2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution / Ralliart Performance

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The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution's calling card has always been its gut-wrenching performance, and the 2008 version, known by serious performance enthusiasts as the Evolution X (that's Roman numeral 10), certainly lives up to its predecessors on the track.

A 291-hp, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X. A five-speed manual is standard, but a six-speed automated manual is available; it allows manual gear selection through paddle shifters alongside the steering wheel or in automatic mode. There's also an S-sport mode for maximum performance.

The 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X has the acceleration and handling of a Porsche—at half the price.

An array of sophisticated systems--including Super Wheel Control, an Active Center Differential, helical gear front differential, and Active Yaw Control--all combine to give catlike agility and incredible tractability. The MR is an especially high-performance package that ranks above the base GSR and adds track-ready Bilstein shocks and Eibach springs.

Although slightly slower to accelerate than the outgoing Lancer Evolution model, thanks largely to the additional 300 pounds of body fat it carries, the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X is still a very potent performance machine. What the Lancer Evolution lacks in straight-line acceleration (if you can even call it "lacking"--the car still runs from 0-60 in five seconds flat, and ConsumerGuide feels it "will pin you in your seat"), it more than makes up for with its handling.

The feature that draws the greatest praise on the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X is the fantastic new semi-automatic transmission on the MR. The software behind the automatic's gear selection is so good that Motor Trend claims, "the Evo has the best version of this kind of transmission to date," and finds that it "always seems to be in the right gear." Automobile seconds that verdict, noting "the various clutch packs, differentials, and hydraulic pumps work seamlessly to make you look heroic."

TheCarConnection.com finds that reviewers simply can't say enough about all the performance features that make their debut on the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X. Standard on both the GSR and MR trim levels is Mitsubishi's Active Yaw Control system, which Road & Track says "makes the Evo X one of the best-handling sports sedans in the world." Motor Trend also praises the car's exceptional road-gripping abilities, saying, "the action is light, accurate, and unnervingly fast at first."

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