While chatting with the Mitsubishi PR people at an event last month, I mentioned that I absolutely loved the 2008 Lancer Evolution MR I reviewed, and I regretted the fact that I never got to drive the Evo GSR, the less-expensive, harder-riding, manual-transmission-equipped Evo. The 2008 GSRs had already been pulled from the press fleet, they told me, but they did have one GSR lurking around their headquarters -- the Old Gray Mare, they called her -- and I was welcome to spend a week with it if I wanted. The Evo is one of my favorite cars, so no way was I going to pass this up!
Last week I went to pick up the Old Gray Mare, and she certainly lived up to her name, with 11,000 miles on the clock (geriatric by press-car standards) and an interior that seemed to smell faintly of the perspiration she had elicited from countless drivers. But as I pulled out of Mitsi's headquarters and on to Katella Avenue, the car made it clear that the "ain't what she used to be" part of the song didn't apply. I spent the last few days putting the OGM through her paces. So how does the cut-rate Lancer Evolution stand up? Find out in my 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR test drive. -- Aaron Gold
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