Mitsubishi's in-house tuner, the Lancer Evolution is the delightful result of dropping high-performance mechanicals into the comparatively meek compact Lancer sedan. Like its many fans, the Evolution focuses on speed and handling above anything else a car can offer.
What's New for 2015
The GSR model is now available with a Premium package.
Choosing Your Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
The Evo, as it's known on the street, gets its power from a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes an impressive 291 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. The engineers certainly deserve kudos for extracting that much thrust out of a mere 2 liters. The Evo makes it from zero to 60 mph in about 4.9 seconds. All-wheel drive comes standard, and you have a choice of a five-speed manual transmission or six-speed automated manual with paddle shifters, dubbed Sportronic. The aggressive suspension setup has a no-nonsense firmness to it that enthusiasts will love, even though others may find it too harsh. The payoff is remarkable handling that's fit for a racetrack.
The Evo is available in two trim levels:
Both models are available with appearance packages for the interior, exterior and engine compartment. The only major standalone options are rear parking sensors and a navigation system with real-time traffic and 3D mapping.
With its automated manual transmission and slightly softer suspension, the MR is the clear choice if you need a car you can live with everyday. The GSR is for the hardcore racers among us and delivers exactly what that group expects.