At the heart of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X is Mitsubishi's superb Super-All Wheel Control System or S-AWC for short.
How It Drove - Ride and Handling
At the heart of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X is Mitsubishi's superb Super-All Wheel Control System or S-AWC for short. The S-AWC is a vehicle dynamics control system that controls the Evo X's four vital systems, which comprises:
ACD (Active Centre Differential): The ACD uses an electronically-controlled hydraulic multi-plate clutch to optimise front/rear wheel torque split, producing the best balance between traction and steering response.
AYC (Active Yaw Control): The AYC uses a torque transfer mechanism in the rear differential to control rear wheel torque differential for different driving conditions and so limit the yaw movement that acts on the vehicle body, enhancing cornering performance. AYC now features yaw rate feedback control using a yaw rate sensor to more accurately determine the cornering dynamics on a real time basis. Furthermore, the addition of braking force control allows the system to mirror more closely the driver's intent.
Active Stability Control (ASC): (It can be disengaged) The ASC system stabilises vehicle attitude while maintaining optimum traction by regulating engine power and the braking force at each wheel. ASC elevates vehicle stability by suppressing skidding in an emergency evasion manoeuvre or due to other sudden steering inputs. It also improves traction under acceleration by preventing the driving wheels from spinning on slippery surfaces.
ABS: The ABS system allows the driver to maintain directional control and keeps the vehicle stable by preventing the wheels from locking under heavy braking or when braking on slippery surfaces. The addition of yaw rate sensors, steering sensors and brake pressure sensors to the Sport ABS system has improved braking performance through corners.
Then there is the AWC mode selector which allows you to control the mode best suited to the current road surface conditions: 'tarmac' for dry, paved surfaces - 'gravel' for wet or unmade surfaces and 'snow' for snow covered surfaces.
The handling tests the boundaries of the laws of physics, very few cars, especially on country 'B' roads could keep up with it. The steering is near perfect, well weighted with excellent feedback and it is very accurate and natural. And then there is the traction which makes it feel so planted on the road and left us wondering, if anything could unstick the Mitsubishi Evo X.
On UK roads to unsettle the Evo you need to be doing something rather stupid, your nerve will give before you rattle the Evo X FQ-360. But should you do it then the Evo X will tend to understeer whilst the S-AWC does its best to intervene. It is all a very controlled experience, perhaps a little too much for some tastes but you can disengage the ASC, if you are crazy.
The ride is rather good, not what you would expect of a rally derived car and if we are being very critical it is possibly a little too soft, if you are expecting your teeth to rattle.
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-360|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||4.1 Seconds|
|Top Speed||155 mph|
|Fuel Type||Unleaded Petrol|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||26.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / Unlimited miles|
|Price (when tested on the 01/09/09)||£39,999|