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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
  • Price: $34,695

Tuners shorthand the name of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution to just "Evo." Like the Subaru WRX, Evo cut its teeth on the rally circuit. Its all-wheel drive and sport-tuned suspension lock it to the pavement as though nailed there.

"Mitsubishi really made the tuner community in this country wait for the Evo," Gonzalez says. "Drivers who love performance, like Evo fanatic Jackie Chan, love this car. And what's not to love? This is AWD-powered by a lightweight, all-aluminum, turbocharged engine. By the time the first Evo finally hit the market here, it was the eighth generation of the sedan in Japan. Can you imagine what we missed?"

Driving all of the wheels via a short-throw, five-speed manual transmission is a 291-horsepower, 2-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Standard gear includes Recaro front bucket seats and Brembo brakes.

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