Evo­lu­tion keeps chang­ing things, gen­er­a­tion by gen­er­a­tion, un­til they reach near per­fec­tion. Has this Mit­subishi Mirage, in its phe­nom­e­nal cur­rent state, reached its ul­ti­mate state of evo­lu­tion?

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Yes in­deed, this Mirage has been ‘EVOLVN’ for some time now, to a stage that it’s be­come a real eye candy propo­si­tion. But not only is it pleas­ing to the eye; it’s also ex­tremely sat­is­fac­tory to the ear too be­cause on board is a whole swag of JVC’s Arse­nal range gear all in­stalled by owner Steven Page him­self and the ex­perts at East­side Kus­toms.

Build­ing friend­ships

Ac­tu­ally Steven first got this car back in 2005 when he was an ap­pren­tice and it has gone through a num­ber of im­prove­ments and evolv­ing ver­sions be­fore ar­riv­ing at the stun­ner we see here. And along the way, through some early “dodgy paint jobs and trims” over the years, Steven has built re­la­tion­ships and friend­ships that he feels will be with him for­ever.

Steven may have re­ferred to early paint jobs of lack­lus­tre qual­ity but that is a uni­verse away from the stun­ning ‘Blue & Ice Vi­o­let Pearl’ fin­ish on the car now – that is a truly su­perb colour choice. The ex­te­rior is also en­hanced by the shaved look, the cov­ered tail lights, the X-Rac­ing cus­tom body kit, the chrome side mir­rors, 18-inch chrome wheels with thin rub­ber and more. Oh, and did we men­tion the wing doors? Master coup!

The car is mo­tored by a DB Pre­ci­sion En­gines fully con­verted pow­er­house and is some­what of a

master­piece it­self. Stain­less steel, chrome, blue/ vi­o­let (to match the ex­te­rior) and other visual en­hance­ments have been ap­plied here. Steven even went to the lengths of build­ing the ex­haust sys­tem him­self (aided by Norm Hin­ton) with stain­less head­ers and 3-inch turbo muf­fler.

Steven him­self states, “one of the things I love so much about this car is that it was a com­plete re-build. Noth­ing was left un­touched.” And it cer­tainly shows.

The same care and at­ten­tion to de­tail has been car­ried through into the in­te­rior. Here the whole thing was stripped and re-built with an al­len­com­pass­ing white leather theme ac­cented with an at­trac­tive Bil­let Spe­cial­ties steer­ing wheel.

The white leather is con­trasted on the car’s floor (high­lighted with strate­gi­cally-placed down­light-style LEDs) with black and white car­pet while the cabin it­self has chrome and steel re­lief in the hand­brake lever and other con­trols. Speco boost and tacho gauges are placed on the cen­tre con­sole and A-pil­lar re­spec­tively. It must be said that all this crisply clean white­ness ac­tu­ally looks quite stun­ning.

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