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Mitsubishi Evo X goes on sale

CNET Car Tech blogs that the Mitsubishi Evo X goes on sale October 1, at Japanese dealerships.

Mitsubishi Evo X
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That's right, the 10th generation of the World Rally Car version of the Mitsubishi Lancer, a car made famous by enthusiasts and in video games, goes on sale today, October 1. But it will only be available at Japanese dealerships. Still, the timing suggests that we won't have to wait too long in the U.S., maybe just the amount of time for a cargo load to cross the Pacific. Also, one of the top features we are looking forward to, the dual clutch SST transmission, won't be available until November, so Christmas isn't coming early this year.

About the car, Mitsubishi states the "development goal for the new Lancer Evolution X was to make the car as fast as possible". In our book, that's a very estimable goal. Mitsubishi redesigned everything about the car, from body to powertrain to interior. Its engine is still an intercooled turbocharged 2-liter four cylinder, but it has been reengineered for more efficiency and power output. It even has 50 percent fewer emissions than the previous version. The Evo X's all-wheel-drive system has driver-selectable Tarmac, Gravel, and Snow modes, to fine-tune the grip and response.

You can also get the car with Mitsubishi's full raft of cabin electronics, which include hands-free Bluetooth cell phone integration, navigation, and a hard drive-based music server. We've seen this system in the regular Mitsubishi Lancer, and came away very impressed. If you can't wait for U.S. delivery, a fully loaded Evo X with the SST transmission will set you back about $32,380.

Click here for photos of the Mitsubishi Evo X.