If the inevitable Subaru/Mitsubishi scrap includes an aesthetic judgement, then the Evolution X will steal an early victory. The Evo is based on the Lancer, itself a sharply and neatly styled car. Design changes to make it an Evo are all functional, but they end up seeming cohesively integrated into the basic, quite aggressive design.

All Evos come equipped with excellent adaptive bi-xenon headlamps and a huge rear wing. The latter improves the car’s aerodynamic properties, but does impinge on rearward visibility. There’s the usual selection of functional cooling vents in the front wings and bonnet, but it’s the front bumper that most sets the Evo apart.

The increased torsional rigidity - up 39 percent - is a key reason for the Evo's improved handling

It has a repositioned front numberplate to improve airflow to the radiator and front-mounted intercooler, and there’s a pair of suitably large and loud exhausts exiting from both corners of the rear bumper. Multi-spoke alloy wheels measuring 18in and 350mm ventilated discs gripped by Brembo calipers complete the visual impact.

The Evo X’s torsional rigidity is up 39 percent over its predecessor. It has a 25mm longer wheelbase and 30mm wider track, and the battery has been relocated to the boot to improve weight distribution. Once again, the Evo has an aluminium bonnet, wings and roof. Suspension is by MacPherson strut at the front, multi-link at the rear.

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