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Mitsubishi confirms mad FQ-400

Tue, 02 Dec 2008

You’ve got to admire the Japanese. Here we are, deep in the doom and gloom of car sales in free-fall, and Mitsubishi pops its head above the parapet to announce the 2009 version of the mad-as-a-hatter Mitsubishi Evo X FQ-400!

Anyone who saw, or drove, the Evo 9 FQ-400 will know what an absolutely mental car this is. In fact, in Evo 9 guise, it wasn’t just mental, it was almost undriveable. With its racing clutch and the need for a service every 3 miles (not quite, but you know what I mean) it seemed more like a showcase for what could be done than a proper road car.

Mitsubishi Evo X FQ-400 announced

The new Evo X promises to be more usable. Apart from a jump in torque, the Evo X has a more road-biased clutch, which means you have at least a fighting chance of getting off the line without using 5000 revs. But its performance isn’t diminished one dot. Its 2.0 litre turbo engine shoves out over 400bhp and it will do 0-60 in around 3.5 seconds and on up to a top speed north of 175mph.

Other changes over the Evo 9 include uprated brakes (a bit of a necessity) and a carbon bodykit with more vents than kit!

Race Team ADR has been commissioned to build just 100 Evo X by Mitsubishi, for the UK only. But there won’t be a lot of change from £50k

By Cars UK