2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR Review – the X-gen grows better, faster

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2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution - 6-speed twin-clutch sportronic transmissionIf you need a fix for even more excitement, the MR’s 6-speed twin clutch Sportronic® Shift transmission (TC-SST) can be ultimately satisfying. The TC-SST and its adjustable transmission modes (Normal, Sport, and Super Sport) add another dimension of versatility that covers any type of driving situation. Basically, the Sport and Super Sport modes raise the shift points and make the transitions between gears much quicker. Whether it be manual or automatic, gear transitions take place in milliseconds. Now, with speed often come some compromises, mainly the stiff suspension which made me feel every bump or pothole while touring around in San Francisco. Pothole after pothole, it was so frequent and uncomfortable that I couldn’t wait to get the Lancer Evo out of the city and onto the smooth freeway, where I noticed another drawback. The Evo hides its speed quite well as I soon found myself going nearly 90 mph, but I guess I should have known, as other cars seemed like they were running in place as I drove past them. A great experience until I hit traffic. F*@k! Then the ease of an automatic settles everything as I just relax and let the TC-SST do the shifting work.


With Decision 2008 coming to a close I am truly thankful it is all over and, even though I have great memories of the Evo, I am more thrilled that I didn’t get any tickets in the process! The Evo is truly a beast of a car and I know that they smoothed down the aggressive looks to gain a greater following, but even though, this car is far from an everyday persons’ car, either due to an elevated price entry point of $38,290, comfort or the fuel economy (which averaged just 15 mpg in the city). Regardless, Mitsubishi stayed true to the real demographics that have followed the Evo from the beginning and they should be very happy with the end results. As for the rest of the general public, a little respect is needed for what the Evo has accomplished, while also looking forward to what it will bring in the future! This experience has definitely changed the way I see not only Mitsubishi as a brand, but also to the kind of people who make the decision to drive them, especially those that drive the Evo!

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR

Build Interior Performance Handling Styling Value Overall
Rating 4.5 4.0 5.0 5.0 4.5 4.0 4.5/A-

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Specs

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