Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Lancer Evolution X - UK Review

Engine/transmission: 1,998cc all-aluminium-alloy, in-line four-cylinder petrol with DOHC and four valves per cylinder; 276bhp at 6,500rpm and 311lb ft of torque at 3500rpm.
Five-speed manual or six-speed double-clutch SST paddle-shift gearbox.
Four-wheel drive.

Performance: top speed 155mph, 0-60mph in 4.9sec (SST 5.2sec), EU Urban fuel consumption (estimated) 19.9mpg, C02 emissions n/a.

We like: Rally heritage, hardcore character, punchy performance, tremendous all-weather ability, paddle-shift transmission that brings newfound versatility.
We don't like: Interior still looks and feels cheap, engine sounds bland, lacks prestige of Audi or BMW.

Alternatives: Subaru Impreza WRX STi, from about £30,000. Alfa Romeo 159 3.2 V6 Q4, from £27,050. Vauxhall Vectra VXR, from £24,395. BMW 335i M Sport, from £34,095. Audi S4, from £36,590.

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