• Dec 13, 2007
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I've recently had the misfortune of driving a new base-model Mitsubishi Lancer ES and was disappointed to discover that the materials and fit and finish inside have barely improved over the last generation model. The base Lancer is an inexpensive economy car, however, while the Lancer Evolution is its more mature and expensive big brother. How expensive? Well Mitsubishi has announced that it will be pricing the latest iteration of the Lancer Evolution from $34,000, which will get you the GSR model with a five-speed manual. The top-o-da-line Lancer Evo MR that comes equipped with Mitsu's new six-speed dual clutch cog swapper will base at... gulp... $39,000. Inside Line reminds us that the previous Lancer Evo IX started at $28,679, which is a long way away from the new model's base price. Hopefully all that extra cash goes into making the Evo's interior better than the base Lancer's. Keep in mind, this is preliminary pricing, and Mitsubishi says that it hopes to reduce the price of each model by around $1,000 before they go on sale.

Speaking of which, Mitsubishi also announced that the GSR model will be available to purchase next February, while the MR should arrive before the summer. Finally, the EVO has also received its official EPA ratings for fuel economy, which are 16/22 for the GSR and 17/22 for the MR.

[Source: Inside Line]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      So everyone who complained about the 135i being priced from $35k, it seems like quite a bargain now, doesn't it? I mean, everyone here is comparing the EVO to the 335xi, and you'll be able to get a 135i for about $5k cheaper than that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a huge mistake.

      I've always believed the pricing of the original EVO 9 hindered any potential runaway success it could've had. Subaru was making money hand-over-fist when they released the WRX in the US, but Mitsubishi had nothing in that price range. Combined with the insane dealer markups and the subsequent release of the STi, the EVO 9 became a very expensive and worthless "halo" car.

      Bottom line:
      Mitsubishi does NOT have the brand power or consumer trust to charge more than $30,000 for anything. With stories of Mitsubishi hemorrhaging money and potentially leaving the US market, they need to sell car--lots of them. They need to release a WRX-fighter, not another $34,000+ exercise in stupidity. At that price level, most consumers will instead start looking at luxury marques with better brand power and consumer trust.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder if those numbers cover the gas guzzler tax. 39 is too high for the MR......makes the dodge challenger seem reasonably priced.
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a joke right? 34k for an economy car? I don't care how fast it goes, I can think of tons of better vehicles to spend that kind of money on! Just because you copy the front of the Volvo S40 and the back of the Lexus IS does not mean you can charge those prices! This is a Mitsubishi!
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        @Jason V:

        Don't feed the trolls. Anything that comes over an ocean scares this guy.
        • 7 Years Ago
        @Bryan
        Your post is a joke right? You think a Lancer Evolution is a economy car? Sure its based on the Lancer which is a economy car, but what economy car has 290hp stock? Sure you could spend your money on something more luxurious, but would it be as fast? I doubt it, but you don't care about that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I dont like the VW-nish looking speedometer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am only looking at this car because it is the only WRC spec car that has a semi-automatic gearbox that is sold in these United States.

      • 7 Years Ago
      after insurance: ouch.

      07 335i coupe = $1751
      my quote for an 06 evo = $4100, when i heard that my jaw dropped to the floor.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Reply to musashi - although the Evo was priced around or below 20k the STI has always stickered for approx 34k.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Not just insurance, you can buy a 335 sedan for that price. Twin Turbo BMW > EVO, any day in my book.

        EVO and STI were great bargains in the 29000-30000 range, but now they are pushing it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        go for the 335xi coupe, my dad's had one since October and all i can say is twin-turbo + x-drive = AWESOME
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey, you're right. And a G35 will run with this thing, too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow, what a waste of money. it's ugly, slower than the last model, costs more, and gets nearly V8 gas mileage. great job mitsu
      • 7 Years Ago
      And people whined about the $31k price on the Pontiac G8 Ute, another imported performance car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope it sells because I want cars this capable to exist. But I don't see the need to spend 10k more than a Mazdaspeed 3 unless you really need the awd. I realize this is a much more capable car, but the Mazda is probably 90 percent of the fun as long as you don't have to race an Evo.

      34 k is getting into some pretty nice competition.

      And it still needs another gear.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The car won't be cheap, but it will still be a good value. Too bad the interior plastics still suck.

      If you're interested in the evo x, come see us at http://www.evoxforums.com
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