Red-hot Evolution gives green the flick
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.