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Army May 24, 2012
If you can think of a
witty caption for the
picture at left, email
au with "caption
comp May 24" as
the subject. Try to
keep entries under
25 words and
include your name,
rank and unit.
SAY AGAIN, OVER
Last edition's winning entry
"The Afghanistan Hokey Pokey com-
petition starts to heat up."
WO2 Eddie Brennan
Multinational Force and Observers
We also liked
"Worst jumping castle, ever"
Sgt Warren Dunn
127 Sig Tp
By Bob Dikkenberg
Fast but not furious
Engine: 2.0-litre four cylinder turbo
Transmission: Six-speed dual-
clutch auto with
paddles and sport
Fuel use: 10.1L/100km
Price: From $74,890 before on-
Sgt Andrew Hetherington
EVERYONE knows Mitsubishi's
Lancer Evolution is a fast car, but it
never ceases to amaze with how eas-
ily it handles tight and twisty tarmac
Anyone piloting the 217kW 2012
Mitsubishi Evo 10 sedan comes to
recognise frenetic urgency of how
it delivers its power through its four
wheels via the six-speed twin clutch,
paddle shift gearbox.
If left in sport mode for longer than
20 minutes, it could actually be a little
No doubt the computer was pro-
grammed to provide a performance
hit, but the Evo seemed like it was
always searching for the perfect gear
to accelerate at light speed.
It defies logic how a car which can
transport five people in relative com-
fort and quietness can perform like
this with so little body roll during cor-
Front seat passengers in this test
vehicle were fortunate to be anchored
in place by one of the best items pro-
vided on the optional performance
pack list -- Recaro leather seats.
They'd definitely keep your eating
habits in check.
The other impressive items in the
performance pack include Brembo
brakes, Bilstein shocks and Eibach
springs, enabling the Evo to repeat-
edly stop from high speeds with little
brake fade and to maintain grip levels
through high-speed cornering.
There was a lot to like about the
Evo, but one aspect I thought was bor-
dering on unacceptable was its fuel
economy and the resulting travelling
During the test I spent 15 minutes
sweating buckets, driving conserva-
tively, trying to find the nearest servo
when the fuel gauge began flashing
and lost all of its quirky coloured LCD
bars. Staring at the trip meter I sud-
denly realised I would only get about
300km to a tank.
Take note before you purchase
an Evo 10 as your only transport --
you're going to spend plenty of time
and money at the bowser. I admit I put
the car through some spirited driving
scenarios, but only 300km to a tank is
hard to accept.
The 2012 Evo MR sedan was a
hard-core, but surprisingly comfort-
able driving experience.
It handled like a big go-kart and
had the heart of a sprinter, willing to
get occupants to where they needed to
go in a hurry.
But it's not cheap. Buyers will pay
more than $75,000 before on roads for
the MR model test car with the perfor-
mance pack, which seems pricey when
compared to its main Japanese com-
petitor's similar performance offering.
However, if you are in the mar-
ket for a vehicle which oozes street
cred, can outperform almost any other
brand in a sprint off the line at the
traffic lights and carve up a twisty
road with the efficiency of a sushi
chef, then the Evo 10 should be at the
top of your list.
High performance: The Lancer Evo 10 loves windy
roads. Inset, Recaro seats and other performance
highlights help the interior, but hard plastics and
budget trim serve as a constant niggle to buyers once
they realise they've paid $75,000 for a Lancer.
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