For-Evo Fever

story by Cheryl Tay, pictures by M.H Sim
21 Feb 2008
 

After months of anticipation by fans of Mitsubishi's Evolution series, Cycle & Carriage finally releases the Evo X to the public at a mega event at the Kallang Stadium. The event, called "Evo-ism" brought together fans from all over Singapore who came for only two things - the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X in the flesh, and a special demonstration by Group N Rally driver Katsuhiko Taguchi. Oh, and the race queens too!

It was nearly impossible not to know about the official launch of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X. Aggressive advertising through the various media channels made it hard not to be aware of the party. Open to public, the all-new Evo X was finally launched on a Saturday evening at the East Entrance of the National Stadium, with hosts Class 95 deejays Glenn Ong and Jean Danker.

The car was nothing new as dailies and magazines have done reviews on it prior to the launch. As such, attracting the crowds was not the car itself, but rather, the opportunity to experience Katsuhiko Taguchi’s drifting expertise. His professional handling and awe-inspiring stunts were satisfyingly impressive!

Race queens were also on scene to specially maintain the crowd’s interest level. Four local race queens were present, in new swanky Mitsubishi race queen outfits - but they were quickly eclipsed when the Japanese race queens arrived.

These hot babes can’t help but make me ponder about the main motive of the many photographers who formed the bulk of the audience - were they there for the drifting demonstration or the race queens?

Lots of photo opportunities, exploding fireworks and drifting joyrides made up the rest of the night.

 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1998cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Bore x Stroke (86 x 86)mm
Power 280bhp @ 6500rpm
Torque 422Nm @ 3500rpm
Power to Weight 194.4 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 12.1s (0-100 km/h)
Fuel Consumption (combined) 9.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 5 -speed Manual
Drive Type FF

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4495 x 1810 x 1480) mm
Wheelbase 2635 mm
Turning Circle 5 metres
Kerb Weight 1440 kg
Boot Capacity 328 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 59 L

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Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs