The battle between the Subaru
WRX STi and the Mitsubishi Lancer
Evolution is one that we don't expect to ever be resolved. In a contest this close, and with so much on the line, it's fairly unlikely that either company will one day come out with a version of one of these rally-bred monsters which will give them an undeniable edge, or disadvantage. Things have heated up to the point where even the different trim levels try aggressively to steal those extra couple of customers away from the competition.
The latest trim level offering from Mitsubishi
is the MR version of the Evo X, which will compete with the new Spec-C WRX. The MR here stands for Mitsubishi Racing, and it is a more focused version of the Evo, trimming some of the creature-comfort fat to make for better performance figures. You'll find the Evo X's 2.0 liter inline 4 producing 291 horsepower, and in the MR it's bolted to the truly amazing TC-SST transmission. Shifts are controlled with paddles on either side of the steering wheel, and come in three different modes, Normal, Sport and Super Sport.
Transmissions are receiving a bit of attention from high-performance automakers these days, and the TC-SST is an example of the twin-clutch technology available today. There is a huge array of sensors and computer controls which will make you feel like an expert driver, translating your very thoughts into perfectly executed maneuvers you might not have known yourself capable of. Yaw sensors are numerous on this Evo, and they feed data to a series of acronyms which are impossible to keep track of. Suffice it to say that it's very complex, and very fast.