Official: Mitsubishi Evolution X FQ400 announced for U.K.

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

The wraps of the latest FQ-400 intended for the markets of the United Kingdom was removed today by Mitsubishi. It can manage a sprint from 0-62mph in just 3.8 seconds putting it on the level of the likes of the Nissan GT-R and Lamborghini Gallardo among others including those that have a sticker price as much as ten time that of the improved Evo X.

This is where the 2009 Evolution X gets its appeal. For its smaller sticker price one gets a four-door utility vehicle equipped with the performance of a supercar. The FQ-330 SST version was launched just last week with a bit less lavishness.

Considered as the fastest and most extreme variant of Mitsubishi's motorsport-inspired vehicle, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-400 comes with 403hp and 387ft-lb of top torque generated by its high-tech, lightweight aluminum 2.0 liter turbocharged Mitsubishi Innovative Valve Timing Electronic Control (MIVEC) gasoline powerplant.

These performance numbers enables the car to sprint from standstill to 62mph (100km/h) in just 3.8 seconds to reach a maximum speed of 155mph which is electronically limited. With the Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) FWD system which channels power to the wheels that most need it, aids the car's tremendous acceleration.

The wider track and lowered suspension that comes with Eibach springs with Bilstein Shock Absorbers have improved the cornering ability of the FQ-400 over its FQ sibling. For better road grip Toyo Proxes R1R tires were used wrapped around lightweight 18 inch, nine spoke alloy wheels.

To accommodate such speed and performance the FQ-400 comes with a modified braking system that utilizes aerospace quality aluminum alloys and floating sealed discs with high performance brake pads. The base model had to be extensively modified due to the fact that great power has been squeezed out of its small 2.0 liter power unit. The aluminum cylinder head received motorsport spec high-flow fuel injectors and a new hybrid turbocharger.

Featured in the higher spec turbocharger are low-friction bearing, a high temperature turbine and reinforced thrust bearing for heightened response and lowered turbo lag. An improved intercooler brings cooled air to the turbocharger thereby enhancing performance and efficiency, and exhaust gases are expelled from the powerplant through 3 inch high flow stainless steel pipes and catalytic converter prior to being expelled through the exhaust which is located at the center.

Besides being a street rally car, the FQ-400 is likewise a fully equipped daily driver and comes equipped with Bluetooth, a 30GB multimedia hard drive, DVD satellite navigation, automatic lights and windshield wipers, and a skew of other technologies and elements of comfort. With sales beginning his June all over the UK, pricing for the company's top-of-the-line Evo begins at 49,999 pounds.

Press Release

Mitsubishi Evolution X FQ400

The tenth version of Mitsubishi’s iconic Lancer Evolution models has a new performance flagship model to top its range, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ400.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ400 is the fastest and most extreme version of Mitsubishi’s motorsport derived machine. With 403bhp and 387lb.ft of torque on offer from its advanced, lightweight aluminum 2.0-litre turbocharged MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control) petrol engine the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ400 is able to reach 62mph from standstill in an estimated 3.8 seconds before reaching an electronically limited 155mph – where permitted.

Ensuring all the Mitsubishi Evo X FQ400’s power is put to good use is Mitsubishi’s sophisticated Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) four-wheel-drive system which appropriates power to the wheels that can best use it, giving the FQ400 quite sensational cross-country performance.

The S-AWC system combines a number of electronic systems that both enhance the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ400’s performance and safety, with Active Stability Control and Active Center Differential, Active Yaw Control and Sport ABS giving the Mitsubishi Evo X FQ400 incredible cornering ability, traction and grip. Depending on the conditions the driver can select the most suitable set-up for the S-AWC system, three choices – Tarmac, Gravel and Snow – being offered via the wheel-mounted button and displayed in the central instrument binnacle.

Increasing the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ400’s cornering ability even further over its FQ relatives is a wider track and lowered suspension featuring Eibach springs and Bilstein Shock Absorbers. Lightweight 18-inch, nine spoke alloy wheels fitted with Toyo Proxes R1R tires enhance the FQ400’s grip, giving it sharper cornering response on the road and more incisive steering. The enhanced agility and performance is backed by a revised braking system which uses aerospace grade aluminum alloys and floating sealed discs grabbed by high performance pads.

To achieve the incredible 403bhp from just 2.0-litres Mitsubishi has had to significantly revise the Mitsubishi Evo X FQ400’s advanced powerplant. Motorsport specification high-flow fuel injectors are fitted to the aluminum cylinder head and a new hybrid turbocharger is also fitted. The higher specification turbocharger features low-friction bearings, a high temperature turbine and strengthened thrust bearing to increase response and reduce turbo lag. Feeding the turbocharger cooled air, improving its performance and efficiency, is an enhanced intercooler, while the exhaust’s gasses flow from the engine via a 3-inch diameter high flow stainless steel piping and catalytic converter before exiting through a centrally positioned exhaust.

Mitsubishi has remapped the Engine Control Unit (ECU) extensively with over 500 hours of development time to allow its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine to not just produce its exceptional output but to do so with excellent derivability. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ400’s acceleration is sensational, it pulling hard through the gears regardless of engine revs. With peak torque of 387lb.ft on offer from just 3,500rpm, the FQ400 is just as able to trickle through town traffic as it is taking a rally special stage.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ400 looks every bit the rally refugee too, giving a strong ‘nod’ to the styling cues of the legendary Evolution VI, and builds on the already aggressive style of its Lancer Evolution X FQ relatives.

A heavily vented bonnet helps heat escape from the Mitsubishi Evo X FQ400’s turbocharged engine and a new lightweight composite front bumper incorporating Mitsubishi’s trademark ‘Jet Fighter’ grille features carbon-fiber elements on its leading edges. Additional lighting and High Intensity Discharge (HID) lights mark out the FQ400’s nose, its added aggressiveness further enhanced by a 30mm drop in front ride height. Composite side skirts, a re-styled rear bumper with a carbon fiber diffuser, a rear wing incorporating a gurney strip and a roof-mounted ‘Vortex Generator’ all help manage airflow and cooling.

Behind the 18-inch lightweight, nine spoke alloy wheels it’s possible to see the Alcon brakes on the front, while the Toyo Proxes R1R tires underline the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ400’s potency with their aggressive ‘cut slick’ tread pattern. Inside, the driver is held tightly against the FQ400’s sensational accelerative, braking and cornering forces in Recaro bucket sports seats, the range-topping Lancer Evolution X also gaining an Mitsubishi Evo X FQ400 liveried handbrake handle and carbon fiber gearknob.

Despite its obvious focus the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ400’s suspension offers compliance thanks to the Eibach Springs and Bilstein Shock Absorbers, the FQ400’s usefulness as a daily driver not compromised overly thanks to Mitsubishi’s chassis tuning. The stiff bodywork not only provides an exceptionally rigid platform for the suspension to work, but excellent crash-worthiness, the Lancer Evolution X attaining a five-star score in Euro NCAP’s independent crash tests. The Mitsubishi Evo X FQ400’s S-AWC and its incorporated stability, traction and braking systems helping avoid an accident in the first place. Even so there’s reassurance of seven airbags, seat belt pretensioners and ISO Fix child seating all included in its standard specification.

Standard equipment for the range-topping Lancer Evolution X model is comprehensive, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ400 coming with Bluetooth hands-free telephone connection, a CD-tuner with 30 Gig hard drive, DVD satellite navigation and privacy glass. Convenience features like remote central locking, automatic headlamps and windscreen wipers increase the FQ400’s ease of use, the huge performance it offers not coming at the expense of usefulness. Like its Lancer Evolution X relatives it features comfortable seating for five as well as a usefully sized boot, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ400 bringing all the convenience of the standard saloon car it’s based upon – but with explosive performance potential.

Standard it’s not though, instead the Mitsubishi Evo X FQ400 is a standard setter, with performance that’s the measure of any rival and many exotic sports and supercars costing many multiples of its £49,999 list price. Available from June 2009, the FQ400 is covered by a three year / 36,000 mile warranty.

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