As I mentioned a little while back Mitsubishi USA was kind enough to loan me a Evolution X MR not only to drive to SEMA in but also to tool around town a bit to see what I thought of it. I’m going to start off with my impressions on the car’s looks, because well, we’re all a bit superficial in that way aren’t we? Just me? Whatever, let’s move on…
The first thing to note is that this isn’t a “regular” Evo X (AKA Evo X GSR). This is an MR edition which stands for “Mitsubishi Racing” from what I surmise. However if anything the MR is more subtle in appearance than its brother. Gone is the giant wing normally found on the GSR, as well as the contrasting black grille which is color matched on our particular car. Also instead of the aggressive Enkei wheels found on the GSR the MR features BBS RGR-esque wheels.
The Evo X’s body lines do hold on to some of its inherent aggression which gives the MR trim a sense of reserved strength. Almost as if to say “I have nothing to prove to you.” Personally, I dig that.
The interior in the MR that I received was fully loaded with all the options. There is leather all around, including the SST shift knob and emergency brake handle. I got the full 710 watt Rockford Fostgate sound system complete with subwoofer enclosure in the trunk and touch screen navigation system, as well as the obligatory Recaro bucket seats.
Based on the price point ($37,995), performance (which we’ll get into in another post), and toned down looks one could assume that Mitsubishi is going after the BMW 335i buyer. Based on the superficial aspect alone I would say that the Mitsubishi is at least on the same level as the 335i but that is a subjective area. I love BMW’s but the current 3 series is a bit vanilla so looks wise I’d say the Mitsubishi Evo X MR edges out the BMW just a bit.
In the next post I’ll get into the performance aspects of the MR as well as my experience driving it to Las Vegas and back. Stay tuned!