Not bad. Would we buy one? No, we go for something like a Toyota 86, spend 10 grand on it and have a whole lot more fun for a lot less money. valve timing and all-wheel-drive.
All the usual Evo bits are present including Mitsubishi’s innovative Super All-Wheel control system offering Tarmac, Gravel and Snow modes.
The car also gets sports ABS brakes auto headlights, rain sensing wipers, a reverse camera, sat- nav, Mitsubishi’s difficult to use MMCS infotainment system, partial leather Recaro sports seats, cruise control, climate control and aluminium front suspension.
Exterior upgrades include a Final Edition badge, black painted aluminium roof, dark chrome painted BBS alloys, gloss black grille and bonnet scoop, plus dark chrome front grille surround.
Inside, a numbered plaque on the centre console denotes each of the 150 units created. Interior changes are limited to colours.
We have intimate knowledge of Evos and think this one is a good proposition. It looks smart on the road and feels good to sit in.
The hard plastic dash has been with the Evo since day one and still looks cheap. But the overall look inside is OK apart from the MMCS control system.
The outside? some beast.
hand- THE engine is smooth and quiet (too quiet) and it puts out a decent amount of power from the get-go.
But not enough to really roll back your eyeballs which is what many current Evo owners would want. It’s all a bit too refined – a good starting point – but like most Japanese sporty cars, a tad underdone.
Boot it in the guts and the Evo gets going OK with additional surge higher up in the rev range.
Lucky the five-speed manual has a quick shifter so you can flick between the closely spaced intermediate ratios.
Though the suspension is from respected manufacturers and there’s even aluminium front arms, it’s all a bit soft when you push matters. OK for cruising around the street and a blast on that favourite country road but anything more serious and the Evo Final Edition feels too soft. They need a race mode that stiffens or sharpens all the car’s dynamics and remaps throttle response. But it’s too old a design for that. All-wheel-drive grip is unsurpassed in a road car and the brakes and steering are a safety asset without resorting to complex electronic driver assistance systems.
We found the Recaro seats to be comfy and the overall drive experience pleasing.
What we suspect is that Mitsubishi has been left with a bunch of base model Evo 10 manuals it can’t move and decided to run with this Final Edition with extra kit.
Buyers are the winners because the manual is a better drive than the automated SST car.