• Apr 30th 2008 at 12:25PM
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Click either image for a high-res rendering of each model at AutoExpress.

Mitsubishi and Subaru are entering round two of the newest battle for all-wheel-drive supremacy and AutoExpress has ringside seats. Both automakers are preparing hard-core versions of their turbocharged, rally-bred road rockets and that means more power, more aerodynamic mods and, in the case of Subaru, less weight.

The Lancer Evolution X MR is on the way, with a new fascia equipped with extra venting and a new air intake, while a revised rear wing, side skirts and blacked-out wheels complete the exterior makeover. Output is increased by 20 hp (in JDM spec) to 305 hp and the mid-range has been tweaked to provide more low-end torque, dropping the 0-60 time to under five seconds. The paddle-shifted SST twin-clutch transmission transfers over from the GSR model (likely with some software revisions) and the body has been stiffened to maximize the MR's handling.

Subaru is taking a different tack, keeping power upgrades to the STI's turbo'd 2.5-liter boxer to a minimum and instead focusing on weight reduction. The Impreza WRX STI Spec C will get a slightly revised aero kit, with a roof scoop (functional?), standard gold wheels, a lightweight roof, aluminum trunk lid, compact battery, smaller fuel tank and thinner compartment glass all around. All that work is expected to result in a 154-pound drop in weight, so the Spec C will tip the scales at just over 3,000 pounds.

Subaru is also planning to equip the new Legacy with the STI's drivetrain, a revised suspension and slapping on an "S402" badge on the back, along with a sporting interior with more grippy seats. All of this is only for JDM consumption at the moment, but we'd expect to see both the MR and Spec C hit the UK next year, with sales in the U.S. of the MR coming around the same time.

[Source: AutoExpress]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Thats a nice approach Subaru is taking. I wish some other manufacturers would take note. cough*bmw
        • 7 Years Ago
        and we thought the 135 was overpriced.
        M1 for $57000? M1 CSL $65000?
      • 7 Years Ago
      so does the spec-c subaru have air conditioning?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Legacy STi plz.

        • 7 Years Ago
        I know mannn please please. wtf is up with all the stale stuff sold here!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I have been CLAMORING for an S402 Legacy since before I bought a legacy.

        Of COURSE it is only for JDM market, par for Subaru's course.

        Damn. If I had the money, though, I would import the parts, and turn my Legacy into a Tuned By STI, or S402.

        The 08 STI under the skin is FANTASTIC. it is just that the skin is so damn ugly.

        In the Legacy's sexier 4-door form, (not the WRX 4-door abomination) the STI's drivetrain would be FAN-FREAKIN'-TASTIC.

        S4, M3-4, G35-Sport or G35x (since you can't get both), or Lexus IS-F... NAH.

        Legacy S402, HELLS YEAH, and then a motorcycle to boot, for the price difference under some of those other cars.

        Brembos, BBS forged wheels on 5x114.3 hubs, Bilsteins/pink STI springs, STI bracing and anti-roll bars, SI-Drive, 6MT with DCCD, and 305 factory horsepower, just begging for STI stage 2 treatment...

        The only thing better would be a turbocharged H6 under the hood. Perrin and Cobb have built a few prototypes, and get WELL north of 400hp and torque out of those.

        Evo - not my cup of tea.
        STI Spec C - nice for what it is, but not practical, on purpose.

        Legacy S402... almost enough to make me go into debt for it. DAMN.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So with its diet, it still weighs more than the car it replaced? That PROGRESS!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does that "render" look like it was made in MS Paint?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yes, the roof scoop will be functional, thus contuning a long history of functional roof scoops in Subaru's. Like the one found on this page
      • 7 Years Ago
      I world rather have the Lancer Evolution X MR ouut of the two .
      • 7 Years Ago
      its so strange. although america is the most powerful and wealthy nation they're still not offered all that is best in the automotive world. that sucks bad!
      • 7 Years Ago
      How about Mitsubishi actually build a car that can compete with the STi.. that would be nice.. they took a giant leap backwards with the new Evo. It's not as fast, and it doesn't handle as good as the IX.. lame..

      STi is the better car, and will remain so without question with a new Spec-C.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It all depends on where these cars do battle. No doubt the STi has the Evo beat in all the typical contests (0-60, 1/4 mile, slalom and braking... and marginally so in the last two) but when Motor Trend pitted both cars against the clock at Buttonwillow, the Evo X was a full second quicker per lap than the STi. It's a more predictable and competent handling machine on the fly.
          • 7 Years Ago
          Mitsubishi built even better handling into the X then they did the IX. Horespower is cheaper and easier to add to a car then better handling is in the aftermarket. So, IMO, Mitsu has done their job well. I'd much rather do the basic mods to an X and have more power AND a better handling machine then a comparable STI. And look better while doing it.
        • 7 Years Ago
        it feels faster and more planted but it is actually a lot slower

      • 7 Years Ago
      what the heck is compact batter?
      are they baking a tiny cake?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think they mean Phillies' shortstop Jimmy Rollins. He would be considered a compact batter.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Isn't the JDM STi a 2.0L?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm surprised there's no mention of the interior, there's been some experiments with cork, around here, and there's dozens of kilos that can be saved on the seats alone. :/
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