Red-hot Evo­lu­tion gives green the flick

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

SOME­TIMES you just have to flip the bird at po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness. It’s all very well to en­dorse the ‘‘green’’ men­tal­ity, but you have to have some fun along the way.

That’s ex­actly the role of Mit­subishi’s Lancer Evo­lu­tion. The lit­tle blue beastie may not win a lot of ar­gu­ments on PC grounds, yet for all its per­for­mance abil­ity there is still a lot more civil­i­sa­tion in this 10th-gen­er­a­tion junk­yard dog than you may think.

The Evo­lu­tion (Mit­subishi re­ally do not like it if you call this one an Evo which is what it is, so there) is about 100kg heav­ier than the pre­vi­ous model and has a whole dic­tio­nary of elec­tronic aids, a much more com­fort­able ride and a de­li­cious dou­ble-clutch au­to­matic gear­box with col­umn-mounted pad­dles.

It also has great leather race seats, satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion and an air­con­di­tioner that works.

The AWD grip is awe­some. The ac­tive cen­tre dif­fer­en­tial (ACD) in­tro­duced in the Evo IX car­ries over, and it has ac­tive sta­bil­ity con­trol, anti-lock brak­ing and ded­i­cated pri­vate net­work­ing to shift in­for­ma­tion seam­lessly be­tween con­trollers.

The Evo is thirsty (get it un­der 15 litres/ 100km and you are not driv­ing it the way it de­serves) and ex­pen­sive at al­most $75,000.

But some­times, you just gotta flip the bird.

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