Mitsubishi Evo Vs Subaru Impreza WRX STI has to be one of the fiercest rivalries in modern automotive history.
Both models are fantastic cars that offer incredible performance, pace, traction and all-round ability for an attractive price.
If you’re looking for a car designed to get you from A to B as fast as possible whilst not losing practicality then look no further than these 2 rivals.
Where to start …
The Mitsubishi Evolution is more pleasing to the eye than the Subaru Impreza although neither car comes with high class looks. It’s what’s under the bonnet that looks pretty. Both cars are packed full of high class speed – big power, big brakes and big tyres. Definitely not a car for the faint hearted.
The Evo originated from the Mitsubishi Lancer but now its back, bigger and better than ever. The Evo now boosts an all-new turbocharged 2.0 engine kicking out an impressive 295 bhp and 300 pound-feet of torque.
It also comes packed full of technology, including a four-wheel drive with three electronic programs for the centre differential, yaw control and a trick rear axle that splits power from side to side. Pretty cool eh?
The Subaru on the other hand goes the turbo-four route, using the same 2.5 horizontally opposed engine as in the previous Impreza STI – while a heavy-duty, short-throw, six-speed box transfers power to all wheels.
The Impreza has returned with sharper handling and aggressive styling and communicates magnificently thanks to the hydraulic assisted power-steering. Updates include a larger intercooler and new cylinder heads, and the resultant output comes in at a bursting 305 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque.
The STI has its own little bag of tricks too, a three-mode engine-control knob and a centre differential that splits the torque front to rear, depending on three automatic or 6 manual settings controlled by the driver.
The Evo has less horsepower than the Subaru and is almost 200 pounds in weight heavier, but it still manages to do 0 to 60mph in under 5 seconds, 4.6 to be exact!
The torque peak of the Evo occurs at a higher rpm than the STI’s, but the seat of our pants tells us the Evo has more torque at lower rpm.
Now if you like a car that’s on the quiet side, the Evo might not be the car for you.
Unfortunately the noise from the engine is extremely present, and if that isn’t bad enough it the racket continues to bounce off the roof of your vehicle hitting your ears for a second time!
However, don’t let that put you off just yet! There are plenty of pros to owning an Evo too! The Evo clings to the road and I met literally, regardless of the weather conditions.
The stiff brake pedal is more communicative too, and the brakes don’t ever seem to fade.
Both the Evo and the Subaru are without a doubt, reliable, capable cars, so if you want to get somewhere in a hurry either one would be the right car for you.
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