Mitsubishi dealerships are coming to Canada in 2002, the Lancer will be available to us in 2003. The lancer is seriously a kick-ass car. Can't wait till I see people roaming around with this around my area.
American sports cars? Go and check out the British made Noble M12 GTO then you'll know what a real sports car is!
The Mitsubishi Evolutions and Subarus are serious 4-wheel drive automobiles which have been winning World Rally Championships for years. American cars were and are still NOT designed with the demands of rally racing as parameters. United States sports cars are not made using the same philosophy, therefore, there is no argument. These amazing Japanese machines produce 300 horsepower from a two liter engine, then transfer all that power through three differentials to four driving wheels. And we're referring to cars that are daily drivers which have been running 0-60 times in the 4-5 second bracket for the past 8 years without breaking. America sends the 7th fleet to get that kind of power.
I haven't driven either an EVO 6 or a Noble (nearest I have been is a Subaru RB5), but I'm sure that any of us 'mortals' would be very happy to own either of them. I am however a member of the Mitsubishi Lancer register & do plan to swap my current Honda Integra Type-R for either a Tommi Makinen 6.5 EVO or an EVO 7. I too have read many road tests (& seen tests on TV) about the fact that although quick, the US cars don't handle very well - & this is one of the REASONS that the EVO cars exist to be the masters of (AYC on EVO 4 - 6 & Super AYC on EVO8). Long live the ultra reliable, mega fast & super sticky EVOs :)
Horsepower isn't everything that's needed to out accelerate any other car. American car companies are just understanding this paradigm. There is factors such as: efficient delivery of power to the wheels (no tire spinning allowed here), grip, stability, body rigidity, aerodynamic drag, shaft spinning mass... etc. This is why a 400Hp Mustang has trouble fighting off an EVO. And so, Mustangs are good sports cars, but not as refined as EVOs, and performance is all about refinement not brute force.
Yes indeed... long live refined engineering! and long live the EVOLUTIONS.
The Evolution 6? well what can I say? I have been in an evo 6 and let me tell this peace of machine flies. it sticks to the ground like a magnet. before I knew it we were at 160kmh. it was breath taking. very good ride.
The Noble is also a seriously fast car, and will out perform an EVO. But I still prefer the EVO for its in-your-face looks.
An EVO is very quick at accelerating from standstill, yet the Noble is good at this and extremely quick when accelerating through the gears.
Most US sports cars are too hevy to compete with the Noble and EVO, and that is why they have high BHP.
This is true, but it is too bad that the US cannot compete with Japan. I would really like to see and American rally car I think evreyone would be suprised.
It's been a while since an American car could even challenge at Pikes Peak Colorado. I think a Celica still holds the record since 94. Jap cars are engineered amazingly.
American cars are built for straight line speed as roads are just like that in the U.S. Imagine a Corvette against an EVO or Scooby through a good old English country lane. No chance muscle car!