Thrills? Leave it to Evo

Mit­subishi’s speed­ster is just plain awe­some, writesGRAHAMSMITH ON THE LOT

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MEN­TION Evo to a rally fan and they go weak at the knees. Evo, short for Evo­lu­tion, is what Mit­subishi calls its rally-winning ver­sion of the Lancer and any rally nut knows it means awe­some per­for­mance.

The Evo springs from the hum­ble small car that also car­ries the Lancer name tag, but by the time Mit­subishi bolts on the Evo badges it’s be­come a fire-breath­ing, tyre-fry­ing per­for­mance car of the high­est or­der.

Mit­subishi hasn’t al­ways of­fered the Lancer Evo here in Aus­tralia, but rally fans have been able to sam­ple the hot rally-bred hatch in re­cent times with the launch here of sev­eral mod­els, in­clud­ing the eighth-gen­er­a­tion Evo VIII in 2004. ONLY 200 were sold so they hold their value quite well, but $30,000 to $35,000 should buy one of the most thrilling rides on Aussie roads.

Fast and fu­ri­ous: the Mit­subishi Evo VIII is some­thing very spe­cial if you value per­for­mance above all else.

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