Indeed, much as I love my Subarus my instincts tell me I'm probably actually more of an Evo man at heart. I haven't actually driven anything earlier than an Evo X (this needs to be addressed) but everything I understand about them points to the Mitsubishi's frenetic character and more pointy handling being right up my street.
Which Evo to pick though? I actually found an Evo I in my first dip into the classifieds and that looked an unusual and rare pick. But £6K for a car that would appear to need a bit of work ranks as a lot of money for novelty value. The Vs and VIs seem to be the point the Evo line really came good, the much coveted Makinen Edition having collectable future classic status written all over it. Even by the standards of the genre these Evos are wild looking machines though. I've got pretty sturdy denial but, I think, one of the things that tips me more to the Subaru side is the relative restraint of the looks.
For the Evo VII, VIII and IX things took a (relative) turn for the restrained, at least visually. I rather like the idea of the VIII 260, a UK special based on the juicy MR-spec car but in a milder state of tune and with a toned down rear wing. There was an equivalent Impreza STI Spec D (for discreet) too. But I'm painfully aware there are an awful lot of Evo variants out there, both UK and imported, and I confess to being somewhat confused as to which I'd like best And then, last year on a trip to Japan, I saw one of these. Yes, it's an Evo IX wagon. No, before seeing it in the metal I had no idea such a thing existed. Here was an Evo focusing all that intrigues me about the car into one practical package, overlayed with a character and eccentricity that I just find really appealing.