Experienced drivers, one step forward please!
The Classic Duel between Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX and Subaru Impreza WRX STi, reaches maximum quotas once the new models appeared. While Subaru is still relying on extreme sensations and permanent interaction with the driver, the EVO, without making any compromises in the performance chapter, is friendlier with the one behind the wheel.
Today I choose to change a little the comparison articles, with which topspeed was used to show you. I choose two cars, even dough they are derived from family sedans, they happened to be two of the world’s most precious supercars. I will show you the rivalry between EVO IX and WRX STi, detailing all of the dynamics and technical aspects of each of them.
Design, Performance and other Technicalities
From the designing point of view, the two models evolved quite differently. EVO IX has little details modified from its predecessor the EVO VIII. These changes are almost invisible for the unknowing eye, such as the rims, front bumper , lights and taillights. What is new is the “air speaker” that can be found in the rear bumper and it is quite huge.
On the other hand, Impreza has new lights (xenon lighting is now stock) and taillights. Both cars have 17” rims equipped with Bridgestone tires. Difference is that EVO has 235/45/R17 whilst the STi is using 225/45/R17
The Subaru, just like the Mitsubishi has a minimum of basics and optionals. But what we do find in both of them is automated air condition, electric windows and radio – CD players. And that’s it. What? Where you expecting comfort or something? Buy a Range Rover if that’s what you are searching for. Meanwhile, on to our sheep… The most important gadget that both of the cars have is the central differential feature. In the left of the driving wheel (in the EVO) we can find a little button. The button has ACD written on it – Active Central Differential and by pressing it you can select the drive for 3 different types of surfaces – asphalt, off-road and snow. The STi on the other hand, after switching from auto to manual mode you can choose the percentage of momentum between the two axels. It is a manual fine tuning which will probably be very appreciated by drivers with potential piloting skills, but one which if used irrationally can lead to unpredictable car reactions. In short – if you do now something about it you can use it, if not don’t touch it or you’ll make a bubu :P .
Moving on, both cars use MOMO driving wheels, while only Mitsubishi collaborated with a specialist in using the RECARO racing seats.
As we know , both cars have 4 cylinder supercharged engines with 6-speed manual gearbox. Even tough the power is similar (280Horsepower) , Subaru made its choice by adding a 2,5 liter engine for the new model , while the EVO remained at the usual 2 liter.
I have driven both cars and I can tell you this. Both of them are impressive while dragging a straight line, but also in cornering. A small difference can be slightly seen by a professional eye. In curves that are less then 70 degrees, the Mitsubishi is neutral, whilst the Subaru’s rear has a tendency to slip.
Let’s talk a little bit about the breaks. Both cars are very efficient, only difference between them is probably because of the tires. As stock models, they both have ABS and EBD
In Conclusion both of the cars run. And run. And run a little more. Probably the only performance difference between the two is the fact that EVO has the same power but from an engine which has 450 cubic centimeters less.
If I was to mark the cars the Subaru WRX STi would have a 4,5 out of 5 and the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX a perfect 5.