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2014 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR Review

Stylish, Fast, Fun to Drive, and Affordable!
 
 

 
 
by Philippa Lane 

 

Style, comfort, speed, and a fun on the road experience is what you can expect when you get behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR, also known as the "EVO" is a powerful all-wheel-drive turbocharged, five-passenger vehicle that is a modified version of the Lancer. Equipped with a 5-speed manual transmission, a four cylinder 291 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, and 300 ft torque, the Lancer Evolution GSR is built for the sports sedan enthusiast. It exhibits all of the features a high powered sports car should have- bold styling, excellent handling, sporty interior, and quick on the road performance.

The Lancer Evolution, or Evo, is available in two trims- GSR and MR. Both trim levels are fitted with a powerful 291 horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, however, there are some differences between the models. The GSR has a 5-speed manual transmission and a large rear spoiler, while the MR has a 6-speed twin clutch Sportronic transmission, paddle shifters, and a more modest rear spoiler.

The performance features of the GSR include a sport-tuned suspension, 18-inch aluminum wheels with performance tires, while the MR is further outfitted with Eibach springs, Bilstein shocks and exclusive forged aluminum wheels.

Standard features for the GSR include Recaro seats, Brembo brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, cruise control, sports fabric interior, a 6-speaker 140-watt AM/FM/CD audio system with a 6.1 inch touch screen, SiriusXM Satellite radio with a free three-month trial, power windows, mirrors, and locks, remote keyless entry, fog lights, connectivity, voice recognition system, MP3 capability, auto-off reflector halogen headlights, USB port, rear diffuser with dual exhaust outlet, high-contrast instruments with silver bezels, shift knob, color LCD multi-information display, covered cup holders, and a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel. Bluetooth connectivity, a 710-watt 9-speaker Rockford-Fosgate audio system, and HID headlamps are optional.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR handles highways, curvy roads, and city streets with ease, accelerates quickly, drives fast, and has a firm feel on the road. Braking is superb, steering is sharp, and air conditioning, heating, and other controls are easy to access with superb functionality. The Rockford-Fosgate Sound System produces high quality audio that is crisp, clear, and enjoyable. Rear seating provides ample leg room for tall passengers, but the trunk area is somewhat small, yet still big enough to carry medium to large cargo items. The seats sit lower than a conventional sedan, giving the EVO a sporty-race car feel.

Standard features include 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, stability and traction control, a tire pressure monitoring system, driver knee airbags, front, front side-impact, and an overhead curtain, front seatbelts with pre-tensioners and force limiters for additional protection. Rear seats integrate child safety seat tethers and anchors. Available all-wheel control enhances safety in slippery conditions. In 2012, the Lancer was awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick, with the best rating in high-speed frontal impact, rear impact, and high-speed side impact.

If you are squeamish and you don't want to feel any traction when you are driving or if you are looking for a luxury vehicle, this is not the car for you. It is perfectly normal to "feel the road" while driving the Lancer Evolution GSR and it has been designed to have a sporty feel verses a conventional one. The Lancer Evolution GSR is a high performance vehicle with 300 lbs. of torque and goes from zero to 60 mph in just 5 seconds. This legendary sedan was created from the world of rallying with a rally-bred drive train and high quality parts, such as Brembo Brakes, BBS Wheels, and Recaro Bucket Leather Seats.

The Lancer Evolution GSR is not your normal family vehicle or a luxury sedan. It is a beautiful, sporty, race car which is surprisingly suitable for both men and women who can appreciate its unique quality, design, strength, and high performance.

I was given the wonderful opportunity to drive the Lancer Evolution GSR for a week and when I first saw it, I thought, "Oh my, what a beautiful vehicle!" It definitely looks like a race car with its aggressive scooped seats, racer styled snout, oversized rear spoiler, and angular headlights. When I sat in the driver's seat of the EVO, I noticed the quality of the upholstery and how the contoured sides hugged my body, offering a secure feel. The interior of the car is luxuriously appointed and rich looking with black, shiny paneling across the front dashboard and chrome accents, which all give the vehicle a regal, classy, and elegant appearance, definitely not cheap.

The 2014 Lancer GSR delivers 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway, so while it is fun to drive, it is not considered to be fuel-efficient, however, that is expected due to the vehicle's power and mechanical design.

The Lancer Evolution GSR has a starting MSRP of $34,495, which makes it one of the most inexpensive turbocharged sports vehicles on the road today and in my opinion, it is well worth the price.

So, if you are looking for a high performance car that is sporty, looks good, is fun to drive, luxuriously appointed, comfortable, stylish, and drives very fast, then the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR is a wonderful choice.

To find out more about the Lancer Evolution GSR, please visit- www.mitsubishicars.com

  

Philippa Lane is an automotive writer, expert author for Ezine Articles, and staff writer for Cable Muse Network, LLC.