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My local dealer just got a SST Evo X and I got to test drive it yesterday. My first impression, "OMFG, I should've waited!" I dunno if you guys have played games like Gran Turismo, but it felt like I was playing that game while driving.
I drove the car ONLY in the Sport & S-Sport range since I could care less about the standard D range.
SPORT Range
In this range it would automatically shift at around 3500 rpm, the shifting was smooth but it still gives that "clutch/torque converter slipping" type of feeling of an automatic transmission. It was the same even while shifting using the paddle shifter. Downshifting was extremely smooth (again it would give you that slight slipping feeling), it would match the RPMs for you so there is no need for the "heel & toe" action like in a manual transmission while downshifting.
S-SPORT Range
This is the mode that gave me that GT5 feeling. According to the sales rep, they are told by Mitsubishi not to let customers try this mode for safety reasons. The sales rep trusted me so he let me try it out. As soon as I changed the mode the sales rep held onto the "Oh sh!t" handle on the pillar. The first thing I did was stop light racing, I was able to take the car to about 7000rpm in 3rd gear. After that he asked me not to do that again since he could get in trouble:p
In this range it would automatically shift at around 7000 rpm, there is a slight shock while shifting which feels more direct than the SPORT range. It was the same for shifting with the paddles and the clutch slip feeling was gone. Downshifting was smooth but it gave a slight shock since it was more direct and again the cluth slip feeling was gone.

Over all impression
It was really fun driving, a new "video game" like experience. The acceleration didn't feel much different than mine. The start felt a little more sluggish but I guess the shifting makes up for that. I was able to take the car on a winding road and my impression there was.... a little hard to shift at times. With your hands in the neutral position (10 o'clock & 2 o'clock position) and the steering wheel turned about 70 degrees, it's a little hard to shift using the paddles. But I guess that'll just take a little time getting used to or you could just let it shift automatically. To tell you the truth, if I owned the car, I would probably use it in the D range 99% of the time. The paddle shifting may be fun at first but I might get bored of it.
At first my impression was "I should've waited for the SST", but now (a day later), I feel that the SST may take the fun out of my driving. I actually like downshifting in a manual trans while "heel & toeing" and matching the rpms manually. A manual trans makes me feel more "in control" than the SST. Now that the dust has settled within me, I felt I made the right choice with the manual trans. Please note that this is just my 2 cents of impression, others may look at it differently.

Now this is a little about my self, I'm a Japanese/American living in Japan. My father was in the US Army and I've traveled all around the world. I went to middle/high school in Japan on a military base. I dunno if you guys know a Japanese anime called Initial D, but that is the kinda stuff I used to do. You could probably tell by looking at my past cars in my sig. I went to college in Hawaii and I worked at a shop called KMA Racing as a mechanic. I am married now, have a 2 year old kid, and just bought a new house so I don't do that racing/drifting stuff now but that spirit still lives within me.
Oh and I dunno if any of you know a shop called McKinney Motor Sports, but I grew up with that owner in Japan. His shop did a lot of mods for the movie The Fast and the Furious and his cars are in the game too. If any of you know that shop, tell him you know H.D. from Zama and he may give you a discount :p
http://www.mckinneymotorsports.com/
 

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My local dealer just got a SST Evo X and I got to test drive it yesterday. My first impression, "OMFG, I should've waited!" I dunno if you guys have played games like Gran Turismo, but it felt like I was playing that game while driving.
I drove the car ONLY in the Sport & S-Sport range since I could care less about the standard D range.
SPORT Range
In this range it would automatically shift at around 3500 rpm, the shifting was smooth but it still gives that "clutch/torque converter slipping" type of feeling of an automatic transmission. It was the same even while shifting using the paddle shifter. Downshifting was extremely smooth (again it would give you that slight slipping feeling), it would match the RPMs for you so there is no need for the "heel & toe" action like in a manual transmission while downshifting.
S-SPORT Range
This is the mode that gave me that GT5 feeling. According to the sales rep, they are told by Mitsubishi not to let customers try this mode for safety reasons. The sales rep trusted me so he let me try it out. As soon as I changed the mode the sales rep held onto the "Oh sh!t" handle on the pillar. The first thing I did was stop light racing, I was able to take the car to about 7000rpm in 3rd gear. After that he asked me not to do that again since he could get in trouble:p
In this range it would automatically shift at around 7000 rpm, there is a slight shock while shifting which feels more direct than the SPORT range. It was the same for shifting with the paddles and the clutch slip feeling was gone. Downshifting was smooth but it gave a slight shock since it was more direct and again the cluth slip feeling was gone.

Over all impression
It was really fun driving, a new "video game" like experience. The acceleration didn't feel much different than mine. The start felt a little more sluggish but I guess the shifting makes up for that. I was able to take the car on a winding road and my impression there was.... a little hard to shift at times. With your hands in the neutral position (10 o'clock & 2 o'clock position) and the steering wheel turned about 70 degrees, it's a little hard to shift using the paddles. But I guess that'll just take a little time getting used to or you could just let it shift automatically. To tell you the truth, if I owned the car, I would probably use it in the D range 99% of the time. The paddle shifting may be fun at first but I might get bored of it.
At first my impression was "I should've waited for the SST", but now (a day later), I feel that the SST may take the fun out of my driving. I actually like downshifting in a manual trans while "heel & toeing" and matching the rpms manually. A manual trans makes me feel more "in control" than the SST. Now that the dust has settled within me, I felt I made the right choice with the manual trans. Please note that this is just my 2 cents of impression, others may look at it differently.

Now this is a little about my self, I'm a Japanese/American living in Japan. My father was in the US Army and I've traveled all around the world. I went to middle/high school in Japan on a military base. I dunno if you guys know a Japanese anime called Initial D, but that is the kinda stuff I used to do. You could probably tell by looking at my past cars in my sig. I went to college in Hawaii and I worked at a shop called KMA Racing as a mechanic. I am married now, have a 2 year old kid, and just bought a new house so I don't do that racing/drifting stuff now but that spirit still lives within me.
Oh and I dunno if any of you know a shop called McKinney Motor Sports, but I grew up with that owner in Japan. His shop did a lot of mods for the movie The Fast and the Furious and his cars are in the game too. If any of you know that shop, tell him you know H.D. from Zama and he may give you a discount :p
http://www.mckinneymotorsports.com/
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Was their leather in the evo x you test drove? If so, how do they feel?
Yes, and it's actually more suede than your normal leather. So I guess you don't have to worry about it getting scratched. The feeling/hold is about the same as my standard one. Sorry, I didn't really care for it so I don't have much more detail:(
 

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how bout the suspension Sic is the MR really better ride ?
In Japan there is no MR, it's actually all GSR with or without SST. The suspension is also optional. The one I drove had the Bilstein/Eibach suspension and yes, it was actually a little smoother than mine which has the standard KYB. I'll be changing mine soon to adjustable height coil overs so I really didn't think anything about the suspension when I ordered mine. Both are a little too weak for my standard but I think they both match the rates of the stock tires.
 

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SiC, you kick ass sir. thank you for that awesome writeup, btw, I checked carview and I saw your car with some SICK SICK WHEELS! :)

so i guess the editors comments such as the super sport mode being a religious experience in some of the evo x reviews wasn't something that was totally farfetched!
 

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Good info man
I like to get a SST but i'll stick with the 5spd
that's gonna b a diff. experience for me
 

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Good review, THX Info, Arigato Gozaimasu.
 

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What kind of gas mileage do you expect to get when you are "behavin' nicely" with your car? Someone on the other forum picked up a white GSR and it certainly looks good in the pics. Best to you & your new "kid".

Oh, and I'd want to avoid all the additional complexity and cost of the TC-SST. I'd only go that option if I was missing an arm.
 

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Can somebody explain to me why theyve attached the shift paddles to the steering column so they are fixed rather than attaching them to the wheel? Surely that makes changing gear very difficult unless you are going in a straight line :confused:
 
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