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Mitsubishi Evolution X FQ-400 news - - 2009

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Run for the hills. Mitsubishi has unleashed the
fastest Evo X yet – the FQ-400 – and it’s frankly beserk.

Let’s start with the numbers: 403bhp, 387lb ft of torque and a 0-62mph time of
just 3.8 seconds. That’s faster than a Ferrari F430Aston DBS and Porsche 911 Turbo. That’s fast.

And all from a two-litre engine. The FQ-400 gets the same basic turbo four-pot
as the, er, standard Evo X, but bumped up to fighting weight with high flow
injections, a bigger intercooler and exhaust, a revised ECU and, of course, a
massive new hybrid turbocharger.

Naturally, you get all of Mitsubishi’s clever four-wheel-drive gubbins – Super
All-Wheel Control, Active Centre Differential, Active Yaw Control and, er,
Active Volcano Monitoring (OK, we made the last one up) – along with bigger
brakes and stiffened suspension.

Visually, it’s even pointier and more aggressive than the FQ-330 and FQ-360,
with revised lightweight front and rear bumpers, and new side skirts and a rear
wing that, says Mitsubishi, echoes the styling of the legendary Evo VI.

All of which we like. The only bugbear is the FQ-400’s price: a significant
£50,000 when it goes on sale in the UK next month, edging the Evo dangerously
close to Nissan GT-R territory. Then again, it’s dangerously close to GT-R
performance… and if you order one, you’re more likely to receive it before,
say, 2018.


Now watch the boys
try to make a family car quicker than an Evo with just a few homemade mods:


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