Comparative Essay: Subaru Impreva VS. Lancer Evolution: Tuned 'n' Turbo'd

Essay by nezfotnemomCollege, UndergraduateA+, April 2004

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Tuned 'n' Turbo'd

The market for performance cars in the last decade has been broad and vast. Unfortunately for some competition, this is changing. In this field of racing, two cars stand out amongst the competition: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and the Subaru Impreza WRX STi. While Honda, Nissan, and various other cars are in the same class, what stands out are All Wheel Drive and turbo-charging. "Upon learning a few years ago that the Mitsubishi Evolution was coming to our shores, one of our editors was so elated he said he felt like "'running through the streets of New York City in my underwear, shouting, 'The Evo is coming! The Evo is coming!" Should you drive Mitsubishi's Lancer Evolution, you, too, may get infected with such unbridled enthusiasm'" (DiPietro). Though both the Impreza and the Lancer are sleek and stylish inside, there are a few new improvements that make them the best.

In addition to the improvements, there are a few reasons that make the 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR slightly better than the 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STi. Though trailing slightly behind in power; handling and suspension plus style make the 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VIII MR better than its Subaru competitor.

In racing today, horsepower, torque, and other motor specifications are the most important. For example, the new Subaru Impreza WRX STI comes with a 2.5-liter DOHC boxer engine produces 300-hp and 300 lb-ft of torque which is turbocharged and intercooled. While the Impreza sports the 2.50-litre DOHC, the Evolution has a less powerful 2.0-litre engine. However, despite the smaller motor, the Evolution stays head to head with the Impreza. At 6000rpm, the Impreza pulls off an impressive 300bhp. Though the Evolution has a 271bhp, it runs at 6500rpm, giving a little more boost. In...