Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X
Mitsubishi Lancer

Even though the new Lancer retains the same name as the previous model, this is where the similarities end. The vehicle is based on Mitsubishi's 'Project Global' platform, as is the new Lancer Evolution X and the New Outlander (launched in 2007). This tenth generation of Lancer has been priced in the heartland of the C segment. Sharper handling, better safety features, crisp styling and cutting edge technology all underline the car's sporting credentials.

The new Lancer Evolution X FQ-400 by WRC Developments tops the Lancer Evolution X range with its sensational 403bhp output from Mitsubishi's 2.0-litre turbocharged, intercooled four-cylinder 4B11 DOHC MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovate Valve timing Electronic Control) petrol engine. Mated to a full-time four-wheel drive system for maximum traction and grip this new model continues the Lancer Evolution's lineage as a performance car.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X was introduced to the UK on 1st March 2008, following on from a long line of Evo's, all legendary in their own right.

We drove the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-400, which at the time of testing was the most powerful of the Evo range.

How It Drove - Performance

With 403bhp and 387lb.ft of torque on offer from its advanced, lightweight aluminium 2.0-litre turbocharged MIVEC petrol engine the FQ-400 is able to reach 62mph from standstill in around 3.8 seconds before reaching an electronically limited 155mph – where permitted.

A development of the Lancer Evolution X's 2.0-litre DOHC MIVEC turbocharged, intercooled 4B11 the FQ-400 develops 403bhp at 6,500rpm and peak torque of 387lb.ft (525Nm) at 3,500rpm. The FQ-400's powerplant offers its extraordinary output with excellent low- and mid-range flexibility to make it as tractable and friendly around town as it is explosive and responsive on the open road.

The 2.0-litre turbocharged unit is able to deliver its sensational output in the FQ-400 thanks to a number of detailed revisions. A bespoke hybrid turbo conversion with low friction bearings for quickened response and reduced turbo lag is fitted, it featuring an extreme temperature exhaust turbine and strengthened thrust bearing. Feeding cooling air to the turbocharger is a revised intercooler with greater airflow: a racing suction kit also increasing airflow to the engine.

Removing the exhaust gasses as efficiently as possible is a new 3" diameter high-flow stainless steel system incorporating high flow catalytic convertors and a centre exit tailpipe; this meeting all noise requirements for road and track.

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-400 is noisy, raucous and outrageously mad to drive. The noise and road presence is addictive as long as you can hold onto your driving license long enough to exploit it.

How It Drove - Ride and Handling

The FQ-400's output is managed by Mitsubishi's acclaimed Super-All Wheel Control SAWC drivetrain, which has been developed to deliver 'intuitive handling' and rock solid stability. It extracts the maximum potential of all four tyres and wheels using an electronically controlled system, this faithfully transmitting the driver's intent to the vehicle. The sophisticated S-AWC system incorporates an Active Centre Differential (ACD) - The ACD uses an electronically-controlled multi-plate clutch to optimise the front to rear torque split in all conditions, Active Yaw Control (AYC) - Using a torque transfer mechanism working in the rear differential the AYC controls rear wheel torque to limit yaw movements and enhance the FQ-400's cornering performance, Active Stability Control (ASC) stabilises the vehicle attitude while maintaining optimum traction by regulating engine power and braking force at each wheel. Assisting in control in extreme or emergency situations ASC can be switched off if required and Sport ABS - preventing the wheels from locking under heavy load or on slippery surfaces Sport ABS allows the driver to maintain directional control and helps keep the vehicle stable and it is fitted with a quick-shifting five-speed manual gearbox.

Published : 19/08/10 Author : Melanie Carter

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