2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Reviews"A smaller lineup and an additional high-performance model top the 2005 updates to Mitsubishi's smallest cars. All Lancers are sedans and use 4-cyl engines. Wagon versions have been dropped for '05. A 120-hp 2.0-liter powers the two least-expensive models: the ES and O-Z Rally. Last year's LS versions have been dropped. A 162-hp 2.4 powers the Ralliart models, and all these Lancers have front-wheel drive. The high-performance Evolution models--RS, VIII, and new-for-'05 MR--have all-wheel drive and a turbocharged 2.0-liter. For '05, all Evos have 276 hp, up 5. Automatic transmission is available for the ES, O-Z, and Ralliart models. All others have a 5-speed manual transmission except the Evolution MR, which has a 6-speed.
ABS is included on Ralliarts and Evos, not available on other Lancers. Front side airbags are available for O-Z and Ralliart models. The O-Z includes 15-inch O-Z racing-brand alloy wheels, aero body add-ons, and metal-look interior accents. Ralliarts feature 16-inch alloys, sport-tuned suspension, Evo-style front seats, and unique trim. Evolutions have 17-inch alloys, plus cosmetics and suspension tuning inspired by rallye-racing Evos. For 2005, the original Evo is redubbed Evolution VIII. The MR adds xenon headlights and pares pounds with an aluminum roof panel and lightweight BBS-brand forged-alloy wheels. The RS has less equipment and a lower price vs. the Evo VIII and saves weight with thinner body sheetmetal and rear glass. All Evos have a limited-slip front differential and a new center differential with electronic instead of mechanical control, changes Mitsubishi says improve AWD responsiveness."