If you’re thinking of racing a car on ordinary roads (not that I would ever encourage such a thing), then the fastest real-world car you could get would be a World Rally Championship spin-off car. Of these, few were as fast, or as competent as the 1996 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V. While European car makers had moved away from this, the Japanese embraced it, resulting in massively powerful, highly usable cars that could give a serious beating to practically anything. Literally. The Evolution V was the apex of these cars: based on a humble family sedan, this all-wheel drive monster featured an enormous rear spoiler and full body skirts, and looked as menacing and aggressive as its impressive stats suggested.
The Lancer Evolution V is powered by a turbocharged, 16-valve 2-liter four-cylinder engine, producing a massive 280 horsepower. Power is delivered to all four wheels through a five-speed manual transmission, allowing for a top speed (artificially limited) of 112 miles per hour, and a blistering acceleration of 5 seconds to 60 mph.
Beyond mere (and eye-popping) acceleration and speed, what sets the Lancer Evolution V apart is not only the car’s driveability, but also its intense grip on all surfaces, and its over-sized Brembo brakes. The 1996 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution V is truly an exceptional car, and one that was hard to beat for pure driving excitement!