It’s not only the ST that’s been given more power – just when you thought Mitsubishi’s Evo IX couldn’t get any faster, it has
It’s official – the best Mitsubishi Evo ever made isn’t necessarily the most powerful, as the FQ-360 refines the Evo IX’s winning formula. We were surprised the new Evo X, due next year, will use the same engine, but this model shows that the 2.0-litre turbo still has plenty to offer. The entry-level FQ-300 is more than fast enough, yet if you want the ultimate sub-£40,000 performance machine, then the FQ-360 is it.
It’s not only the ST that’s been given more power – just when you thought Mitsubishi’s Evo IX couldn’t get any faster, it has. Fresh from the firm’s UK Ralliart sporting division comes this, the 366bhp FQ-360, and Auto Express was first to get behind the wheel.
The performance arm was also responsible for the hardcore Evo VIII FQ-400, but it’s clear that the new model is a far more polished package. The biggest change is a re-programmed ECU, which issues electronic instructions to get the most from the 2.0-litre turbo powerplant.
It may not be the most powerful engine fitted to an Evo, but a torque figure of 492Nm means it’s one of the most usable. And because maximum pulling power arrives at a lowly 3,200rpm, the Evo’s irresistible thrust is even more explosive in all six gears. No official figures have been recorded, but insiders reckon a 0-60mph time of 3.7 seconds is likely.
Apart from the extra power, the rest of the running gear is unchanged from the standard FQ-340, and the Evo corners with magnificent poise and speed.
Inside, three new dials showing battery voltage, oil temperature and boost add to the sense of occasion. On the outside, the FQ-360 is set apart by a carbon front splitter, roof fins and five-spoke Speedline alloys – although the aftermarket look won’t please everyone.
At £35,504, the FQ-360 costs £2,645 more than the FQ-340. For the adrenaline junkie, that’s a small price to pay.