Alex is a car fan. If they are sports and Japanese, he is a big fan. But for him, who was the owner of the Nissan 350 Z, the dream was elsewhere, in a sacred grail of that kind. What is a Subaru Impreza GT? ‘No, we see too much. Its object is the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo, the last and last of the name, as the model has not been redesigned. So she put her Z in sales and went looking for a cheap model, and ended up getting her hands on it, in Belgium.
But why cross the border. So there was no Evo in France? “Because it’s cheaper there. Tax paid by customs duty, I got it for 26,000 euros, compared to 30,000 here”. Savings that allowed this municipal officer to afford some improvements. Thus, the front blade has been replaced by carbon and two smaller ones have been added on each side. As for the engine, nothing has changed. The barrier still delivers reliably 295hp with 360 Nm of torque.
Exhaust and rims are adjusted
On the other hand, the exhaust line has been changed. With rims. “It was 18 shares and I upgraded it to 19, with Pirelli P Zero tires.” But when driving this lovely assembly machine “with its four-wheel drive”, we do not have to benefit from these adjustments because we do not see them. So Alex set up his own booth.
On the dashboard, there is a fully customizable screen. In turn, three pressure gauges indicate pressure levels, also designed to be connected to the dashboard, as if they were natural. “You can easily find them on the Web, at the right size. You have to put them down and burn them”.
So Alex has been smiling for a year and a half as soon as he climbs into the Recaro seats of his Evo. Even if not every day. “I drive 50 miles every morning to get to work.” So he leaves his sports car in the garage and borrows a bigger car: a Peugeot 307 SW diesel. Thus, its Mitsubishi, which had a total of 120,000 kilometers at the time of its purchase, has spent 4,000 more today. The high cost of fuel and the excess of Evo 10 undoubtedly explains its use. everyday. As for the price of insurance, he wanted to cover his Japanese in all risks, “It costs me 100 euros a month”.
Despite the fact that Mitsubishi is reserved for weekends and entertainment, Alex will have to give it up. Not because he was tired, but because he plans to move and buy a bigger house in this beautiful corner of Oise where he lives with his family. A separation that will not be without problems, especially when he will have only his 307 to taste the pleasures of the road.
But in the corner of his head, Alex already knows that he will dive back one day or another and that his passion for cars will take over, in other words: Honda Civic Type R. It’s not the latest style, “but those 8, one before the appearance of Turbo”. When you become addicted to Japanese sports, you may not get enough of it.