Video Showdown: BOSS 302 vs. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

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.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X MR

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.

BOSS Performance

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.

2013 Boss Mustang Autotrack RacingSticky 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.



The Verdict

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?

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Written by Andrew

"You're telling me it's got four wheels, two seats and goes faster than the speed limit? Good, I'm driving."


  1. Huge fan of the Mustang (rally, all American Muscle). It’s quick just as the video above proves. Why not made a series of Mustang that’s AWD for giggles. Could You Imagine?! Just a thought anyway.

    Sean over at Air Intake Reviews


  2. Well guys… after having owned both cars for some time, 12’ Evo X GSR stage 2/beyond vs stock 13’ Boss 302 with the red key activated. I have to honestly say the Boss was the better purchase in the end. There is no question that the Evo was fun to drive and I enjoyed almost every moment of that tail drifting happiness around town and in places I
    probably shouldn’t have been performing such tomfoolery. In the end what killed me on the Evo was the lack of a 6th gear for the GSR and the gear bump/slight grinding on every shift that is a characteristic of the evo’s transmission. On road trips/vacations it became very annoying to run at such a consistent high RPM at highway speeds for extended periods. My final gripe is that the doors always felt tinny when shutting them, a very thin metallic sound.

    The fit and finish on the Boss is leaps beyond the Evo and you feel just as snug when you slip into the Recaros on the Boss. After opening up the stock side exhaust
    pipes that are on the Boss, it gives the car a renewed mean personality. Add the red key and you can actually feel an additional personality layer on as the torque is increased, the loppy idle engages, and the throttle increases snappiness. It’s as if it begs you to push it hard and it rewards you for it. Surprisingly, I found it almost as easy as the
    Evo to drive at the edge and it proves to be almost as nimble when
    dancing and performing similar tomfoolery.

    In the end, long term value must come into play as reality starts to set in. The Boss will or
    could one day become a collector’s car and has a much higher potential for holding its value over the Evo. That and the complete package that it might be a slightly more challenging car to pull the 100% driving level when compared to the Evo, but it is just that much more rewarding when you do. I don’t have to tell you which one is faster. The review above holds nothing but truth, and the same truth can be found even when comparing the Boss to a modified Evo.


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