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New cars: What the critics say

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution GSR

Autoweek
The 10th-generation Evolution “would leave even Charles Darwin befuddled” by its latest evolutionary leap. This 2-0 liter, 295- hp turbocharged four-cylinder brute now comes equipped with an impressive array of electronic controls that govern brakes, steering, and stability. The new five-speed transmission offers three different driving experiences— normal, sport, and S-sport—“each allowing automatic or manual shifting.”

Road & Track
What a beast, “with the face of a bull shark getting ready to bite its prey.” Weighing in at 3,345 pounds, the fivespeed manual Evo goes from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds, and reaches 100 mph in 13.8 seconds. The twin-clutch transmission, similar to that found in Audis, provides “super-fast” shifting via paddles behind the steering wheel.

Car & Driver
Updating an icon is “an unenviable task,” and the Evo X will not make Evo IX fans happy. Earlier incarnations were faster and lighter, and the new steering lacks “the high-wire responsiveness” of its predecessor. Like the rest of us, the Evo has just grown up. If the old raw power is gone, the new Evo still “drives like nothing else in the world.”

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