car is very low but the interior materials reflect that. The door handles, arm rests, dash etc.. are all cheap crap plastic. I love the look of the exterior but they should spend an extra $1,000 per car upgrading seat fabric and soft touch plastics/vinyl.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      I know a lot of people don't like it, but I really think it's quite handsome. The spoiler is a little 'eh', but I really like the front end. It looks kind of like an angry face with that slant on the headlights and long lower grill opened for the intercooler.


      • 8 Years Ago
      That's one ugly snout...
      • 8 Years Ago
      The wing is a little too F&F, but then I think all wings are like that. I bet if you took it off, you'd pick up at least a tenth at the strip--the only kind of racing 99% of Evos will ever see. It's not a Pro Mod or funny car; you'll never need that wing for straight line performance.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You could go find a more subtle spoiler and probably achieve similar/better results, as far as aerodynamics go. Chances are you'll never be driving the Evo fast enough anyway for the spoiler to really cause much effect.

      I, personally, LOVE the shark teeth. They're unique, they're bad-A.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Certainly mean looking...
      the should flush-up the hood/headlamp seam though... in these pics it looks like a big gap, not something you;d want in a $30k car
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