CJ Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution: updates, but no revolution

Easily the most critically acclaimed model in the Mitsubishi line up, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, has had its specification and pricing tweaked slightly.

Under the vented bonnet lies Mitsubishi’s turbocharged and intercooled 2-litre engine pumping out 217kW of power and 366Nm of torque via a full-time four-wheel drive system — sorry, Super All-Wheel Control system (S-AWC). The active centre differential has three selectable modes: tarmac, gravel and snow.

The base $56,990 Evolution features a 5-speed manual, 18-inch Enkei alloy wheels, part leather Recaro front bucket seats with built-in heater, cruise control, DataDot security markings, leather 3-spoke steering wheel, aluminium pedals, leather gear shift knob, aluminium rear spoiler, flared wheel arches, aggressive front and rear bumpers, chrome dual exhaust tips, automatic wipers and headlights, reversing camera, proximity entry key, and push button start. The audio system has six speakers, a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth for hands-free and streaming, steering wheel audio controls, CD player, AM/FM radio, USB port and an auxiliary jack.

For an extra A$3,000 the Evolution Performance Pack can be specified, adding 18-inch BBS forged alloy wheels, a Brembo 2-piece front disc brakes, Bilstein shocks all around, and Eibach front and rear springs.

The top-of-the-range A$65,990 Evolution MR is equipped exclusively with the company’s 6-speed dual-clutch transmission, as well as all the goodies in the Evolution Performance Pack. There’s also colour coded bonnet vents, lashings of chrome for the exterior, adaptive self-levelling xenon headlights, leather Recaro seats up front and chromed Evolution scuff plates. The audio system on the MR has a 7-inch touchscreen, Rockford Fosgate head unit, a total of eight speakers, a subwoofer, and sat nav.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]