Subaru STI or Mitsubishi Evolution: Which Would You Buy?
The automotive world is chock full of great car rivalries, not to mention legions of fans willing to support their respective marque and model. While each car draws its expected ire from opposing fans, few cars can polarize a crowd quite like the Subaru STI and Mitsubishi Evolution. We're not about to claim a winner between either of those two tuner legends, but we would like to hear why you'd buy one over the other. So we found two fairly unmolested examples – a 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX STI and a 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution MR. We want to know: if it were your money, which would you buy? RELATED: Check out the sinister 2015 Subaru WRX STI At their core, and reflective of many great rivalries, both cars build off the same general recipe: four doors, four cylinders, big turbochargers, and all-wheel-drive. They just deliver in two unique ways. The Impreza STI first debuted in 1994, and boasted big power from its flat-four. But the WRX and STI really started to get on with fans in 1995, when rally legend Colin McRae danced his Prodrive-built Impreza 555 to a WRC manufacturer's title. And then he did it again in '96, and then again in '97. The reverence hasn't dissipated one bit. Lower mileage and unmolested STIs are getting harder and harder to find. This 2004 Subbie looks to be a highly clean example, though mileage is getting a bit up there at 128,500 ticks on the clock. Underneath the hood, the boosted 2.5-liter flat-four chucks out an even 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels. It's hard to do wrong with the classic gold-on-blue color combination. RELATED: Take a closer look at the futuristic Mitsubishi XR Evolution Concept As with any great rivalry rooted in racing, the tides shift and a new boy gets a crack at the title. Finnish rally driver Tommi Mäkinen was effectively that person, and the Lancer Evolution was his weapon. Mäkinen fought his way to the WRC driver's title in 1996, '97, '98 and '99, as well as the manufacturer's title during the '98 season. The 2.0-liter Evolution had firmly made its stamp on rallying. This 2006 Evolution MR signals the end of the breed to boast the heralded 4G63 engine. A downside? This one looks to have a bit more nip-and-tuck than the Subaru. The seller notes a new JDM rear bumper, cat-back exhaust, and competition clutch. However mileage is significantly lower at only 51,100 and the 'MR' designation means you get the six-speed gearbox, aluminum BBS wheels, and Bilstein shocks. Which would you buy? RELATED: Mitsubishi's swan-song Evolution is as hardcore as ever _____________________________________ Click Here to Read the Original Article on BoldRide