We might have some cars enthusiast in this community so here it is. I'm looking forward to buy a nice performance car. Right now I'm looking at 2 models the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X and the Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
I found out last week at a car show in Montreal that the battery of the EVO is in the trunk!?! What the heck is a battery doing in the trunk (if it's not for a boosted radio system). Anyway, that was not the biggest surprise of the EVO. The biggest one is that the windshield washer refuel is in the trunk!?!?!?!?!?!?! How many times do you put windshield washer everywhere when you refuel it even if it is very accessible? Now it's in the corner of the trunk and you don't have enough space to empty the refuel bottle because of the top of the trunk. I found out they had to do that to let some place for the turbo under the hood. The first impression I had when I saw that is that the vehicule has not been optimized correctly. When I see some choices like the ones I stated above, I think this car has been butched Just to put more horsepower... If we stop looking at the mechanical parts and only talk about performance, well the EVO X is very nice. Moreover, it is a very nice looking car!
On the other hand, the STI did a very good impression on the mechanical side. Subaru I think has a patent on flat engines which have, in my opinion, the best engine architecture for 4 cylinders. This architecture allow you to put all the LRUs (stuff that you may have to change during the life of the vehicule) right on top and are very accessible. The turbo is way more efficient because the intake, intercooler and compressor are very close which result in very few tubing for the turbo (unlike the EVO that has a lot of tubing due to its "patch" design). On the mechanical side, I give a 10/10 for the STI. On the performance, the only down point against the EVO is that it under steer which means that the tires in front start sliding quite early. I think this problem may be fix quite easily with a torsion bar though.
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