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2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution - Driven

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  • Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution - Driven
  • Year:
    2014
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    5-Speed Manual (6-Speed Auto Opt.)
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    291 @ 6500
  • MPG(Cty):
    17
  • MPG(Hwy):
    23
  • Torque @ RPM:
    300 @ 4000
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.9 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    146 mph
  • Layout:
    Front Engine, All-Wheel Drive
  • Price:
    35000
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Updated 10/17/2013: This review has been updated with video reviews of the GSR version, and a memory-card full of high-resolution photos of this Cosmic Blue stunner.

Since spending a week with Mitsubishi’s gorgeous 2014 Lancer Evo GSR, I came to appreciate many things that make this such an incredible lap attack car, but also a great daily driver with incredible torque.

The legendary Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution returns for 2014 with a new touchscreen infotainment unit to enhance the interior of one of the finest road-going rally race cars ever produced. The Evo’s flypaper grip on tarmac, snow and gravel continues with two trim levels and sprint times that are as low as 4.5 seconds to 60 mph.

The Mitsu’s competitive landscape has changed significantly since this Evo X generation arrived more than four years ago. It largely demolishes the current-gen the Subaru WRX STi on all but the roughest gravel roads, but this comes with a higher-than-expected cost.

With prices creeping past the $40,000 mark on well-optioned 2014 Evolution MR models, the modest Lancer variant now faces competition from the more-powerful BMW 135i and upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG. These Germans are each packing well over 325 horsepower and are able to match the Evo’s turbocharged punch with much-more-refined image and interior comfort levels.

While it is true that prices can climb to the luxury level in MR trim with options, the most accessible Evo remains the $35,000 GSR model with a five-speed manual and fewer pricey party tricks in the suspension and transmission. All Evo’s, of course, leverage the brilliant computer-managed AWD system with its crushingly effective yaw control and active torque vectoring.

The Evolution’s cult audience is thrilled to have this 10th gen car available for another year. More time on the market also means a huge pool of aftermarket support and even factory accessories like front and rear strut braces, a front air dam and full racing body kits – right from the local Mitsubishi dealer.

Are the Evo’s world-beating capabilities still intact and on top in one of its final years on the market? Will this generation be known as one of the best when the long-rumored hybrid powertrain brings changes to the Evo’s driving style in 2015 or 2016?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, with detailed comparisons between the Evo GSR manual and the Evo MR twin-clutch models.

 

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Mitsubishi Has all But Comfirmed that it Will Slander the EVO Name by Plastering it on an SUV

Mitsubishi Has all But Comfirmed that it Will Slander the EVO Name by Plastering it on an SUV

Oh, God. Please, no!

You might want to sit down for this, especially if you’re a card-carrying member of the Mitsubishi Evolution fan club. A high-ranking Mitsubishi executive really spoke out on the possibility of bringing the iconic nameplate back in the future. He didn’t exactly specify how the Japanese automaker plans to do it, but if it did, there’s a possibility that it wouldn’t return in the state that earned it a place in the annals of automotive history as one of the most iconic rally-bred, performance cars in the world. Instead — this is the part where you really have to sit down — the Evo name could return and be used on an SUV. Gulp.

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Mitsubishi Evo X Does Quarter Mile In 8.48 Seconds, Sets Record, Melts Face: Video

Mitsubishi Evo X Does Quarter Mile In 8.48 Seconds, Sets Record, Melts Face: Video

This AWD strip killer means business

Enthusiasts the world over shed a tear when Mitsu killed off the rally-bred Lancer Evolution last year. After 10 generations and nearly a quarter century of bringing high-tech speed to the masses, you could say we were growing rather fond of the Japanese imports. Thankfully, even with production now ended, Evo owners are still pushing the limits of what’s possible with the platform. The latest evidence of this comes from Texas and the TX2K17 drag racing event, where one Evo X managed to set a new world record by doing the quarter mile in an astonishing 8.48 seconds at 164 mph.

Documentation of the new record comes courtesy of 1320 Video, which put together this superb three-and-a-half minute bit of evidence, complete with tons of runs, lots of hard launches, and plenty of pleasing noises. The video starts with rollouts, which offer good prep for the later, more serious runs. The video then follows the Evo’s progress towards quicker and quicker ETs, ending with the record-setting 8.48. Watching this thing scoot down the strip is pretty awesome, especially when you consider the pilot is working a five-speed manual, rather than a sequential shifter. We can’t wait to see where it goes next.

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Report: A Hybrid SUV will Replace the Mitsubishi Evo X in Spirit

Report: A Hybrid SUV will Replace the Mitsubishi Evo X in Spirit

It is far from a secret that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X is dead. The legendary rally machine is just barely hanging onto life as Mitsubishi positions itself as a crafter of hybrid and electric vehicles. Despite the Evo X’s death, the world always assumed that an Evo XI would appear at some point in the future. Sadly, it seems that is not the case. Autocar snagged some interview time with Mitsubishi’s product manager, Kanenori Okamoto, and he confirmed that there are no plans to revive the Evo. Rather, if we get anything it will be a high-performance SUV. “It will not exist as we know it,” Okamoto said. “It will be replaced in spirit by an SUV with high performance.”

This sounds like a crushing blow to fans of the brand, but it seems that there may be some method to Mitsubishi’s madness. While there has been no decision on what platform the new car could be based on, it will use some technology and knowledge that Mitsu gained form MiEV Evolution Pikes Peak racer. It will also use the latest version of the Evo’s S-AWC AWD system.

With all that tech underneath it, the new super-SUV could be quite an entertaining drive. I can almost see it lining up against a machine like the Bowler Wildcat. To be honest, Mitsubishi hasn’t been very relevant in the rally circuit for more than a decade, but maybe this new machine can see them tackle races like Baja and Dakar. That would by quite an impressive feat.

Keep it locked here to get more details on whatever crazy scheme Mitsubishi may be hatching. We will be sure to drop the news as soon as we get it.

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Mitsubishi Ending the Lancer Evo's Production With a "Special Action Model"

Mitsubishi Ending the Lancer Evo’s Production With a "Special Action Model"

Things are looking rather grim for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, as the automaker says 2015 will be the Evo’s last year in production. Though it is sad to see it go, Mitsubishi is giving the cult-classic rally car a proper send-off, though, with extra horsepower and other performance goodies bundled in a ‘Super Action Model.’

A report from Automotive News says the Evo MR trim will bite the dust in December, followed by the GSR further into 2015. Mitsubishi will also stop carrying the Recaro racing seats, but there’s no word on when exactly that will happen. It’s said that between 2,000 and 2,500 Evos are scheduled for production for the 2015 model year.

Things aren’t all bad new for Evo fans. Mitsubishi is adding a few features to the car for its last year, including a new Premium Package that comes with HID headlights, a Rockford Fosgate sound system, the FAST-key entry system, heated leather seats, sunroof, a new gloss-black front console box, and extra sound deadening. The MR Model is getting that same sound system and keyless entry package, along with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, automatic windshield wipers, automatic headlights, the gloss-black center console, and a few exterior color-keyed pieces. All Evos get revised side mirrors with integrated turn signals.

The Lancer Evolution’s death makes way for a redesigned Lancer sedan for the 2016 model year. It is possible the rally-ready Evolution trim could make a comeback, but Mitsu is remaining mum on the topic.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

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2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution - Driven

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution - Driven

Updated 10/17/2013: This review has been updated with video reviews of the GSR version, and a memory-card full of high-resolution photos of this Cosmic Blue stunner.

Since spending a week with Mitsubishi’s gorgeous 2014 Lancer Evo GSR, I came to appreciate many things that make this such an incredible lap attack car, but also a great daily driver with incredible torque.

The legendary Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution returns for 2014 with a new touchscreen infotainment unit to enhance the interior of one of the finest road-going rally race cars ever produced. The Evo’s flypaper grip on tarmac, snow and gravel continues with two trim levels and sprint times that are as low as 4.5 seconds to 60 mph.

The Mitsu’s competitive landscape has changed significantly since this Evo X generation arrived more than four years ago. It largely demolishes the current-gen the Subaru WRX STi on all but the roughest gravel roads, but this comes with a higher-than-expected cost.

With prices creeping past the $40,000 mark on well-optioned 2014 Evolution MR models, the modest Lancer variant now faces competition from the more-powerful BMW 135i and upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG. These Germans are each packing well over 325 horsepower and are able to match the Evo’s turbocharged punch with much-more-refined image and interior comfort levels.

While it is true that prices can climb to the luxury level in MR trim with options, the most accessible Evo remains the $35,000 GSR model with a five-speed manual and fewer pricey party tricks in the suspension and transmission. All Evo’s, of course, leverage the brilliant computer-managed AWD system with its crushingly effective yaw control and active torque vectoring.

The Evolution’s cult audience is thrilled to have this 10th gen car available for another year. More time on the market also means a huge pool of aftermarket support and even factory accessories like front and rear strut braces, a front air dam and full racing body kits – right from the local Mitsubishi dealer.

Are the Evo’s world-beating capabilities still intact and on top in one of its final years on the market? Will this generation be known as one of the best when the long-rumored hybrid powertrain brings changes to the Evo’s driving style in 2015 or 2016?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, with detailed comparisons between the Evo GSR manual and the Evo MR twin-clutch models.

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2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR - First-Drive Video

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR - First-Drive Video

One really cool thing about TopSpeed right now is that we are getting better. Fast.

The TopSpeed auto news and games portal is in ’Dynamic’ mode - as on the best track cars - with traction and stability control buttons each pushed until everything is disabled.

More access to news and cars means far better reviews to read with better photos, so we are working hard to up our game to the highest levels of automotive news.
On the journey of driving supercars for the first time, the stumbling blocks are many to achieve really good, informative and entertaining car content.

Something really surprising is how much one’s opinion of a press loaner car changes from day one of the loan to day seven. No, we do not get one-year loaners to complain about in print (yet!).

Even so, the real quality of many high-performance machines is hard to grasp at first sitting. It takes time to appreciate their quirks.

This video review format previews some of the awesome TopSpeed Driven reviews that are coming in the next few weeks.

Adding all the specs takes time, but why should YouTube people be the only ones to see us miss gears, bomb around corners and floor throttles on the world’s hottest new cars?

The first segment is based on a car that many readers adore, the 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR.

The goal here is to make the coolest and best car news that is always fresh and fun to read. We always read the comments, so rant away if TopSpeed seems to be changing too much. A Facebook Like is a vote in the right direction, so let us know!

Until then, enjoy the above clip of my first-ever drive in the Evo X GSR that is out front of the TopSpeed Garage this week.

For more information on the 2014 Evo, sprint over to the full review comparing the Evo GSR manual with its TC-SST brother, the Evo MR here.

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2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR

2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR

The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR is a sports car masquerading as a four-door sedan that was born out of the world of rally racing. The Evo still hangs onto its rally-racing roots while also being comfortable enough to use as a daily driver. The all-wheel drive GSR only gets better when the roads get slick as it is able to keep traction long after others would have spun out of control.

The 2013 model year will mark the end of an era for the Evolution, with it being the last in the line to use a traditional gas-powered turbocharged engine. That fairly thirsty little motor will be replaced by a hybrid or possibly all electric system.

The Evo is one of those dream cars that young men craved for years, thanks to its appearance in numerous car-racing games, but for a long time you couldn’t get one in the U.S. Fortunately, Mitsubishi eventually brought it into the U.S. and the dream car became a reality.

The GSR does lack some of the refinement of its more expensive rivals, but is still a great raw performance car.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR.

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2013 Mitsubishi 311RS Evo X

2013 Mitsubishi 311RS Evo X

By and large, Mitsubishi isn’t the first automaker you think of when you’re thinking of a high-powered sports car. But they do have one model that’s almost always in the discussion: the Lancer Evolution.

Now on its 10th iteration - or "X," as the Japanese automaker prefers to call it - the Evo has always been one of the most popular models in Mitsubishi’s lineup, so much so that circuit racer, Ryan Gates, decided to build an ultra-limited edition model of the Evo X.

He calls it the 311RS and it has a load of aftermarket goodies in it, something Evo X fans will come to appreciate.

Gates only has 11 models of the 311RS at his disposal with one already headed to the White Bear Mitsubishi dealership in White Bear Lake, MN. Should you be interested in taking a good look at the car, you can also go to the 2013 Minneapolis Auto Show where the car will be prominently displayed.

Find out more about the Mitsubishi 311RS Evo X after the jump

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Close Call in a Polish Rally may just be the Save of the Year for 2012

Close Call in a Polish Rally may just be the Save of the Year for 2012

Almost on a daily basis, we express our complete obsession with rally racing, as their drivers have to have ice in their veins to even consider whipping a car around these often treacherous tracks at triple-digit speeds. With this incredible speed and loose surfaces come some of the most incredible wrecks, but also some of the most incredible saves.

The above video comes to us from a Polish rally and from the date stamp on the video, it occurred on the August 11th. The driver of this Mitsubishi Evo came into a wet turn just a little too hot and went over the embankment at the end of the turn. Suddenly the car ends up on two wheels, but somehow it winds up back on the road and heads in a straight path.

Typically, when a racecar hits two wheels, an inexperienced driver simply plays damage control. He prepares for impact and hangs on. This driver is obviously rather seasoned, as he maintains control, doesn’t panic, and acts as if nothing happened once the car is back on all fours. This definitely qualifies as an entrant into the Save of the Year running for 2012.

Check out the video for yourself. There is one video above and two more after the jump. It’s rather impressive, but pretty loud, so you may want to adjust the volume on your speakers a little.

Click past the jump to see the two alternate views.

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Video: The Wrecks of the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Video: The Wrecks of the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Pikes Peak is the home of the dramatic wreck, thanks to its 156 twists and turns over a 12-mile-long mountain course. Thanks to Paul Dallenbach, we got a really cool first-hand account of one of the two most dramatic wrecks of this year’s run. Fortunately, he is doing well and seems ready to hop back in the driver’s seat.

By far the most dramatic wreck, but only because we get to see the entire thing unfold, is the one that Jeremy Foley and his co-driver endured. As his Lancer Evolution was heading toward an area very appropriately named “Devil’s Playground,” Jeremy lost control of his Evo and went straight over the hill, rolling about 10 times – by our count – before finally coming to a smoking rest. The two had Dallenbach-like luck, as neither broke any bones, according to reports, but the co-driver is suffering from a sore shoulder. Check out the dramatic video above.

Click past the jump to see additional footage of other wrecks from the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

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2013 Mitsubishi Mirage Evolution

It looks as if the Evolution lineup in Mitsubishi may be getting bigger, but not too much bigger. Rumor has it that the struggling Japanese automaker is currently working on developing an Evolution trim level for its incoming hatchback, the Mitsubishi Mirage.

Details are still pretty thin on this potential model, buy Japanese magazine, Best Car, is all but certain that the model is underway and it will join the Mirage lineup shortly after its 2013 release. Seeing a subcompact hatchback like this bearing the “EVO” badge may seem a little strange, given the fact that the original Lancer Evolution has always been a four-door sedan with monstrous performance numbers.

This version of the EVO will not quite have the power numbers of the Lancer EVO, but it will be extremely powerful, given its puny specifications. Under the hood, we all expect to see a 1.5-liter three-banger engine that pumps out a respectful 150 horsepower, thanks to the help of a turbocharger. Where this new Evolution will make up ground is in the diet that Mitsubishi has this hatchback on. When it is all said and done, it is expected that Mitsubishi will have the Mirage weighing less than 2,000 lbs, giving it around a 12.5 pounds-per-horsepower rating, which is very respectable for its class.

Other than those few bits of information, everyone’s lips are pretty well sealed on the possible Mirage Evolution. We will continue to monitor the rumor mills for you and keep you up to date on all of the latest rumors and leaks, as we keep our fingers crossed for this performance subcompact hatchback.

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2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X by Vilner and OverDrive

2011 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X by Vilner and OverDrive

Back in the 90’s, Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution high-performance program was one of the most popular things to come out of Japan. Those days sure were fun for Mitsubishi.

Unfortunately, the Evolution program doesn’t hold the same cache as it used to, but nevertheless, it still carries a lot of weight as far as performance cars are concerned.

Bulgarian tuning firm, Vilner, is determined to bring the Lancer EVO X back to prominence with interior upgrades and even brought in one of its contemporaries, Overdrive, to take care of the exterior and performance improvements.

Inside the Lancer EVO X, Vilner decked it out with a black leather upholstery to go along with white colored accents and stitching. The roof lining has been outfitted with black Alcantara while the steering wheel and gear lever were treated with carbon trim. Rounding out Vilner’s work is a pair of OMP front bucket seats with a piano black decorative trim. Outside, Vilner also put in new LED lights on the car’s headlamps and taillights, replacing the standard lights the car comes in.

Meanwhile, the Lancer EVO X’s exterior was treated with carbon elements to go along with a Greddy exhaust system, an adjustable K-sport suspension, and a set of 18” Weds Sports alloy wheels. Under the hood, Overdrive also gave the car a power kit that spikes the output of the car’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine all the way up to 400 horsepower.

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2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution XI

2013 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution XI

In 2013, Mitsubishi have revealed that they will be producing the next Evo. It will take design cues from the PX-MIEV concept. It is also rumoured that the drivetrain will be a hybrid. If it does, it may have a 0-100km/h of 4.5 seconds from the 2.0 litre MIVEC petrol engine. The electric engine will power the front wheels.

As the sketch goes this will be a speedy Evo, but with an added twist. The electric engine also gives the Evo XI a EV mode, giving it low CO2 emissions and a better fuel consumption. But it produces 63hp, matched with the 320hp from the petrol, equals to 350bhp of pure speed.

Handling improvements will be made, with the additions of new tecnology, developed too late for the Evo X, there Active Steering and Roll Control Suspension.

This will change the Evo world and show the Impreza who’s boss.

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Video: Mitsubishi EVO falls off dyno block during testing

Video: Mitsubishi EVO falls off dyno block during testing

We’re definitely hoping and praying that this isn’t going to be the start of a new trend, but we find it oddly unsettling to see two accidents on the dyno block in a span of just a few days.

We just recently caught hold of a video involving a Ford Mustang Shelby catching fire while in the middle of a dyno test and now we found yet another video of a car – a Mitsubishi Evo – having its own bad day on the dyno block.

The video starts about as normal as any dyno video we’ve seen in the past with students from Mech-Tech college in Ponce, Puerto Rico dyno testing the Evolution VII. But towards the end, the Evo begins to tug violently on its restraint before completely going out of control and falling off the dyno during it’s test run.

Fortunately, nobody got hurt from the accident, including the driver inside the car who may have escalated the accident by stepping on the brakes when the car began to fall off the dyno. Here’s to hoping that we don’t see any more of these accidents on the dyno anytime soon.

And speaking of hoping, we all hope that everybody involved in this accident has the right insurance to take care of it.

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The Battle Of The Japanese Rally Cars: 2010 Subaru WRX STI vs. 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

The Battle Of The Japanese Rally Cars: 2010 Subaru WRX STI vs. 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

A civil war has erupted in the automotive world and it’s all thanks to the Japanese. This has nothing to do with baseball, sumo wrestling, or the World Cup. It doesn’t even have anything to do with Honda and Toyota, the two biggest car companies in the Asian country. This is a battle of the younger persons car; two rally machines that have been fighting for years.

In the left corner we have one of the most prolific rally cars of all time, the 2010 Subaru WRX STI. Not quite sure what all those letters stand for but it’s bound to be something with speed or rally in it. The STI has been refreshed time and time again and it has always lagged behind the Mitsubishi in terms of sales and track performance. Yet, that hasn’t stopped them from releasing this new version and making it that much better.

In the right corner we have the 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X and you guessed it, this is the tenth version. The Lancer Evolution is a definite boy’s toy. It’s hard on the blacktop, dull and boring inside, but all that doesn’t mean anything. It’s this cars rally heritage that makes it so good where it matters.

So, which Japanese rally car takes the champagne and which will win in TopSpeed’s epic battle, the STI or the EVO?

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Mitsubishi AMS Drag EVO breaks speed record then catches fire

We haven’t heard a whole lot from Mitsubishi these days so imagine how excited we were when we found out that a Mitsubishi AMS Drag EVO VIII caught everyone’s attention at The Texas Mile after it broke the world record for a standing mile on a four cylinder with a top speed of 228 miles per hour.

While the record itself was an achievement in its own right, it still got overshadowed by the events that transpired as soon as the car crossed the timing traps. Watch this video and you’ll notice at around the 1:22 mark that smoke starts coming out of the car only as a small preview to the flames that literally start coming out from under the hood. Driver Eric Jones vainly tried to activate the fire suppression system, but when he realized that it would be for naught, decided on a better course of action by jumping out of the car.

Overall, the AMS team had quite an eventful time at The Texas Mile and if it wasn’t for the Evo-catching-fire-after-breaking-world-record episode, the boys from AMS would have had a weekend to remember. Although, I think it was a weekend to remember anyway.

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Video: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution commercial from Australia

Video: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution commercial from Australia

The great thing about YouTube is you that can scour its site for a few minutes and find auto commercials from other countries that you wouldn’t be able to find simply by flipping through the channels on your local cable network. While there may be times where different languages prevent us from fully-comprehending these ads, the sheer satisfaction that comes with watching them is sure worth it, even if we don’t understand them sometimes.

Thankfully, this particular Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution commercial from Australia is dialogue free so we can enjoy it for what it is: a visceral treat that promotes the Mitsubishi Evolution as capable of defying the laws of physics. Give it a look and tell us that you weren’t floored by this visual masterpiece.

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Video: Top Gear Skater vs Mitsubishi Evolution

Video: Top Gear Skater vs Mitsubishi Evolution

The BBC’s Top Gear is known for coming up with some very out there tests to put cars though, except none have been as insane as this. In another test pitting man against machine, the boys from Britain are putting a rally prepped Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII against a world championship downhill freestyle skater. Now the 16 year old’s plank of wood is a purpose built off road racing vehicle complete with a suspension and large knobby off road tires. You would think that it would be no problem for the the Evo being driven by Ben Collins, but it’s true that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, and the former Stig’s Lancer is having a bit of a hard time getting around the moguls on the green downhill race course. However Richard Hammond has something that might solve that problem in the form of a Paris Dakar racer, the Bowler Wildcat.

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Video: Mitsubishi Evo X FQ400 vs Nissan GT-R

Video: Mitsubishi Evo X FQ400 vs Nissan GT-R

Two of the most f’ing quick vehicles in the world have been put face to face in a no holds barred competition. In one corner we have the factory tuned U.K. special, the Mitsubishi Evo X FQ400 and in the other, the Nissan GT-R. The Mitsubishi can srint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3.8 seconds thanks to the modified 4B11’s 403 HP and 387 lb-ft of torque; while the GT-R has the benefit of an additional turbocharger and two extra plasma lined cylinders that make 473 HP and 433 lb-ft of thrust. So who ended up on top? Sorry, you’ll just have to watch the video to find out!

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Classic Tuning: 400 HP Mitsubishi EVO II RS

Classic Tuning: 400 HP Mitsubishi EVO II RS

Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution story has a long heritage, currently being in its tenth rendition it is easy to forget about the cars that came before, because without turbo all wheel drive rally rockets like this Evolution II RS we wouldn’t have the 300 HP EVO X of today. Made between January of 1994 and August of 1995, Mitsubishi released what would become the first in a long line of reworked Evos with a set of wider tires and some tweaks to the suspension. The cars were still understated, but with that face full of front mount filling in the front bumper you know that there is something special about an Evo.

This particular EVO II wears a pair of smooth GSR bumpers and a set of fine looking Enkei NT-03 wheels measuring 17 inches in diameter and wheel gap is eliminated thanks to the fully adjustable TEIN coil overs. Under the hood is where the magic happens when it comes to these cars. The trusty old iron block 4G63 2.0 liter four banger has been upgraded with quality upgrades like a reinforced rotating assembly, balanced bottom end, ported head with a 3 angle valve job and exotic materials like titanium retainers. The has been stuffed with high end names from Japan like JUN and HKS.

The snail is a Garrett GT35/40 turbocharger that offers big power without too much lag. The hot air is made combustible thanks to a set of 880 cc injectors being controlled by a Link EMS. When tuned correctly, the car is capable of putting out 400 HP, quite a jump from the original 250 HP. The Evo II has ran a bet quarter mile time of 11.02 seconds at 126 MPH running on a set of 15 inch Dunlop semi slicks. The interior of this serious a machine is kept simple and is purpuse built with a pair of Recaro race buckets and a few necessary instruments to keep things from going into the red.

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Ten sexy cars to turn men's heads

Ten sexy cars to turn men’s heads

Ladies you know when you go for a walk and you see that sexy man in an even sexy car? And if he is driving a red Ferrari there is no way you can avoid bumping that pit that came across you (God knows who put it there!) But what do you need to drive to have your revenge?

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Japanese Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X brochure

Japanese Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X brochure

A scanned brochure fo the new Mistubishi Evolution X leaked on the web. If anyone can help translate the Japanese ’text’, you are more then welcome. With 5 pages dedicated to technical presentations, no doubt the new Evo will come packed with all the gizmos needed to beat your local racetrack.

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 Mitsubishi Evolution X Spy Shots at Willow Springs

Mitsubishi Evolution X Spy Shots at Willow Springs

The New Evo X with its cult following is going to have enthusiasts going crazy. Check out the new Mitsubishi Evolution X as it is caught in spy testing by spy photographers from Edmunds.com. The scene is the Willow Roads racecourse in Willow Springs. The only thing more exciting than this would be seeing the new Evolution put up against the new Subaru Impreza WRX Sti. Where do you sign up to get a job as a spy car tester? Seems like too much (...)

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