By David Haueter
Photos by David Haueter
WRC pictures courtesy Mitsubishi
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There are a lot of really good cars out there today, but only occasionally does a really special car come along, a car that hits all the buttons that really turns a performance driving addict on. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR (MR for Mitsubishi Racing) is one such car.... I know because I cried when the press car I drove for a week had to go back to Mitsubishi (well, not really, but I felt like it).
The Lancer Evolution series earns its performance car pedigree from years of racing in the FIA World Rally Championship, with race-bred technology and development that is carried over into the road car. It comes in three different guises - the "standard" model (if you can call it that), the Lightweight RS and the top of the line MR, which is the car we tested here. All three use a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 276hp @ 6,500rpm and 286lb-ft of torque @ 3,500rpm, and are equipped with an active center differential, use Brembo ventilated disc Brakes, and wear sticky Yokohama ADVAN rubber. The MR package pushes the envelope even further, with a lightweight aluminum roof that lowers the center of gravity, lightweight BBS alloy wheels (which reduce unsprung weight), and a 6-speed manual transmission (in place of the standard 5-speed). Another key component of the MR are the Bilstein shocks, which were fine-tuned on the Nurburgring Nordschleife.