I've dedicated much of my time and weekends tooling around in the garage with aspirations of building my '03 Subaru WRX into a competitive street car that any Subie aficionado would be proud to own. Even after experiencing two blown headgaskets, and an unfortunate case of spun bearings, the Subie I managed to put countless man-hours into still remains in my possession with no intentions of selling.
It's been months since I've managed to turn a wrench on the boxer engine as it now sits patiently in storage, awaiting a new transplant. Until that day arrives, I take to the streets in my $1,500 gas-guzzling '90 Lexus LS400. You know, the same car you take enjoyment in destroying on the arcade hit Street Fighter II. VIP pimp status you ask? I think not. Rolling around in a 3,850-pound deathtrap with blown suspension and suspect motor/tranny mounts is enough to tighten anyone's butt cheeks while traveling in excess of 80 mph. So when I see my girlfriend boosting away in her Evo IX MR while she sheepishly jaw jacks to me about the Evo's horsepower and obtaining the perfect wheel offsets without having to flare her fenders, well... I tend to get a little jealous-and for all the right reasons. Honestly, I drive a tank with a Lexus badge while she's boosting along on the streets. Can you feel the pain people? Subie owner I am, but there's no denying that I catch myself in admiration of the Evo IX and its superior handling, stout engine platform and appealing looks. It's a crying shame that the IX's production had to end. But with every death, there comes the birth of a vehicle that's poised to be greater and more improved than it's predecessor-namely the Evo X.
Less than a month ago, not much was known about the Evo X and the engineering that went into creating the new 4B11T powerplant. Some may argue that the 2.0L engine pales in comparison to the 4G63 while others say it's the best thing Mitsubishi ever engineered for the street. Upon analyzing some confidential information that Tomei Powered of Japan had reverse engineered the complete 4B11T engine assembly, our doubts were quickly put to rest. The detailed analysis of how the 4B11T was engineered in comparison to the previous 4G63 was a fascinating insight into how Mitsubishi had taken something good and made it even better. I still love my Subie but who says I won't press my luck at buying an Evo X.