The all new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X with its new body, new engine, new transmission and all-wheel drive system isn't evolution, it's revolution. But, while this new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X may look as though it's been graced with a stylist's wand, its mission to manupulate air remains single-minded - cool air in, hot air out, and always employed for maximum downforce.
The new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X chassis is stronger, with 40 percent more torsional rigidity and 60 percent greater flexural rigidity. The track is wider, the centre of gravity lower and weight has been redistributed 3 percent rearwards - all resulting, impossible though it may seem, in an even more sure-footed stance.
The ride is calmer (but never, ever soft), the steering less nervous and road noise reduced. This Evolution is still the stuff of legends. It remains an extreme, almost maniacal supercar-slayer, which dares you to attack every twist and turn. But this time there is more than a hint of sophistication. Whisper it...the Lancer Evolution X is growing up.