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Consider yourself on notice, Mr. Neil. It's one thing to compare the Mitsubishi Evo MR's squat comport to a groundhog, but it's a whole 'nuther to point your fancy wordstick at a defenseless 500-lb child.

The stubby and thick Evo MR, on the other hand, is more like a rocket-powered groundhog, or a baby hippo fired out of a cannon. Fast. Ugly.

Still, ugly's not the whole story, says Neil. The top-of-the-mast Evo MR is also fast as hell, sticky in the corners, and costs close to $40,000. But boy, is it ugly.

On the outside, the Evo MR looks like it went into a performance parts store and got dressed in the dark.

That's ugly.

Fast. OK, really fast [LA Times]

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