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The Evo X is back!

Published: 26 Mar 2014

You're currently looking at a brand new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, revived to celebrate the company's 40th anniversary in Europe. Which is considerably better than the Mirage-shaped cake we predicted.

And the legendary Evo X's been tweaked to produce even more power than the old one. Special edition FQ-440 MR features include an ECU re-map, tubular Janspeed exhaust manifold, swollen HKS turbo, bigger intercooler - all help boost the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-pot to a huge 440bhp and 412lb ft. Still no manual ‘box though - it feeds all four wheels through a six-speed dual-clutch auto.

But it's not just an exercise in power hoikery. It gets lowered suspension front and rear (that'll save most owners their first job...), Alcon brakes all-round with six-piston calipers up front, new 18-inch BBS rims, Xenon lamps, and what the company calls ‘motorsport silicone' window wipers. The mind reels...

Its innards have been given a little nip-tuck, too. It's sprouted a set of Recaro bucket seats, an eight-speaker audio setup, seven-inch sat-nav-equipped screen, Bluetooth with music streaming and climate control.

Mitsubishi's also supplying all FQ-440 MR specials with a data recorder. It logs things like driving style, performance, vehicle diagnostics, and your location - if you go too mad, Mitsubishi says you'll void the warranty. Though we always thought going mad was what the Evo was built for. Well, that and outrunning tanks.

Want one? You best get saving. It'll cost a huge £50,000 for one of the 40 examples arriving in Blighty. And don't forget servicing costs - you'll need an oil change after the first 1,000 miles, then another service every six months or 4,500 miles. Yeah, perhaps we'll just get a new WRX STI instead...

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