Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-400 Road Test

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Interior
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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Review

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The system of choice is the new premium sound system specifically designed for the Mitsubishi Lancer family by Rockford Corporation and offered under the Rockford Fosgate brand, in parallel to a more traditional unit.

You can individually set-up the vehicle to your own personal requirements with Project Global's ETACS electronic architecture. This is Mitsubishi's proprietary cross-carline integrated control computer available in all EU-specification Mitsubishi cars and enhanced for the Mitsubishi Evolution X. It allows the driver to customize via the Multi Communication System a number of settings ranging from how long the interior light stays on after door closure, if at all. To when the wing mirrors fold in and out, at the touch of a button, or automatically when the door is closed and the ignition key inserted or removed.

Infotainment

The system of choice is the new premium sound system specifically designed for the Mitsubishi Lancer family by Rockford Corporation and offered under the Rockford Fosgate brand, in parallel to a more traditional unit.

Because road and wind noise increase with vehicle speed and make it difficult to achieve the same sound quality as when the vehicle is stationary, the Lancer Evolution X's premium sound system uses vehicle speed-dependent sound quality and volume compensation to deliver the same high quality sound when the vehicle is moving as when it is stopped.

In addition to this outstanding sound system, the Lancer Evolution X also offers a hard disk drive 7-Inch LCD Monitor On-Board Navigation system.

The system uses a 30 GB hard disk drive and 7-inch LCD display with touch-panel operation. The main unit is slightly wider than 2DIN size for easier operation of the controls.

The navigation system utilises hard disk drive capacity to the maximum and uses dedicated LSI circuitry to provide ultra-fast search and access to 3D city maps, 3D polygon landmarks, detailed maps, photographs of sightseeing spots and other data-rich navigational content.

The range-topping Lancer Evolution X FQ400 also comes with Bluetooth hands-free telephone connection.

Rivals
  • BMW M3
  • Nissan GT-R
  • Porsche Cayman
  • Subaru Cosworth Impreza STi CS400
What We Liked
  • Performance
  • Ride and Handling
  • Styling
  • Kudos
  • Gearbox
  • Technical Superiority
What We Disliked
  • Interior styling
  • Loud exhaust note and stiff suspension on long journeys - especially for rear passengers
  • Heavy clutch
What We'd Like To See
  • Improved interior styling
Conclusion

If you accept the interior styling and the angry looking exterior, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-400 is a very interesting proposition. Very few cars would see it off and that includes the likes of Ferrari and Porsche. (living up to its nick name of super car eater).

Subjectively the Mitsubishi Evo may not be the prettiest of cars but what you are buying is its technical expertise from the waist down. It is very rewarding to drive and when given an empty 'B' road it would delight even the most demanding of drivers.

We now see why the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X is such a legendary car; it is superb fun on four wheels and we are amazed that Mitsubishi have managed to improve on the FQ-360 GSR.

19 August 2010 Melanie Carter
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Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-400
  
Body TypeSaloon
ColourLightning Blue
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph3.8 Seconds
Top Speed 155 mph (electronically limited)
  
Transmission6-Speed Manual
  
Fuel TypeSuper Unleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
UrbanTBC
Extra UrbanTBC
CombinedTBC
  
Insurance Group20
Euro NCAP Rating5 Star
WarrantyThree Years / 36,000 miles
Price (when tested on the 19/08/10)£49,999

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