What to know earlier than shopping for a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

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When Mitsubishi launched the Evo X in 2007, it was phenomenally unhealthy timing: The automotive market principally collapsed six months later, and fuel costs skyrocketed. The brand new automotive was an enormous enchancment over the earlier model, but it surely was heavier and bigger.

It additionally lacked a few of the uncooked sense of urgency that earlier Evos had. The 2008 automotive bought so poorly, there was no 2009 mannequin yr. After that the automotive modified little or no from 2010 to 2015, so store extra on situation than yr.

Mitsubishi principally supplied two variations of the Evo. The Evo MR was outfitted solely with the six-speed, twin-clutch transmission, Enkei solid wheels, and a extra subtle Bilstein suspension. The Evo GSR had a traditional– and really robust–handbook transmission. Each shared the identical Brembo braking system, athough the MR had two-piece rotors. The MR is quicker in inventory and maybe a more sensible choice for a every day driver, however the GSR is the pure alternative for a hotrodder.

True to its humble origins as a four-door economic system automotive, many elements of the Evo’s inside will not be of the very best high quality. Rattles, squeaks and damaged clips are widespread, however fortuitously simply repaired. The manufacturing unit Recaro seats are wonderful, however not everybody can slot in them.

The Evo is heavy, highly effective and quick. It devours tires like few different automobiles–be ready to purchase a set not less than yearly or 10,000 miles, relying on how exhausting you drive. Don’t be tempted to low-cost out, both–the Evo likes sticky tires.

Regardless of what you could have heard, the Evo X has a stellar repute for reliability. The inventory aluminum 4B11T engine can simply deal with 400-plus horsepower with a larger-than-stock turbo and respectable tune. Non-modified automobiles will soldier on nicely previous 100,000 miles with solely minimal upkeep–and many new tires.

Talking of modifications, if there’s one factor that may wreck an Evo X, it’s poor modifications. Usually talking, cross on any automotive that has been modified until the store or person who did the work and the motive force. Even then we’d in all probability cross–the chance is just too nice that one thing was finished incorrectly or the automotive was beat on.

The Energetic Yaw Management pump–it additionally offers stress for the lively middle differential–is thought to be a weak spot on automobiles which have been pushed on salted roads, however Mitsubishi prolonged the guarantee for this half to 10 years or 100,000 miles. Substitute pumps and rebuild kits can be found for DIYers.

Fastidiously look at all panels for straight gaps. It’s good recommendation on any automotive, however all of the extra essential for one that pulls the type of drivers that need an Evo. The paint on the aluminum hood chips simply and shouldn’t be a concern.

In case you can’t resist the urge to tinker, the 4B11T responds nicely to modifications. A cat-back exhaust will decide up a little bit of energy and make the automotive sound higher–a inventory Evo has a reasonably innocuous exhaust word. An ECU reflash with the inventory turbo and gasoline system will take you as much as, and considerably previous, 300 horsepower on the wheels.

Huge energy–350-plus–requires a larger-than-stock turbo, bigger injectors and maybe some totally different intercooler piping to remove the inventory restrictions. Many tuners arrange their automobiles for E85, which requires a lot bigger injectors and pump, however the payoff is in larger energy and a extra forgiving tune.

The inventory suspension is about nearly as good because it will get for a highway automotive, however once more, if you happen to can’t resist the urge to tinker, the manufacturing unit GSR struts are a bit under-damped for prime velocity monitor utilization. The inventory MR Bilsteins are wonderful, and Bilstein will even re-valve and rebuild as wanted for put on, or to accommodate totally different springs. In case you choose a automotive that rotates extra readily, the inventory entrance sway bar could be supplemented by a bigger rear one.

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