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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MRI have driven some pretty incredible cars this summer -- the 480 horsepower Nissan GT-R, the 638 hp Corvette ZR1, the 376 hp Dodge Challenger R/T, and the 518 hp Mercedes SL63 AMG (review coming soon), to name a few. In that company, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR, with 291 horsepower and an automatic transmission, sounds pretty tame. And yet the humble (relatively speaking) Evo has cemented a place as one of my all-time favorite cars. Find out more about the Evolution and why I loved it in my 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution test drive and review. (And, as usual, I've added a whole bunch of photos to my 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution photo gallery.) -- Aaron Gold

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September 4, 2008 at 9:17 am
(1) J Kyle says:

I’m still curious why you’re the one person on the planet who finds the STi handling scary (and always has.) It is different, partly because it’s set up to do well on all surfaces, not just tarmac. (Any mags that have done comparisons on slippery surfaces have quickly found the Sube’s superior AWD system to put it easily in the lead.) But scary?

So, let’s recap… inferior Mitsubishi reliability… inferior Mitsubishi dealers… overly-stressed engine… small trunk instead of big hatchback… worse mileage… automatic or 5-speed instead of 6-speed… higher price tag… worse interior… versus the advantages of better seats and tighter steering?

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dislike Evos and keep a 1/43 Tommi Makinen Evo 6.5 on my desk next to my 1/43 Richard Burns STi, but when it comes to actually BUYING one as a car you’ll drive every day… there’s just no comparison.

What’s surprising is that no one else seems to play in the rally/turbo-AWD-compact car field. There’s certainly room for more… It would be especially interesting to see Suzuki do a bargain-basement street version of their SX4 rally car.

September 4, 2008 at 1:09 pm
(2) Aaron Gold - Cars Guide says:

All I can say is, I ran ‘em up and down the same roads. STI = scary. Evo = your friend. :)


September 4, 2008 at 3:11 pm
(3) J Kyle says:

Spoken like a guy who’s moved from snowy upstate NY to sunny southern CA. Try driving on something other than reasonably smooth pavement. :)

September 5, 2008 at 10:59 pm
(4) Chris says:

Hell, just buy a Mazdaspeed3 and save 10-12 grand. I have a Subaru (wife) and it sucks. I hate that car. Been in the shop at least 5 times and needs to go back again for electrical mishaps. (5 headlights in just over a year, radio goes nuts, interior lights dim, etc) If I could afford one of the “big two”, I’d get a Mitsubishi. Just phenomenal handling and great looks. The Subaru looks like an unfinished car. I liked the old Sti and WRX a lot more.

September 6, 2008 at 3:11 pm
(5) IGB says:

This car impressed the heck out of me too.

I wanted the new Challenger based on looks alone. No manual was a deal breaker for me and coming from a previous SRT8, weight was also an issue.

I cross shopped the 135i with the Evo X GSR. I have never driven anything so purposeful, intuitive, and QUICK as the X. The bimmer was nice but the X was phenomenal.

I’ve got just over 1000 miles on it now and my daily commute is the best part of my workday.

Thanks for the great review. My sentiments exactly.

September 7, 2008 at 6:32 pm
(6) Bryan W says:

What is with the exterior styling? Did they put ANY though into it at all? It looks like they spend $100 million developing a phenomenal performance car, then raid the ocean’s floor for scrap plastic they can glue to it on the outside.

Compare this to the new WRX STi. One of the most spectacular automobiles I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Anyone who laughs at this car’s looks has obviously never seen it in person. Photos just do not do it justice.

I don’t get what Mitsu is trying to do with this EVO’s styling. I’ve seen a few of these around, and when you see them approach from behind, watch them next to you, then watch them from the rear, it looks like a floating plastic box. You have no idea that you’re looking at a world-class performance car, or a Mitsubishi, or a Lancer….or much of anything. Even the new Avenger (snigger, snigger) is more visually appealing than this thing.

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