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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution - Road Test Specs

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Sedan

(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo AWD 5-speed Manual)


Model year2008
ModelLancer Evolution
StyleGSR 4dr Sedan
Base MSRP$33,000 (est.)
Options on test vehicleSight, Sound and Spoiler Package (HID headlamps, large rear spoiler and Rockford Fosgate 650-watt premium sound system with 10-inch subwoofer, plus a six-disc in-dash CD changer with MP3 capability and Sirius Satellite Radio with a six month service subscription).
As-tested MSRP$35,000 (est.)


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,998 (122)
Block/head materialAluminum / Aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)9.0:1
Redline (rpm)7,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)291 @ 6,500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)300 @ 4,400
Transmission type5-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)4.687:1


Suspension, frontIndependent, MacPherson strut with aluminum control arms
Suspension, rearIndependent, multilink with aluminum control arms
Steering typeHydraulic-assist rack-and-pinion
Steering ratio (x:1)13.3:1
Tire brandYokohama
Tire modelAdvan A13c
Tire typePerformance
Tire size, front245/40R18
Tire size, rear245/40R18
Wheel size18 x 8.5
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearVentilated disc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)3.1
0-60 mph (sec.)4.9
0-75 mph (sec.)7.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.6 @ 101.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)112
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)70.7
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.99
Sound level @ idle (dB)45.3
@ Full throttle (dB)77.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)71.1

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsAs always, the Evo is tricky to launch. Maintaining 5,200 rpm while feeding in clutch (and more throttle) only works a couple times before the smell of rotten eggs begins. Still, this one did well with a decent 0-30 time. Shift action is light and quick.
Braking ratingExcellent
Braking commentsZero ABS flutter or tire stumble as the car stops. Near zero pitch and no drama.
Handling ratingExcellent
Handling commentsSkid pad: This is where AYC was obviously advantageous. The car's rear steps out slightly and stays there all the way around the circle. No need for steering input at all. Slalom: I felt the AYC was always interfering in the slalom. It assumes I'm initiating a corner and supplies oversteer -- never realizing I want to steer back the other way. Once I figured out that a neat line (tight to the cones) diminishes this tendency, a blast of air as the car cut past started tipping over cones. Very frustrating to never touch a cone yet tip 'em over.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)421
Temperature (°F)63
Wind (mph, direction)2.0

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)16 mpg city/22 mpg highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)Not available
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14.5

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,344
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,545
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)56.4/44.6
Length (in.)177
Width (in.)71.3
Height (in.)58.3
Wheelbase (in.)104.3
Track, front (in.)60.8
Track, rear (in.)60.8
Turning circle (ft.)38.7
Legroom, front (in.)42.2
Legroom, rear (in.)36.1
Headroom, front (in.)39.6
Headroom, rear (in.)36.9
Shoulder room, front (in.)54.7
Shoulder room, rear (in.)54.3
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)Not available
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)Not available


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion7 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistanceNot available
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Knee airbagsStandard driver
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionNot available
Tire-pressure monitoring systemNot available
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driverNot available
NHTSA crash test, passengerNot available
NHTSA crash test, side frontNot available
NHTSA crash test, side rearNot available
NHTSA rollover resistanceNot available

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