Evolution X - Pics & review

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  1. UFO

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    Already posted these in OT but thought I'd share here too just in case anybody's interested.

    This is my 3rd Evo ('03, '05, '08) and you could call me somewhat of a fanboy. I have to admit that I have been disappointed in the runup to the X release and was feeling that the VIII would be the last Evo I owned. That was until I saw one. They do look much better in person but I'm still not 100% sold on the styling but, then again, that's not the main reason people like me buy this car. The interior is miles ahead of the VIII/IX but, unfortunately, the plastic they are using now is American quality; I thought the glove box would fall off the first time I opened it and it actually flexed in my hands. Power delivery is better than the VIII but it feels slower. The steering feel is gone but the quick ratio (and poor turning circle) is still there. Turn in is weird: it feels like it's going to roll into understeer and a split second later the computers take over and you're round the corner like a rocket with a hint of oversteer. It does feel like it handles better (not been on track yet) but it's a trade-off as you lose the steering feel and feel more like a passenger than a driver. The seats are nothing short of astounding and quite possibly the best stock seats I have ever sat in (right up there with the Escort & Sierra RS Cosworth). Side bolsters are bigger and keep you planted much better. The face carbon fiber plastic on the harness loops is a bit gay though. The auto climate control and cruise control work well. The Rockford Fosgate 650 watt stereo (part of the SSS package) gives a good kick and, to my untrained ear, sounds great for a stock system. There's even AUX jacks for your iPod. The SSS package also comes with HIDs, which work fine, FastKey, and a larger spoiler which is thicker than the VIII/IX spoiler and obscures view even more. Stock pedals leave a lot to be desired (but they do look good) and they're simply too far apart for heel/toe in driving shoes. I roll my foot when heel/toeing and it's just not possible, and using 'proper' heel/toe technique means I hit the plastic center console with my heel. The car is much more comfortable to drive and you almost forget you're driving a sports sedan until you hit a bump or hit the loud pedal. Well, calling it a 'loud pedal' is a stretch as the car is insanely quiet with a pleasant whistle when the turbo spools.

    Basically, the Evo's grown up. This is a good thing with regards to creature comforts and track times but it leaves me a little sad as part of the appeal of the previous Evos was its rawness. However, I love the car. I do not regret buying it or selling my VIII at all. The rawness of the VIII was as much of a curse as it was a blessing with regards to ride comfort and interior aesthetics. Mitsubishi almost hit the mark with this car, but after 5 minutes in the driving seat you won't care one iota that they missed it.

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  2. BavarianMotorWe

    BavarianMotorWe New Member

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    I would love to drive one. Sweet car.
     
  3. UFO

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    I pretty much had to sign the paperwork before they let me test drive it :(. They wouldn't let me go play until we reached a figure and they had ran my credit.
     
  4. RichieHemingway

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    Ummmm.......no thanks.

    Why change a good thing?
     
  5. UFO

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    Because it's better.
     
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    Well, I am pretty big into EVOs myself. I have been highly interested in them since I begin playing with them in the old PSX Gran Turismo games.

    I have yet to see a X in person, but from the 100s of photos I have seen, the styling just doesn't compare to the simple styling of the VII, VIII, and IX. The X just looks to fat and bulky. Reminds me of a bulky Infiniti or Acura.

    The thing I love most about my EVO is the rawness. I love the super stiff suspension, the noisey tires, the basic interior, the lack of a navigation system, power seats, cruise control, etc, etc... In my mind, the EVO has been one of the rawest cars (not including the Elise) sold here in the USA.

    I am afraid this "grown up" EVO won't be for me. Stiff, barebones track cars have always inspired me to buy them. I have very high regards for cars such as the 97-01 Integra Type R, the 03-07 EVOs, and even the older Cobra R Mustangs. Cars that are basically stripped of all creature comforts, and focused entirely on a great balance of light weight, stiff suspension, and great performance.

    Perhaps they will release a RS version of the X here? Even then, that styling just isn't working for me. Look at your black EVO, and the simple less gimicky styling. The black one just looks better. Of course, I realize looks aren't eveything....

    Still, I won't hate the X. I am just not sold on it yet...... Perhaps I will be by the time the RS is released.
     
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    ^i side with lightsped
     
  8. UFO

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    No RS is scheduled for the US.

    The X isn't going to be for a lot of people but, for me, it's another Evolution of the car and it got better yet again. I'm an older guy so that's probably a big reason why it appeals to me more.
     
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    you don't even KNOW how much I envy you.
     
  10. asp

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    love it
     
  11. deuceforty

    deuceforty between rupture and rapture

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    in my mind

    in 08, evo beats the shit out the STi

    however i HATE the direction both series are going in.. god 04-05 was incredible, STi vs. EVO, raw power vs.raw power, everything about those cars were amazing... i feel we have lost that era, and "evolved" into "classy supercars" which no longer have that edge
     
  12. Irvin Washington

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    It's growing on me, and I definitely like it more than the new STi. :hsd:
     
  13. notaniceperson

    notaniceperson -I'm an ASSHOLE!

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    Not a fan myself. Congrats anyhow.
     
  14. GuiltySparc

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    oh how i wish Subaru would offer decent seats :wtc:

    Thats the only thing i envy about the Evo over my STi (i have an 07, the 08 is an ugly abomination)
     
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    Car looks great. :coold:

    Is this the GSR model?
     
  16. UFO

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    Yes, GSR with SSS package.
     
  17. Illadelph41

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    Interior was ripped directly out of an 06-08 Civic Si
     
  18. Cachee0

    Cachee0 OT's Technical Recruiter, Send me your resume

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    How much did you end up paying for it. I really miss my Evo VIII I'm driving a E46 M3 Carbrio now but I was thinking of going to test drive this car my self.
     
  19. UFO

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    Sticker was $35,600 I think and I ended up just under $35. Base price is $33,600ish.
     
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    Damn that's getting up there I think I only paided 28k for my 03. Did you drive the DSG?
     
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    The SST (Mitsu's name for their flappy paddle box) is only available on the MR and the MR hasn't arrived on US shores yet. The MR is supposedly slower than the GSR in a straight line but faster round a track. I was going to wait for the MR but it will be close to $40K and, well, that's just too much.
     
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    I just might spend the money and get the 997 Turbo when DSG comes out.
     
  23. Wilddog

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    Its great that the gsr has a package that still allows hids and what not. I love the car, but being around dsms most of my driving life I cant help but feel that without the 4g63 its just not the same...
     
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    I know. it won't need to see the dealer between service intervals!
     
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    I would have made that dealer remove their badge on the trunk.
     

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