Mitsubishi likely to add 400hp Evo X ‘FQ-400’ to UK lineup

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Mitsubishi in the UK has been selling a number of special edition Lancer Evolution models for the past several years under the guise of its FQ range. The cars are essentially regular Evos with uprated powertrains and in some cases also feature custom bodykits and interior pieces. In its current form, the most powerful FQ car is the FQ-360 model, which as its name suggests develops 360hp (268kW). However, according to a new report Mitsubishi is planning to launch a 400hp (298kW) FQ-400 model.

The car was reportedly given the green light after the success of Mitsubishi’s own Evo X race car in the recent Britcar 24hr race at Silverstone, in which it took first place. The production version will likely be built by Mitsubishi’s motorsports department in association with tuning specialists Rampage, Owen Developments and Flow Race Engines.

Official details are yet to be revealed but expect at least 355lb-ft (480Nm) of torque from the Evo’s 2.0L turbocharged engine. Some of the planned modifications include an upgraded turbocharger, a new exhaust manifold and a revised ECU and fuel system. The five-speed manual will be the only transmission option due to the unknown reliability of the dual-clutch SST, reports AutoExpress.

Expect to see most of the goodies from the current FQ-360 model make their way onto the new flagship – items such as a custom carbon-fiber front lip, a new rooftop vortex generator, and unique badging. With 360hp (268kW) on tap, the FQ-360 will accelerate from 0-60mph in just 4.1 seconds, so expected the more powerful FQ-400 model to better this time.

First deliveries are expected to start early next year.


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