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Mitsubishi is holding on to the saving grace of its lineup, the Lancer Evolution. This four-door all-terrain rocket has arrived for the 2014 model year with minor updates and some new pricing.

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New amenities include a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, HD radio, SiriusXM with a 3-month subscription, and an available 7-inch touchscreen with real-time traffic updates and 3D terrain mapping. Some nice options to be sure, but most Mitsubishi fans are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the next-generation machine.

The 2014 Evo will be offered up in one of the two familiar trims. There’s the GSR, which comes equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox and starts at suggested retail price of $35,820, including an $825 destination charge. The Evo MR boasts a paddle-shifted twin-clutch gearbox and a starting retail price of $39,020, also including destination.

Options include a $2,150 Touring pack that adds niceties such as leather trim, heated seats, a powered sunroof and rain-sensing wipers. Then there’s the $2,000 Sight & Sound, which adds HID headlights, a Rockford Fosgate Punch premium sound system and Fast Key Entry System. Premium paint will add $250 to the car’s sticker.

Both cars come powered by a 291-horsepower turbocharged four-banger that also cranks out 300 pound-feet of torque. All of that power is routed out to each corner by way of the Super All-Wheel-Control all-wheel-drive system.

For around $40,000 you’re getting a car that is a truly potent performing machine. It’s a wonderful car paired with a mediocre interior, minus the Recaro seats and, we’re assuming, the new touchscreen. The Evo is in desperate need of a refresh, and rumor has it that the next Evo could arrive in GT-R fighting trim packing 500 horsepower. We can only hope that’s the case because we probably won’t hear anything for another year.

 

Year: 2014
price: $35000
Engine: inline-4
Transmission: 5-Speed Manual (6-Speed Auto Opt.)
Horsepower @ RPM: 291 @ 6500
MPG(Cty): 17
MPG(Hwy): 23
Torque @ RPM: 300 @ 4000
Displacement: 2.0 L
Curb Weight: 3527 lbs.
0-60 time: 4.9 sec.
Top Speed: 146 mph
Layout: Front Engine, All-Wheel Drive

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