2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR AWD

Reviewed by Susan Frissell

A modified version of the compact Lancer, the Evolution is offered in two trim levels: GSR and MR.Both powered by a 291 horsepower, 2.0-liter, turbo-charged four-cylinder engine, our test vehicle was the GSR model

Be prepared to not only take off like a rocket, but to sit low in the body-hugging sport seats. While fairly comfortable, as they hold the driver in place (a blessing at top speed), the Evo’s seats are hard. This driver wanted to add a cushion for height while driving.LANCER

The 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR trim level is equipped with a five-speed transmission. While the MR is teamed with a six-speed Twin Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST), with manual mode and paddle shifters. The GSR is easily identified by its large rear wing spoiler. Equipped with Brembo disc brakes and sport-tuned suspension, the Evo GSR rides on 18-inch performance tires. The MR is outfitted a little more so, and includes Eibach springs, Bilstein shocks and exclusive forged aluminum wheels, projector-type HD headlamps and a smaller rear lip spoiler.

Standard equipment on both Evo versions includes auto climate control, cruise, CD player/MP3 Satellite/HD radio, FUSE hands-free communication system with voice-activated audio-streaming, and USB port.

As with most performance vehicles, the targeted group is the young, hot-rod, modifier set. The Lancer Evo comes with the latest electronic offerings; a necessity in this focus group. Safety features on the Lancer Evo include overhead curtain and driver knee airbags, tire-pressure monitor, front and front-side impact airbags, 4-wheel anti-lock brake system, and stability and traction control systems.

There exist minimal changes in the 2014 Lancer Evolution. Both GSR and MR receive an improved 6.1-inch touch panel display audio unit, including three months Satellite and HD radio. Navigation system is optional. The twin-clutched equipped MR sells for $38, 195; the GSR starts at $34,995. Both are $300 than the 2013 models.

Not chump change. Which means we’re talking about serious performance-minded buyers. This isn’t your everyday street vehicle, nor would many want to drive it every day.

While not a bad looking sports-sedan, the Lancer Evolution claims to be in competition with Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro-unlikely competitors, we think. Don’t expect to carry ski’s or many other large loads as Lancer’s rear seats are not fold-down. The trunk is small. Again, this isn’t a daily-driver; well, maybe if you’re 21 years old.

The only option on our test Evo GSR was the Sight and Sound Package which included HD headlamps 710-watt Rockford-Fosgate Premium sound system with nine speakers, 10-inch subwoofer withpunch control and DTS; neutral surround premium-wide surround and Dolby volume; fast key entry system.

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When closed, the doors sound tinny, but maybe this is to cut weight for the same reason. The Evo’s low-profile Yokohama tires are paired with light-weight alloy wheels. Look for the obvious bright red two-piston Brembo brakes.

The Evo’s GSR’s interior is pleasant although not as sporty as expected. Recarro styled seats are sporty. Controls are easily reached and understood. Rear seating is somewhat roomy.

The real standout, of course-in a car like the Lancer Evo is its handling power/speed. We suspect if in the wrong hands (experienced or impaired driver), it could be a little dangerous. As with the Subaru WRX, the Lancer Evo, is a very special niche vehicle.

The ususal amenties are standard on the Evo GSR and include such expected goodies as fog lights, keyless entry, power windows/doors/mirrors, dual cupholders, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

SPECS:

MSRP: $34,995, total vehicle price $37,790, destination $795; options $2,000

Engine: 2.0-liter, I4 MIVEC, turbo-charged , 291 horsepower

Transmission: 5-speed manual, with overdrive, AWD

Wheelbase: 104.3 in.

Height: 58.3 in.

Length: 177.0 in.

Width: 71.3 in.

Tires: 245/40R18

Wheels: 18-inch alloy

Class: five-passenger, sports sedan

Warranty: 36-mths/36,000-miles

 

 

 

 

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