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Evo VIII - It GOES!
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By Mike Valentin
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR Edition 4dr Sport Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

Got my '05 Evo, and boy am I glad! I've had it now for 4 months. It starts beautifully, looks great and performs like a supercar (Too bad that Mitsubishi is not doing well). The acceleration is slow at 2k/rpm, then at 3k/rpm the turbo cooks and there is an incredible surge of power, which is manageable and easily modulated. When all else fails the Brembo brakes are there to slow you down, in combination with the ABS, in a quick way. The transmission "snicks" its way through the gates; the engine urges you on; the brakes back you up; the chassis is stiff and inspires confidence--more technical features that work together wonderfully.


Best Features

Not so much a single item, rather it's the way the steering wheel, the seat and the pedals are at the optimal position. You can't help it but feel connected with the machine in a way, that is not available normally. The transmission (smoothest) / engine, brakes and chassis, and awesome sound system.


Worst Features

Sadly, Mitsubishi cuts here and there. This car has no cruise control. WHAT?! Very poor courtesy lighting; when you get the sunroof, they take away the rear courtesy lights. No electronic temperature or ice warning metering as in cars 1/2 the price. If they can these hammered down...it would be an 11+ out of 10.


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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Rocks
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By Nelvitt
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR Edition 4dr Sport Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


Review

This car rocks. It delivers the performance of cars that cost two and three times as much. Its handling is unbelieveable. It is like it is glued to the road. This is a great car.


Best Features

The shift is smooth and short. The acceleration is awesome with no noticeable lag for a turbo.


Worst Features

The Recaro seats are OK, but I sit too low at the back for my taste. A better Recaro would be helpful.


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EVO 8
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By vassago
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII 4dr Sport Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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This is the best production car out for a reasonable price. I test drove both the EVO 8 and the WRX STi, and the Evolution has less power and torque (276hp/286ft-lb. vs 300hp/300ft-lb), but a much better better suspension (much stiffer for better performance), a more advanced AWD system, and the Recaro seats in the EVO hug you, unlike the STi seats which were designed for fat Americans and provide no support. I have not been beat in a race yet and it is the funnest daily driver I've had the pleasure of riding in, let alone owning.


Best Features

The Recaro seats, adjustable xenon headlights with built in fog lights, the tight suspension, the intercooler sprayer, a real carbon fiber spoiler, Advan Yokohama tires on 17 inch Enkei light weight rims, and the turbo.


Worst Features

A stock blow off valve would be nice


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Evolution is Awesome
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By maikong
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII 4dr Sport Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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This car is amazing. If you want a fun car to drive that can dust almost anything on the road this is it. By far the best car on the market today. Picked over a Suburau WRX STi and I am very happy I did. The handling on this car is amazing. Nothing compares to the way this car drives. It is a rally car legal for the street. I picked the VIII instead of the MR becuase for 4 or 5 thousand more dollars the MR is just not worth it. I have a smile on my face everytime I drive my EVO.


Best Features

The performance is unreal.


Worst Features

None for me this car is perfect.


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Lancer Evolution
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By silver03evo
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2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII 4dr Sport Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

I wanted one for a long time and had heard nothing but good things about the car. When I was finally able to get one, I found out it was everything everyone had said it was. The car is the most fun car to drive I have ever driven.


Best Features

Handling, power, everything already upgraded.


Worst Features

Relocate radio to lower position on dash.


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