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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Spotted in Greenwich, CT

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution XI 3

We spotted this member of the JDM royal family on the street in Greenwich, CT during concours weekend. I always love seeing cars that aren’t supposed to be on US roads out and about on US roads, and the Evo VI was never sold here. Let’s face it, it’s more fun when you bend the rules.

Enjoy!

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My take on the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

The Geneva Motor Show happened this week, and every year it’s like Christmas has come for the car industry.

Here are the highlights for me, and my thoughts on each…

Ferrari 812 Superfast

The front-engine V12 Ferraris are by far my favorite Ferraris. They have always been the ultimate expression of what a grand touring car can be, and their lineage goes all the way back to the beginning of Ferrari road cars in the early 1950s.

The 812 Superfast takes the insanity of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, and takes it up yet another notch. With damn near 800hp on tap from its still-naturally-aspirated-V12 engine, the 812 Superfast is now the ultimate GT car (really more of a supercar) that money can buy. I also think it looks absolutely manic, yet somehow still in an elegant sort of way.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Do you think anyone ever imagined this when the Toyota Prius first came out? Hybrids were once pathetic little econo-boxes, but here is a 680hp Porsche Panamera with a hybrid system developed from the 918 hypercar. This is exactly how hybrid technology should be used. I want a 680hp bullet that can still get decent MPG when I’m not thrashing it. If nothing else, isn’t technology all about having your cake and eating it too?

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Stanced Mitsubishi Lancer Evo at First Class Fitment

Modified Mitsubishi Lancer Evo First Class Fitment 3

This Mitsubishi Evo was clean as hell. It looked a lot like that ridiculous Time Attack Evo from Forza Motorsport 3 that may have been the cause of a broken controller.

I’m not sure exactly what mods were done to this car, but it looks like one of those deadly Evos that might just be able to embarrass some pompous fool in a Ferrari.

Either way, it’s level of stance was on point for me. It’s low and flush enough to look great, but there’s still a little bit of room for the suspension to move.

The one question I really want to know, though, is:

Is that wing really functional for the car’s performance?

Enjoy the photos!

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Autocross and a random car show? Sounds like Sunday.

Neon 3 Wheelin

Sunday was a long day for me, the 1993 Miata, and my sunburned skin. When it’s 90 degrees outside, the first thing into my mind is to run back inside and cower underneath my air conditioner, unless I’m at the beach. There is no air conditioning in the Miata anymore, and at this NASA/MSNE autocross event up at MetLife Stadium (home of the Jets and the Giants, and probably Jimmy Hoffa), it was hot enough to fry eggs on the street and fry my nose and forehead to a nice, golden brown (red). Shane turned up too, in his silver Miata which makes my car look concours-fresh. Continue reading Autocross and a random car show? Sounds like Sunday.

Matt Farah drives a 900hp Mitsubishi Evo in Panama

This is the mythical “replacement for displacement” that muscle car folks always talk about, a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7 that has milked 900hp out of just a 2.0L four-banger. It does with 50psi of boost from a massive turbocharger, and my oh my, will it give the driver a right old kick up the rear.

What’s more, this car is located in Panama, not a country most people would think of first when a 900hp Evo is mentioned. The Drive Network team made it down there again to shoot more awesome films for their Tuned series, hosted by Matt Farah.

Great video, great car and a surprisingly great place. Enjoy the video.

-Nick

Spotted! Toothless Mitsubishi Eclipse, Penn. Turnpike

This is one sad Mitsubishi. One very toothless Mitsubishi. But that wing makes me cringe.

While on our way back from the fantastic D’Elegance at Hershey in central Pennsylvania, Nick and I passed by what is possibly one of the saddest-looking second-gen Eclipses ever.  I’m no fan of ricers and there was no way I wasn’t going to allow this car to go by un-noticed.  If there’s a missing picture definition of the word “cringe-worthy”, this should be the photo definition.  I couldn’t look away from it, and I am so sorry if anyone who reads this suddenly loses their appetite.  The fact that it has stock rims (which look to be off of a recent Lancer), a tacky body kit, and a useless wing are all compounded by the trashed front bumper.  Dear God I think I’m going to be sick.

Spotted by: Al and Nick

-Albert S. Davis

Why Suzuki is out of the car market in the USA, and why Mitsubishi is next.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X - Front Angle, 2008, 800x600, 2 of 164

The recession had a serious effect on the American automobile market.  We all know what happened to the Big Three.  However, there are a few small Japanese companies that are definitely worth mentioning because they seem to hang on either by a thread, or by a sizable rope, in the US domestic market.  Subaru, Mazda, Suzuki, and Mitsubishi are the four non-major Japanese players in the US market.  Well, they were.  One of these four announced late on November 5, 2012 that they were pulling their automotive arm from the US market.  So, allow me to say…and then there were three.  But soon, I think there will be two. Continue reading Why Suzuki is out of the car market in the USA, and why Mitsubishi is next.

Test Driven: 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart (8.5/10)

The Lancer Ralliart is the second born of the Mitsubishi clan, overshadowed in many ways by its older brother the Lancer Evolution. The Evo has made a huge name for itself in automotive performance over the years, and the Ralliart is clearly riding that wave in the market. It is placed to compete with Subaru’s WRX, but Mitsubishi waited 3 model generations into the US market before they finally produced a true, turbocharged competitor for the highly successful Subaru. What you see here is that car, the supposed “baby Evo”, but I will tell you right up front, that the Ralliart is far from that. It is something all its own, and it should be more widely recognized as such. This Ralliart belongs to my friend Josh, and he agreed to let me take the wheel for an afternoon to discover what it’s all about.     Continue reading Test Driven: 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart (8.5/10)

Street Wars 8

Photo by Dan Valanzola

We were in attendance for Street Wars 8. The show was a lot smaller than last year due to organizational issues, but there were still plenty of quality cars to see. Photos are by both myself and Dan Valanzola. Enjoy the gallery.   Continue reading Street Wars 8

Test Driven: 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8 (8/10)

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8

The Evo 8 was the first version of the famed Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution to hit US shores back in 2003, following the success of Subaru’s WRX Imprezas in years prior. The Evo was a different sort of animal though, offering 271hp to the WRX’s 227hp as well as a higher level of technology in its all wheel drive system. The Evo became the car to beat in 2003, so much so that Subaru decided to bring its WRX STi to the US for 2004. The Evo offers a simple but effective package; on the surface it is just a tweaked version of a Japanese economy sedan, but in its day it could also rival many serious performance cars like Porsche’s, M3s, and Corvettes. My friend Pete, has a 2005 Evo 8, and every so often he lets me get behind the wheel, so after a recent drive I finally felt like I had enough to put pen to paper on the car.    Continue reading Test Driven: 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 8 (8/10)