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2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Compact Sport Sedan

New Car Review of the 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Compact Sport Sedan.

Description: Compact Sport Sedan
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A street-legal version of Mitsubishi's hot new rally-racing sedan comes to America as the Lancer Evolution.

Nicknamed 'Evo' in rally racing circles and on the Internet in aficionado chat rooms, the sport sedan looks ready to tear down the block with the bulging air scoop on the hood, curvy air dam up front, pontoon-style fenders, Enkei high-strength alloy wheels capped by Yokohama ADVAN high-grip tires, a carbon-fiber spoiler on the tail.

The driver's-oriented cockpit is fitted with bolstered Recaro sport bucket seats, leather-wrapped Momo three-spoke steering wheel and rally-style round gauges in the instrument panel with black faces and vivid red letters. There's a five-speed manual stick on the console ringed by trim that looks like brushed titanium. And to retard all of the power stoked below the Evo hood, there are four big Brembo brand ventilated disc brakes tied to four-channel ABS and electronic brake force distribution (EBD).

But the heart of Evo is its power-pumping engine. The 2.0-liter four-in-line -- a turbo-charged and inter-cooled version of the 4G63 plant propelling every edition of the Lancer Evolution rally racer -- serves up 271 hp.

Mitsubishi packages Evolution with a long list of standard equipment. It comes with air conditioning, power windows and door locks, keyless entry and 140-watt audio system with CD deck and six speakers. The carbon-fiber spoiler and a power sunroof are the only options.