rally racing is not a much appreciated sport in the
U.S., but in Europe and other parts of the world it's
quite a different affair. In fact, winning that Championship
is a prime target for manufacturers, as it will help
The other by-product of competition is technological
innovation. A few years after these developments take
place, consumers are able to benefit from this racing
experience and drive better cars and certainly more
fun ones, as in the case of the Evo. The famous Monte
Carlo Rally featured Minis, Porsches, Alpine Renaults
and Lancias. Later, the invincible Audi Quattros, R5
Turbos and hyper-developed Peugeots came onto the circuit.
These days, the Championship is dominated by Subarus,
Peugeots, Fords, Citroens and Mitsubishis. Hence the
it's not a car for everyone but a car everyone should
test-drive. It's an outstanding value for the performance
package it offers, but there are no extras luxuries
here. And if you drive the car the way you are supposed
to [and don't get in trouble with the law] it might
not be the most quiet and comfortable ride out there.
You could easily test any high performance—and
high priced—sports car at the traffic light and
give them a pretty good run. Not only is the acceleration
with the twin-water-intercooled turbos rocket like,
but you'd also be hard pressed to find a better handler.
The best thing about it is that your insurance won't
be crazy and you have four doors and a full trunk. Going
to the grocery store has rarely been more fun.
Read a review of the 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR
and the 2006 Mitsubishi
Lancer Evolution IX
Warranty/Service: Three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty;
five-year/ 60,000-mile powertrain warranty; seven-year/100,000-mile
rust perforation warranty.