• Sep 24, 2007
Our pulpy friends over at 2002 Hogback Road have gotten their hands on the latest version of Mitsubishi's Evo, the Evo X. Car and Driver's November 2007 issue has a preview of the Evo X, and they found that while the new car gives up speed to the outgoing model in a drag race, it kicks it in the teeth if curves are on the menu. Any car that can run a 13.8-second quarter mile is not slow, anyway. Consider that you get that kind of speed for a base price of $30,000, and 295 horsepower from two-liters is impressive. C&D's numbers are from the Evo GSR, and a JDM one at that, but changes for US-bound Evos are down to details.
Putting the 295 horsepower and 300 lb/feet of torque to the ground in a seamless manner is a bucketful of acronyms. There's a new dual-clutch sequential gearbox called Twin-Clutch SST that is bolted to four coordinated systems that get the overall descriptor of Super All Wheel Control. S-AWC combines a center differential with yaw control, stability control, and a rear differential with separate clutches for the left and right wheels. The structure is stiffer and lighter, and in the boy-racer arena, the Evo's always been a sweet driver, which hasn't changed. In fact, the character of the car has become a little less uncouth, which purists may cry about, but the rest of us will just giggle like schoolgirls as the Evo X replicates the video game experience IRL.

[Source: VWVortex]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      This will be the best EVO yet
      • 7 Years Ago
      Johnny
      Mitsu voided a bunch of warrenty's because people actually raced their new evos. Am I the only one that remembers that?
        • 7 Years Ago
        "warrantys" (no apostrophe, sorry can't stand internet spelling)

        It's unfortunate that mitsubishi would treat people badly for using the car for its intended purposes:

        http://www.caranddriver.com/carnews/8422/evo-owners-decry-warranty-rejections.html

        Now, my take on this is that Mitsubishi was not busy browsing forums doing investigative work linking screennames to customers so that they could deny them a warranty. That's ridiculous. But I am not defending Mitsu.

        Have you ever brought in a car for warranty work? ANY dealer will try to find the most miniscule reason to deny your warranty claim, especially if it's an expensive repair. On a car like an evo with the engine under high loads, you betcha they'll try everything under the sun not to cover it.

        Is that the only reason for NOT getting the car though? It depends. If you're the "boy racer" that can only afford the monthly payments probably not. If you are a true racer that's willing to spend the money for the performance (and the mods).....a factory warranty might not mean much to you especially when the Mitsu warranty itself states:

        "failures related to racing..."

        But yeah, you got on me that warranty point.

      • 7 Years Ago
      "Evo's and Sti's and Si's are cheap, noisy, tinny and fast. I bought a 2007, and sold it in 10 mos."

      How do you lump a little McCivic with the Evo and STI? NO comparison in any way, shape or form. I believe the McCivic is one of the most efficient FWD non-hybrids on the road, not a rally racer... I don't care if you slap an SI on it or add sportier seats...

      Fast and great handling = crude? Me wonders if you actually owned or even drove one. Sorry...

      And as a day-to-day driver, I'll take an WRX/STI over any Volvo.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Tom Design...
        Wow, how foolish can a person be to go out and buy a car that for 12 years has been Inspired, designed, and marketed after a rally car, and expect to get M3 fit and finish. These cars weren't built for the pansey ass, midlife crisis, wanna-be racers who just can't stand to not have a place for their morning Starbucks...

        Nobody feels sorry for you and your stupidity, go away and get a life... moron.
      • 7 Years Ago
      troll,
      ignore him
      3500 lbs curb weight, WOW, no wonder it is slower. i wonder if it just feels like it handels better to the author of that article or weither it actually laps a track faster. will be very dissapointing if it has actually traded speed for comfort. that is not what the evo is supposed to be about.
      • 7 Years Ago
      my stock 'stang can take this pos...v8 muscle nascar love bay bay...i'd like to see this on an oval track
        • 7 Years Ago
        LOL Oval racing is hardly true racing. I mean all you do is go around in a gradual circle. That's why I prefer F1 and DTM to IRL and Nascar.

        I don't question that your Mustang is a competent car, but I doubt it would beat this car around a proper track like the Nurburgring, especially with all the tech in it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Who snuck in to your trailerpark and showed you how to use the Internet?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I don't think they call them boy racers because the car is a boy.
      There have always been high hp inexpensive cars to satisfy certain demographics. (IROCs, Mustangs.....) But as I got older, and I could spend more on cars and not student loans, backwards baseball caps and noise-maker mufflers so people can hear my extra 5 hp, I am wanting to drive in something a little more refined.
      I would much rather drive a used Benz or BMW than a $25k drivetrain strapped to $200 of recycled beer cans.
      • 7 Years Ago
      You know, when it comes down to it, the car is cheap, plasticky and tinny. I drove the last model, and the WRX Sti, and as much power, handling and fun, you just feel like you're in a shit can surrounded by tinny veneer of plastick and plastick.
      These cars just aren't for me anymore. I am 6' and cannot find a good driving position, and they're so narrow on the inside I rub elbows with the passenger.
      Sold my Asian noise box for a Volvo S60R, and it's like driving a real car. Something solid and comfortable and elegant, with leather and real brushed metal and hand stitching and SILENCE along with awesome kickass 300hp/300lbs torque. Just my preference now, over 40 I guess. But I hate hearing that much wind, road, and mechanical noise in a sedan. The Volvo makes these power rice burners seem like cheap pieces of crap.
        • 7 Years Ago
        BMW's new 135i will likely give you the best of both worlds, albeit for a likely $5k premium on the Evo.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Maybe cheap, but it's fast and light (relatively). As opposed to expensive, slow and heavy (there's only one way to make it quieter...).
        • 7 Years Ago
        So you admit that the car's basic nature is "tinny" and a "noise box" and inherently has "wind, road, and mechanical noise". Now you switched to a car with SILENCE and like it much better. Then you opt to call the car you previously owned "cheap pieces of crap".

        That's like buying a pair of uncomfortable shoes that didn't fit you, and when you finally find a pair of shoes that's more your style (after some years of owning said pair of uncomfortable shoes) you THEN decide to complain about your previous pair of shoes that YOU made the choice to buy.

        Why are you even commenting?
        • 7 Years Ago
        On a track the EVO X makes volvo's look like the boring slow and ugly things they are.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Tom Design.
        ...over 40 I guess." That says it all. I guess your swedish meatball is good for you old farts.
        Leave the rally cars to people who appreciate them. I guess you can't handle a car that is a basic rally replicas.
        But you are old after all and driving a volvo says it all.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hasn't anyone ever told you, "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all."? Because that was TOTALLY unnecessary. There are the ups and downs to different cars, and no two cars are ever the same. You can't compare a rally rocket with a "safe car" you know.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Like you said last model. Duh Your Volvo is also $40-45K and doesn't handle as well as an Evo X.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm willing to bet that the increase in 1/4mi E/T is more due to the driver of the car than the capability of the car itself. AWD cars are really tricky to drive right in a drag race. But get it right and watch out.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It has a twin clutch how hard can it be?
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's likely to be a function of the difference between the computer-controlled dual-clutch robomanual transmission and an old-fashioned 6-speed in the previous car. The computer may not be as willing to sacrifice clutches for an all-out launch as an automotive writer who doesn't own the car is.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Johnny, no, why are YOU commenting?
      You should be on a shoe blog it seems.
      Evo's and Sti's and Si's are cheap, noisy, tinny and fast. I bought a 2007, and sold it in 10 mos.

      And Stefan, the Evo has defined UGLY for almost 12 years! the Volvo S60 has won design awards even from the Italians. And slow? I don't think so...haha...you don't know cars. The S60R spanks the M3, the S4 on the track...these are slow cars? They might not match the crude force of the Evo, but that's WHAT I WAS WRITING ABOUT. how crude these asian pocket rockets really are to drive.
        • 7 Years Ago
        There's no way in hell an S60R would "spank" an M3 on the track. Not a chance. Nice try. They're decent cars, but c'mon, be realistic.

        Besides, you old f*rts don't track your cars, either, right? So why do you care?
        • 7 Years Ago
        As much as I love my S60 (and it is handsome) - an M3 will eat an R's lunch. Can I have some of whatever you're smoking?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wow...sorry Tom Design, but that was just a lame attempt to match my wit.

        Once again, you have complaints, but you OWNED the car and upgraded to a car you liked. You're basically criticizing your choice to have OWNED the "Asian noise box" in the first place. What exactly are you trying to defend?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Read it and weep you babies in men's bodies:

      http://www.autoblog.com/2006/09/05/volvo-beats-viper-cadillac-for-speed-gt-win/

      Yeah, I'm 40 and still tracking my cars. The S60R feels like a nailed down quiet sedan even at 125 rounding the banks at Loudon track. The "advanced" electronic suspension setting locks down the ride so much it can only be used at the track. Dated technology? Yeah, right...500 suspension calibrations/second.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Duh Duh..... Is your name Moose from the Archie comics?
      • 7 Years Ago
      $35k-cheap? hardly
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