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2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution impressive

Written By ari irawan on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 | 06:25

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution impressive - Car manufacturer Mitsubishi is my favorite car. Car with a design that is sleek and very sporty gave deep impression to people who drive it. Trying to drive a car is an amazing thing.
This car is very fast and has high energy. This car is also frequently used in the manufacture of the Fast and Furious and starring by Paul Walker .
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.

Exterior


The Lancer Evolution has won the beauty pageant versus Subaru for at least the last two generations. As the Subaru STi design went soft and ditched the frameless window design in favor of a high-roof sedan and even a hatchback variant, the Evo stayed hard with crisp surfacing details that barely contain the muscular performance within.

Both the Subaru and the Evo have a menacing presence on the road. Even people with no car passion can tell that there is something special about these economy-car shapes. The lower bumpers, visible intercoolers and hood scoops let other drivers know the score. Fender flares and lurid spoilers are the last things most traffic sees as these two rocketships fly away from slower cars (once the turbo boost hits).

The latest Evo styling takes the crisp lines and high-tech surfacing from the previous Evo, then adds some tasteful racing mods to bury the remaining similarities with the $18,000 Lancer compact.

The Evo X is still clearly a predator among the sheepish standard Lancer sedans, but less obviously than in previous iterations of the model. The new base Lancer s share some of the Evo’s squinting stare with pinched headlamps and a scowling, full-frame grille that makes the Mitsubishi more intimidating than a prize fighter.

From anything but straight on from the front, the Evo is clearly no Lancer. Huge fender flares mean the Evo is 2 inches wider than standard Lancers , while the flat-topped crease above the fender bulge is appealing, premium and stylish. The lower portions of the flares are more rounded to allow a perfect blend of the Evo’s custom aluminum panels onto the standard Lancer shell.

 Exterior Detail

The overall proportions are all about track performance, with a low roof and chopped trunk design out back. The car is very appealing in both GSR and MR trims, with the key exterior difference being the GSR’s huge spoiler versus the MR’s more-subtle lip spoiler on the trunk.

The MR is the more premium model that will attract less unwanted police attention than the huge wing spoiler of the GSR that is like a siren song to the boys in blue. It may as well sing, “C’mon Officer Mike, pull this car over for a road safety lecture… you know you want to.”

The other key difference between the GSR and MR is in the front headlights, where the GSR sticks with the Lancer’s reflector halogen lights. These don’t look nearly as expensive on the road as the MR’s bi-xenon projector beam lamps. Both lack LED lighting up front and a dated appearance to the dark-trimmed clear taillights.
2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution - Exterior Dimensions:
Wheelbase (in.) 104.3
Length (in.) 177
Width (in.) 71.3
Height (in.) 58.3
Track - Front (in.) 60.8
Track - Rear (in.) 60.8
Weight (Pounds) 3527
Weight distribution (% f/r) 56.6/43.4     

Exterior Detail


2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR - Standard Exterior Features:
  • Auto-off reflector-type halogen headlights
  • Black grille with black surround
  • Large rear spoiler
  • Fog lights
  • Aluminum roof, hood and front fenders
  • Functional hood and fender vents
  • Rear diffuser with dual exhaust outlet
  • Clear and black tail lights
  • 18 x 8.5-inch alloy wheels with 245/40R18 Yokohama ADVAN tires
  • GSR Exterior Package ($1500): Side airdams, Rear corner extension, Brake air guides, Rear spoiler extension
2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR - Standard Exterior Features:
  • Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with auto-off function
  • Functional hood and fender vents
  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Fog lights
  • Aluminum hood and front fenders
  • Clear and black tail lights
  • Rear diffuser with dual exhaust outlet
  • 18 x 8.5-inch BBS forged alloy wheels with 245/40R18 Yokohama ADVAN tires
2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR and MR - Optional Exterior Features:
  • Evo Aluminum-trimmed Rally Mud Flaps ($250)
  • Rear Corner Air Dams ($440)
  • Rear Spoiler Extension ($110)
  • Rear Strut Brace ($525)
  • Side Skirts ($900)
  • Front Air Dams ($625)
  • Front Brake Air Guides ($130)
  • Front Strut Brace ($525)
  • Evo Aluminum Intercooler Pipes ($330)
  • Ralliart Wheel Locks and Fluted Lug Nuts ($145)
  • Rear Park Assist Sensors ($295)
  • Side Wind Deflectors ($95)
  • Wheel Locks ($55)

 

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