Fast Four #7
Another fantastic four with an impeccable performance pedigree, the tenth incarnation of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution offers its special brand of four-door, all-wheel-drive excitement in GSR, MR and new-for-2010 MR Touring trims. While a 290-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter motivates all Evos and Brembo binders supply abundant stopping power, the MRs pair their Super-All Wheel Control, Active Center Differential 4-wheel drive and Active Yaw Control rear differential with a paddle-shifted six-speed twin-clutch automated transmission in place of the GSR's conventional five-speed manual. Ticking the MR box also brings even-edgier suspension upgrades headed by Bilstein shocks, Eibach springs and BBS forged-alloy wheels. Topping the Evo range, the primo MR Touring wraps its Recaro buckets in leather instead of cloth and gets a standard power moonroof. Got the busted-budget blues? The Lancer Ralliart makes a great Evolution alternative, in sedan or five-door Sportback form. Packing a high-spirited 237-horse turbo four and the Evo IX's all-wheel drive system, this more affordable/insurable thrill ride costs nearly $7,000 less than a base Evo GSR model.