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Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CAR GUIDE - Call Fury Mit­subishi, Sun­ny­holt Rd, Black­town on 9839 9000.

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.

DRIV­ING

Quite

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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.

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