We’ve all heard the hype of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, one of the most heavily acclaimed and technologically advanced rally-bred vehicles of the century. For not only will it follow in the footsteps of its intelligent predecessors, the Evo X will also be cosmetically enhanced for both aerodynamic and styling aspects. But let’s not make that a reason to overlook its little brother, the 2008 Lancer model.




The soon to be released Lancer will come in 3 variants; the DE base model, luxury spec SE and the sports tuned GTS. They boast a 27kg lighter, all aluminium 2.0 liter 4-cylinder powerplant, as compared to the previous iron block, which punches-out 152 horses and 146 pounds-foot of twist.




The engine is of course also complete with the MIVEC 16-valve variable timing cam system, and is mated to either a 5-speed manual or CVT drivetrain. The ‘Continuously Variable Transmission’ also witnessed in other major car manufacturers, is proven to be smoother and more fuel efficient than the common automatic transmission.





The GTS type Lancer however possesses a 6-ratio steering-mounted titanium paddle shift arrangement, perfect for F-1 driver fans.




The new Lancer’s chassis is structurally much stiffer than before with a remarkable 56% rigidity increase and a 50% improved bending resistance, thus setting the bar for some serious suspension tuning. Detailed planning has gone into effect, which is visible in the relocation of the steering rack mounting points and a relocated exhaust system to enable the incorporated additional cross members and braces to maximise the integrity of the chassis as a whole.






16” alloys come as stock, for the DE and ES types. The GTS type is pre-equipped with 18” rims, 215/45 tires, 6-speaker audio system, GPS, bucket seats, sport tuned suspension and a strut tower brace. A tire-pressure warning system as stock in all models, and the ES and GTS versions also incorporate ABS and an electronic brake distribution system. Various optional accessories are also available, not to mention a top-of-the-range 650 watt Rockford Fosgate Audio system.





Equipped with 7 airbags, not only does the Lancer have all the common front, side and curtain airbags, but it also includes the first standard driver’s knee-protection airbag. The cabin’s interior marks the trimmings and quality of professional assembly.




With impressive numbers such as a 0-100km/h acceleration time of 7.7 seconds and a 100-0km/h braking distance of 36m, the Lancer is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned within the Sport Compact Sedan class.




Perhaps for those of us who are unable to afford the EVO X, the similar looking Lancer would be a satisfying alternative. Unlike the brutal performance and grunt of the EVO, the Lancer is probably the rather preferred option as a top daily-driver for commuting around congested city areas.

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