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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution / Ralliart Styling

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Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com generally praise the Lancer Evolution's exterior styling, but some minor gripes arise with the interior.

The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X features all-new styling that is slightly more mature than previous models, but it still gives the impression of a seriously capable performance car. The Evolution is an entirely different car than the plebeian Mitsubishi Lancer on which it's based, with an enhanced body structure and many of the steel body panels replaced with lightweight aluminum ones.

The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution maintains the scorching acceleration and tenacious grip of its predecessor, gains a little more finesse, and does it with much more handsome styling. But beware: It still feels like a tuner car.

Working from the outside on in, ConsumerGuide comments that the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X "is aimed at a broader, more upscale audience," which explains why Mitsubishi did away with the old Lancer Evolution's enormous rear wing and semi-circular hood scoop. ConsumerGuide also appreciates the inclusion of "the proper interior 'go-fast' pieces," including "leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob." The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X does come with a more subdued spoiler on the back, and Road & Track approves of the "vents on the hood suggesting something wonderfully wicked resides underneath." The car's front end also draws comparisons to a shark's mouth from several reviewers.

After admiring the well-modeled and aggressive exterior styling on the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, drivers might be slightly disappointed by the interior styling. While there are no glaring deficiencies inside, ConsumerGuide laments the "unconvincing 'aluminum' finish" and lack of "anything dressy or upscale about the interior." Automobile says, "The interior no longer reeks of Play-skool technology," though.

TheCarConnection.com has had extensive driving time in the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, and appreciates the styling of its sheetmetal far more than its cabin. The body quite clearly looks like a hopped-up sedan—but the dash and interior panels still appear as if nothing dramatic has happened, save for a large spot in the center of the dash reserved for the optional navigation system.

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