Well, the boys and girls at Mitsubishi have screwed together a final edition of the Lancer Evolution. The drumroll has been played and there’ll be no more evolving of this species.
In 1993, Mitsubishi made a decision that now seems obvious in hindsight. They moved the engine and drivetrain from their all-wheel-drive rally hero, the Galant VR4, into the smaller and lighter body of the Lancer. In the process, they created a sensation. Both on the rally stage and on the road.
As the years went by, the Evolution lived up to its name, it evolved. The car went through many changes as time went by. Technologies were added, changed and removed, engines were turned around 180 degrees and the base car supplying the bodyshell even changed a couple of times.
Impressive highlights of the Evolution’s evolution include the straight-line stonk of the Evo III (thanks 16G Turbocharger), the corner exit speed of the Evo IV GSR (introduction of Active Yaw Control), the raw, brutal, racecar-like abilities of the Evo VI.5 Makinen Edition, and the melding of livability with outright handling in the Evo VIII.
In 2007, the latest (and now last ever) Mitsubishi Evo iteration hit the road with the X.
Recently Tesla decided they could get 900hp out of their model S. That’s impressive and it means 0-60 times will likely beat everyone with an engine. That too is impressive. Still speed isn’t everything and anyone whose ever been to the track knows that there will always be someone faster.
That’s a Lamborghini wheel btw, I don’t have a Tesla picture
Anyway, my gripe isn’t that the Tesla isn’t a great car. Oh sure acceleration drips off after 65mph, or if you use the AC, or if you have to drive very far but it’s still impressive. It’s just not special.
Let’s take last weekends cruise with the WHDOW guys. It had a nice mix of cars. Some fast, some not, but they all had something great. The engine. The sound to me is at least half of what’s important in a car. From ignition when the engine comes a live to full chat acceleration all of those cars last week had more character than any electric car ever will. I may very well drive an electric car as my daily driver someday, but for fun give me an engine.
After what seems like a long winter and a spring that just won’t quite come I made it to my first car event today. I didn’t get to partake in the whole cruise, but fortunately I was able meet up with the crew at one of the stops which luckily was just down the road from the IG world head quarters. It seems like it’s been forever since I saw my friends at the White Hall Drag O Way and Jersey County Street machine Association and was it nice to get out and see them again. Oh yeah, and their cars.
The best thing about a cruise is you get to see, hear, and smell the cars doing what they are supposed to be doing, driving! Car shows are cool, car cruises are where it’s at. Plenty more after the jump. Just click the continue reading button.
It’s a question as old as time itself. What’s better an old car or a new car? Honestly it doesn’t matter but it’s fun to see videos like this. Now let’s be clear on a couple things. First the driver of the new Challenger sucks. Could be new to the car, new to the track, or just struggling putting the torque through the stock tires. Second that old Challenger is far from stock. The winner here really is everyone because this is two pretty sweet cars doing what cars like this were made to do. Be driven hard! Either car would be welcomed to my garage.
I’ve been to Autoshows before but I’ve never been to the St. Louis Autoshow so time to try something new. Now like all autoshows the St. Louis show is a lot of new cars with a classic scattered in occasionally. Packed with people and indoors it makes for a photographer’s nightmare. I’m not going to sugar coat it, my pics are far from high quality.