Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X SST 2.0 MIVEC Turbo GSR - Premium Package Review
The Revolution of the Evolution

Story by Jarvis Seo, pictures by Azfar Hashim
24 Apr 2008
 

The new incarnation of the venerable Lancer Evolution series has finally arrived on our shores in the form of the Lancer Evolution X. But before you roll up your eyes thinking that this new Evolution is merely another of the brand's engineering department upgrading exercises, Mitsubishi wants you to know that this car is unlike any of the previous Evolutions that they have developed… 

If looks could kill...

And they are right...The new Evolution sports a new chassis, new engine, new exterior and interior design, a new Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) vehicle dynamics control system, revamped front and rear suspension and even a new manual transmission that shifts automatically (Twin Clutch Sport Shift Transmission).

With that, Mitsubishi hopes that this tenth incarnation of the venerable Evolution series will usher in a new era of 4WD driving experience for the driver.

But how exactly does it rate?

When Mitsubishi showcased their Concept-X in 2005, followed by the Prototype-X in 2007, rave reviews over the new design language convinced Mitsubishi that they've gotten the styling right. However, when the new Evolution X was finally revealed, we felt that the production car design was a little bit of a disappointment - all due to the car sporting longer front overhangs which gave the car a slightly nose-heavy look.

That aside, the new Lancer Evolution X IS ready to kill with its looks alone.

The inverted-slant nose and trapezoidal grille is the highlight of the design of the new Evolution. Combined with a pair of downwards slanting headlights, the car gives an uncanny resemblance to that of a menacing and hungry-looking shark, waiting to devour any lesser beings on the road.

Moving along the sides of the car, the Evolution X carries bulging fenders on all four corners to make the car feel more Arnold Schwarzenegger than Forrest Gump. The signature “racer-boy” wing of the old has been replaced by a subtler, more angular wing that still cuts across your rear vision. This new wing sits on the boot identical to that of the Lancer EX, with the exception of a rear diffuser that wraps around the bottom of the car to increase aerodynamic efficiency.


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1998cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 9:1
Bore x Stroke (86 x 86)mm
Power 280bhp @ 6500rpm
Torque 422Nm @ 3500rpm
Power to Weight 184.2 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 180 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 9.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed SST
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4495 x 1810 x 1480) mm
Wheelbase 2650 mm
Turning Circle 5.9 metres
Kerb Weight 1520 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 55 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs