Comparing the new Ford Mustang models to the new Chevy Camaros have been done more times than we can count, to the point where it was becoming seriously old news. It’s time for a new grudge match. Introducing Mitsubishi’s lancer Evolution vs. the mighty Boss 302.
We stumbled across another very detailed comparison that caught our interest: The 2013 Boss 302 Mustang versus the ’13 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X MR. That’s right, two complete polar opposites in the sports car world. One is an AWD turbo four banger with incredible traction while the other is a powerful RWD V8 born for the track. Since the Boss 302 is in its final year of production, we thought this juicy head-to-head battle was well timed.
On one side of the ring, we have the RWD Boss 302 Mustang, with balls-to-the-wall performance putting down a healthy amount of power, 444-hp and 380 ft-lb of torque! Above a stock GT, it has a custom exhaust, 3.73 gears, adjustable shocks, stiffer springs, a newer clutch, and big Brembo brakes with upgraded pads for incredible stopping power.
On the other side is the Lancer Evo X MR, a light AWD, 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder sports sedan, with loads of technology helping it take on apexes like a little bat out of hell. With the MR model, you get Eibach springs, Bilstein shocks, lighter Brembo brakes, and a 6-speed dual clutch transmission. However, the Evo has about 100 less horsepower but is lighter despite two extra doors.
So, here’s the real question: Is there replacement for displacement?
There are pros and cons to both cars, of course. The Boss 302 dominated the straightaways, while the Evo seemed to magically drift around those corners with ease and no loss of power.
The Power of Evolution
With the Evo, you have some nice options, Active Center Differential and Active Yaw Control. Active Center Differential gives traction to available wheels by sending torque to the one with the most traction available. Active Yaw Control splits the torque up between the rear wheels by using a rear limited-slip differential and dual clutches. According to the source, the Evo almost seemed to be driving itself, taking away from the actual driving track experience. The six-speed dual clutch gearbox shifts hard in either direction making it an incredibly zippy, fun car.
The Boss 302 has that old-school solid rear axle making it seem less advanced than the smaller Mitsubishi, but the heart of the beast is no laughing matter. The new Coyote 5.0-L beast of a V8 engine featuring forged pistons and connecting rods, sodium filled valves, and high-lift variable-timing camshafts. Sufficient airflow comes through a quad exhaust with side exit and rear exhaust, and a unique intake manifold. It sounds as mean as it looks. Add the optional Track Key and the car completely changes by adjusting your cam timing, engine braking, throttle response, fuel control, and more.
Sticky Pirelli tires help grip the pavement (255/40R19s in front and 285/35R19s on the rear), and the suspension really balances this track car with stiffer springs and bushings, the adjustable shocks, and a larger stabilizer bar for the rear end.
While the Evo is indeed a great car, it looks like the Boss 302 takes the trophy home. Despite all of the technical advancement providing some great lap times, the Boss was just a little faster and a little better on the track. So the answer is no. There is no replacement for displacement. Not in this case, anyway.
Also, the Boss scored the fastest lap time to date during this run, beating out the fastest previous lap time put down by a ZL1 Camaro.
Now, who’s the Boss?