Had the Evo 3 weeks now so thought Id post up with an update:
The drive of the car never fails to put a smile on my face, covered 500miles so far and its been an absolute blast. Handling wise, as you would expect with a 4x4 is immense, as is the acceleration.......the most noticable thing is that where the likes of the GSi and my mates S3 start to slow down over 100mph, the Evo continues to pull strongly right up through 140 towards its limit of 150 (runs out of revs there).
As a toy the car excelles however I really wouldnt want it as an everyday car, due to the fact it does need to warm itself up a bit, and the suspension etc. is solid (the clutch is a bit heavy as well for heavy traffic use.
Fuel - fuel wise the car is pretty good on it, even driven hard the last tank lasted 318miles, it took £48.82 to fillit on optimax @ 100.9p a litre, which is about the same as the GSi;s etc were getting and better than the sports hatch. Although once the cars been re-mapped in the not too distant future this will drop big time to arounf 250 to a tank.
Upgrades so far:
Mongoose 3 1/2" cat back exhaust (which is stil fairly subtle even at high revs)
HKS Induction kit inc. hard pipe (the sound from this is awesome, you hear the standard recirc D/V dumping and it is feckin loud)
Ralliart front pipe - bought but not fitted yet
The car should be getting remapped in about 4-5weeks but before that I need to get and fit an uprated fuel pump and de-cat pipe which should see power around 350-360bhp.
Also look at some new wheels but undecided at the moment.