• Jul 22, 2007
Before the folks over at Mitsubishi drop their crown jewel Evo X on an eager public, many road-hours of testing have to be logged in the souped-up Lancer. Besides the fact that the Evo X is arguably Mitsubishi's most recognizable car, there is plenty of new technology that needs to be perfected before buyers can purchase this rocketship. Edmunds Inside Line has video of the Evo X taking it to the 'Ring, and Mitsubishi's 4WD, 300+hp beast looks ready to be unleashed. A new paddle-shift twin-clutch supersport automatic joins the more traditional six-speed manual, and more powerful means of forced induction are rumored to lie under the hood. From its aggressive stance and sharp looks, to the increased performance potential, Mitsubishi looks like a lock to continue the Evo tradition. Hit the jump to view the Evo X in action from Germany's most famous car playground.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      LOL - Edmunds must know something we don't - "they spent most of their time perfecting their new, clutchless transmission"

      hahah
        • 7 Years Ago
        lol... if it's any consolation, paul, i saw your comment before these guys posted, and i got it, as many others likely did.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Haha i caught that too! had to kinda think about what they said for a second!
        • 7 Years Ago
        It has everything to do with your comment. You say that they must know something we don't. Logik gave a way that they gained that knowledge. Anyway, this car looks amazing.
        -C
        • 7 Years Ago
        You can deduce a whole lot about what's being tested through visual and sonic observation.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What is wrong with some of u dudes man? As soon as a car comes around: Oh it is not better than a Corvette it is not better than a Mustang who cares!! If u not for the car go buy what you want and leave the rest of us with our Evo. Mike:Dont get in a discussion about build quality and speak about Detriot cars (on a whole) you know that them statement you made aint true. Stop hating cause it aint American made. The car is very good at what it does and has been so for years.
      Hey you are going to tire of seeing it on the streets of the "great USA". Welcome to the Xolution!! Ha ha ha ha!!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think they were referring to the lack of a clutch pedal. Some non-car people think the pedal is teh clutch, but I would expect better from Edmunds. But yeah it's actually got twice the clutches my car has.

      Aren't all automatic tranny's "clutchless", using a torque converter instead?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes, it is true a regular automatic lacks a main clutch. However, it uses several clutch packs (small clutches) for each gearset. So even a traditional automatic technically has clutches!

        And yes, I'd expect that from Edmunds - they're basically the AOL of the car world lol. I almost feel sorry for them, as I'm sure they felt special with this video - only to spoil it by demonstrating yet again their ineptitude when it comes to cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Say what you will about the design. This car will continue to be a beast on wet weather -- and dry weather too!
      • 7 Years Ago
      @ Itchy Biscuit

      EVO's are very cool tech, I agree. I also think that a pushrod motor that makes power well through the entire RPM band is even more cool especially when the 4 banger turbo has no low end torque and you have to shift the thing like mad to not be caught in the no power zone.

      I also agree that the mullet syndrome does plague Vettes but so does 16 year old wannabe racer moron spending daddy's money on my tuner car with the EVO.

      As far as fit and finish, go to a track day and look inside a C6 Vette and an EVO, then drive them. The Vette's fit and finish is better.

      @Dave

      Number 1- Better warranty. Yeah, you get a better warranty- better not race that EVO or modify it otherwise you get nothing (same goes for any car of course). You can always buy an extended warranty if you're that worried about warranty.

      Number 2- Fuel economy. If your after fuel
      economy, a performance car isn't for you. That fact aside, the Vette gets 18/28. The EVO MR gets 18/24.

      Number 3- More comfortable- you've obvioulsy not driven the two of them. You get race seats in the EVO
      and Sport seats in the Vette, on top of that, the ride quality in an EVO is absolute garbage compared to the Vette. You also get to listen to all the little rattles in the EVO as an added bonus.

      Number 3- It's made by a Japanese manufacturer. Please, I'm not even getting into that stupid debate. Quality has been proven to be very close from most of the manufacturers and GM has risen steadily, meanwhile Mitsu has never been near best in class.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jesus. Can't these loosers deinterlace the video before they upload it?
      • 7 Years Ago
      EVO= Better warranty, better Gas Mileage, More Comfortable, oh and the best part Its made by a Japanese Manufacturer, as opposed to the current POS made by the bow tie company
      • 7 Years Ago
      I loved the previous Evos but I'm not terribly excited about the new body style. Am I the only one that thinks this looks a lot more like a Mazda 3 than the usual Evo/rally styling?
        • 7 Years Ago
        No, you're not. It looks like a poor-man's Mazda3...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wish I had my camera out but I passed a truck that had 2 of these red evo x's along with a few outlanders. The truck driver probably thought something was up because I rode beside him for 5 minutes looking at them. This car looks pretty hot. Hot car but still doubt I'd buy a Mitsu.
      • 7 Years Ago
      what i could hear sounded baaad (as in realy good), it just looks fast ,...and omg i cant wait till it comes out!!hmm i need a really good job, if not just for this car (and im not even eligable to work lol)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I want one. Mitsus may lack dependability, but I'll sacrifice.
        • 7 Years Ago
        What are you basing that dependability upon? Mirages from 1994? It's amazing to me that people still bash Mitsubishi for quality issues even though they have the best warranty of any Japanese manufacturer, and have a better track record than Hyundai and Kia. There still are Mitsubishi pickup trucks, 1G Eclipses, and Montero's on the road now - can you say the same thing about a Hyundai Scoupe or Excel?
        • 7 Years Ago
        >,> To EquinsuOcha: Um Hyundai and Kia aren't japanese. If you're going to compare Mitsu to japanese cars can you compare it to Nissan, Toyota, Isuzu, Mazda, Suziki, whatever, blah, or Honda?

        Look Korea is not an island 8 (ocha) A (ah). Japan is an island. Kia & Hyundai = Koreans.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Let's see, I just went to the Mitsu website and priced out an MR with a few options which totaled $38,646. I then went to the Chevy website and priced out a Corvette with similar options- $45,075.

      For $5,500 more than the price of the EVO, you can get a Corvette. If your looking for performance, Corvette wins. If your looking for fit and finish, Corvette wins. If your looking for durability, Corvette wins. The only up on the EVO is that it seats 4.

      I can't see spending mid to high 30's for what is basically a turbocharged economy car (and that is last year's model not the likely more expensive new one). I realize that they do put a lot of technology into it and it has great brakes, handling, seats, etc. for the track but the Corvette is just plain better at the track, and you don't have to trade street manners with the Vette. Just drive the two on a bumpy road and tell me which you'd rather live with.
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