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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, Subaru Impreza STI GRB - It Takes Two To Tango

Two Foes Get The Runduce Treatment

Charles Trieu
Jun 17, 2010

Get Off In Two Pages Rivalry between the Lancer and Impreza go back for years. That fine line separating the two cars has even made tuners favor one or the other. Comparing the two top trim models, the Subaru Impreza STI and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution both are AWD, come with 2.0L engines (in Japan), turbocharged with about 300hp, have four doors, weigh close to 3400 pounds, are in the same price range and both are fantabulous when tons of money are thrown into them. With so much in common it's understandable that they're compared to one another. But at the same time, it makes no sense to favor one over the other. Runduce of Japan didn't make that decision; instead they chose to specialize in both.

The latest, and possibly last, Lancer Evo is the X. With its airplane fighter nose, sharp wide stance and potential dopeness, I wonder why I haven't bought one yet. Oh yeah, that's because I work here and can only afford a $2500 car with one mod every other year. But it's not so bad because the coffee here is great, the bathrooms don't smell and I work with hot slutty interns, NOT. So as badass as the Evo X is, Runduce pushed the envelope and installed an array of HKS goodies including a GT3240 turbo and F-Con V Pro. At the heart of it all is Toda Racing's big baller 2.3L stroker kit. Yes, much like yourself, I can only dream of parts like that.

For the STI, Runduce once again ditched the factory turbo for a replacement from HKS. This time around no displacement was used. The factory 2.0L Boxer displacement and another assortment of HKS goodies was enough to get this car blazing down the track. I'm not too fond of 5-door hatchbacks but with the Runduce body kit, I wouldn't mind taking this car out for some Del Taco. Previously on the older GDB Impreza, Runduce worked with Voltex for the aero kit. But for this newer chassis, Runduce's SSA (Super Street Aero) body kit was the result of a collab with Varis. This is exactly what the STI needed to give it that aggressive look.

Runduce knows tuners will have a hard time deciding between these two cars, so they decided to showcase both as demo cars. Both cars are fitted with a Runduce SSA body kit, SSD coilovers and a prototype titanium exhaust. On the inside, both cars are running Recaros, blue TS-G seats in the STI and red RS-G seats in the Evo. And both are rolling on 18'' Advan RS wheels wrapped in Advan Neova tires. Having two cars built similarly is probably the best way to compare them. But in the end only personal preference can really determine which is better. Whether you prefer the Evo or STI, it's hard to not appreciate both of Runduce's cars.

Tuning Menu
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
Owner Runduce
Hometown Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan
Occupation Parts
Manufacturer, Sales and service

Engine 2.3L Toda Racing stroker kit; HKS Racing Suction intake, intercooler, GT3240 turbo, GT II wastegate, VAC speed limiter and EVC5 boost controller; Runduce Octopus turbo manifold and titanium exhaust

Drivetrain
Exedy Twin Carbon Clutch system

Engine Management
HKS F-Con V Pro ECU

Footwork & Chassis
Runduce SSD' coilovers with SSD+ camper plates; Cusco sway bars

Brakes
Runduce SSP brake pads

Wheels & Tires
Yokohama Advan RS 18x10'' +35 wheels; Yokohama Advan Neova 265/35/18 tires

Exterior
Runduce front bumper, side skirts, rear diffuser, carbon hood, carbon trunk and GT wing

Interior
Recaro RS-G seats; Takata harnesses

Tuning Menu
Subaru Impreza STI GRB

Engine HKS GT2835 turbo, Metal Catalyzer, Racing Suction intake, Type R intercoooler, EVC boost controller, and VAC speed limiter; Trust oil cooler; Runduce titanium exhaust

Drivetrain
Carbonetic Triple Carbon clutch system

Engine management
HKS F-Con V Pro ECU

Footwork & Chassis
Runduce SSD' coilovers with SSD+ camper plates; Cusco sway bars

Brakes
Runduce SSP brake pads

Wheels & Tires
Yokohama Advan RS 18x9'' +35 wheels; Yokohama Advan Neova 245/40/18 tires

Exterior
Runduce front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper diffuser and hood

Interior

Recaro TS-G seats; Takata harnesses

www runduce.com, carbonetic.net, exedyusa.com, hksusa.com, mackinindustries.com, recaro.com, todaracingusa.com

By Charles Trieu
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