The last few years have been difficult Mitsubishi performance stans, insofar as the brand hasn’t really chased after performance. But no sooner had she announced the return of the Ralliart division than a name sprang to the lips of enthusiasts: Lancer Evo. Years after the iconic rally-inspired saloon departed, it’s still an icon for enthusiasts. And this week you can try to score an affordable 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X MR on Bring a trailer.
The Evo X closed the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution story with more speed, technology and maturity
|2008-2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution|
|Motor||2.0-litre “4B11” turbocharged four-cylinder|
Six-speed dual-clutch automatic
|Unloaded weight||3571 pounds (2014 MR)|
|0-60mph time||4.9 seconds (MR, Car and driver)|
For some, the Evo X deviated too much from the “traditional” formula of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. It ditched the long-serving 4G63 engine for the new 4B11 design and toned down its frantic energy somewhat for everyday habitability. And even then, the latest Lancer Evo wasn’t exactly the most comfortable shuttle.
However, if you’re buying an Evo for commuter work, you’re buying it for the wrong reasons. And while the Evo X isn’t quite as frantic as, say, the Evo VIII, Mitsubishi hasn’t completely lost the intrigue with the latest-gen car.
It may be heavier than the Evo IX, but the Evo X is also more powerful, more torquey and has a stiffer chassis. More importantly, the 4B11 weighs less than the 4G63 and sits lower in the chassis. Thus, the X is arguably better balanced. In addition, its AWD system and active center differential are more advanced than the versions of the IX. As a result, the direction of the X is just as sharp as that of the IX, and it still grips and spins as if on rails, Car and driver said. Plus, it still offered Brembo brakes and Recaro sports seats.
Additionally, the Evo X introduced other types of technology in the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution. It is the only Evo available with a dual-clutch automatic transmission, dubbed “TC-SST”. Plus, it’s still incredibly fast by modern standards, especially in 2010 and later cars, MotorTrend said. Additionally, the sedan has stability control and launch control – in 2008 these features were rarefied. And the MR Touring received some luxury touches, including leather upholstery and heated seats.
Yes, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X has a stiff ride, great thirst and cheap interior plastics. But even today, there’s nothing that handles or feels quite like it.
There’s a rare low-mileage MR Touring Evo up for grabs at Bring a trailer
Because so many Mitsubishi Lancer evolutions have been modified, crashed, and/or a combination of both, stock examples are not easy to find. Neither did the MR Touring models, as many enthusiasts preferred the stick and fender of the GSR. This makes the 2014 Lancer Evo MR Touring currently listed on Bring a trailer a rare bird.
As an MR Touring, this Evo X is fitted with heated Recaro leather seats and the TC-SST transmission. But it also has a front strut tower brace, sunroof, BBS wheels, Bilstein shocks, Eibach springs and a Rockford Fosgate touchscreen audio system with Bluetooth and navigation. And aside from the brace, these are all standard features. Also, although it lacks the traditional Evo rear spoiler, it has a lip spoiler, an aluminum hood and xenon headlights. And no rally-style sports sedan is complete without fog lights.
This 2014 Evo X has another notable feature: a lack of mileage. It has less than 4900 miles on the odometer. It’s a pristine, one-owner car with a zero accident history as well. And the seller just changed the oil.
A clean, affordable Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X doesn’t happen often – and SST doesn’t have to be a maintenance nightmare
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As of this writing, this 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR is listed at $20,250 with three days remaining in the auction. Considering its condition and mileage, it’s a bargain. Navigation Autotraderexamples with similar specs and mileage cost about twice as much.
As with any used car, a pre-purchase inspection is recommended. And since the Evo X is an aging performance car, potential bidders might worry about maintenance. The good news is that provided you follow the maintenance schedule, Lancer Evos are quite tough and reliable.
It’s not as adjustable as the 4G63, but the 4B11 has a timing chain rather than a belt, so it has a longer service interval. And while pre-2011 cars apparently had chain stretch, mass airflow sensor and differential issues, this low mileage 2014 car should be just fine. As for the TC-SST, it’s not as flimsy as many contemporary single-clutch automated manuals. Owner forums claim that as long as you change the transmission fluid regularly and don’t go mod crazy, it’s reliable and long lasting.
In short, this Evo X is a great opportunity to get your hands on a true performance icon at a reasonable price. And it should serve you well even after the resurrected Ralliart arrives.
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