You can order the all-new 2015 Subaru WRX STI now, and the last-generation 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution will be launching later this year. Both Rally-bred performance cars are worthy of consideration if you are looking for true race-tested all-wheel-drive performance car. But this is the last time the two cars will be offered together in the same model year, because Mitsubishi is dropping the Lancer EVO after the 2015 model year. So this is the last chance to compare the two iconic cars side by side. Which performance car would you buy?
2015 SUBARU WRX STI Sedan ($34,495)
- Engine: 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder Subaru Boxer
- Horsepower: 305 HP @ 6,000 rpm
- Power to weight ratio: 11.1 lbs/HP
- Torque: 290 lb ft. @ 4,000 rpm
- All-wheel-drive: Symmetrical AWD with helical limited-slip front, Torsen limited slip rear and electronically controlled center differentials
- Transmission: 6-speed manual
- Electronic Torque Vectoring VDC: Standard
- Driver Control Systems:
2014 Mitsubishi EVO GSR Sedan ($34,995)
- Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
- Horsepower: 291 HP @ 6,500 rpm
- Power to weight ratio: 12.1 lbs/HP
- Torque: 300 lb ft. @ 4,000 rpm
- All-wheel-drive: S-AWC AWD with open front, electronically controlled center and rear differentials
- Transmission: 5-speed manual, or Twin-Clutch Sportronic Shift Transmission (TC-SST). Automatic available only on the MR model ($38,195)
- Electronic Torque Vectoring VDC: Standard via Active Yaw Control
Sure there are other cars out in this category, but do they really match up with these two rally-tested performance cars? The other cars on the list could include the 256 hp 2014 VW Golf R 5-door that comes with the 4 Motion permanent AWD system, the 220 hp 2014 Audi A4 2.0T Sedan with Quattro AWD and the 300 hp 2014 BMW 335i xDrive Sedan with xDrive AWD.
Subaru WRX STI and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution are close enough in terms of power and torque and their off-road all-wheel-drive capabilities, that it makes this a difficult choice to make if you don’t have allegiances to one brand. Both performance cars have been rally-tested since the early to mid 90s and have the pedigree to make them worthy of consideration. And both have received plenty of WRC championships between them to fill a trophy case. Which Rallycar would you park in your garage? Or if you wouldn’t choose either one, which performance car are you putting in your garage? Tell us your choice and why you think it’s the best.
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