• Jan 17, 2007
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Over the summer, we reported on the UK-market's Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX FQ-360, a car whose verbose nomenclature communicated the presence of a force-fed 366-horsepower 2.0-liter four under its bonnet. With its MR-style vortex generator on the roof, gigunda rear wing, carbon-fiber lip spoiler and rally-look five-spoke wheels, the FQ-360 looked every bit the tarmac carver that it was engineered to be.

Fast forward to January '07. Mitsubishi is laying the groundwork for the arrival of the next Evo, which was previewed with the appearance of the Prototype X at Detroit last week. Before we get too caught up in Evo X hysteria, we need to remember that the Evo IX still roams the streets, and that even when faced with imminent replacement, it's no shrinking violet. As such, Mitsubishi's UK division is bidding farewell to the machine with one final model: the Lancer Evolution IX MR FQ-360.

Its 2.0L engine is prepared by Ralliart and HKS, and while its output matches the 366 horses of the last HQ-360, this car's mill is said to be even more responsive. The FQ-360's 0-60 sprint is now an astonishing 3.9 seconds (vs. 4.1 for the last one). Top speed is 157 mph -- and that's an electronically governed number. In terms of appearance, the final edition MR FQ-360 looks like the car it replaces with some subtle changes. The five-spoke Speedlines are out, replaced by 11-spoke units from the same manufacturer. This time around, there's enough badging on the trunklid to let everyone know that this is the alpha dog Evo IX, and it's going out in style.



Full details in the press release after the jump.

[Source: Mitsubishi UK]

PRESS RELEASE:

SPECIAL EDITION LANCER EVOLUTION LAUNCHED TO MARK END OF AN ERA FOR LEGENDARY SUPERCAR

Mitsubishi Motors UK has unveiled the final edition of the current generation Lancer Evolution supercar. Just one version of the new Evolution IX MR ('Mitsubishi Racing') will be available, powered by a 366bhp version of Mitsubishi's 2.0-litre turbo engine. 200 units of the Evolution IX MR FQ-360 are now available from Mitsubishi Ralliart dealers, priced from £34,539.

The Lancer Evolution IX MR is the final version of a car that can trace its roots back to the original Lancer Evolution of October 1992. Since then, success on the rally stage has been accompanied by a continuous evolution of the road car. This final incarnation of the current model marks the culmination of 14 years of continuous development and marks a fitting finale for the everyday supercar.

Subtle changes to the specification of the 1997cc 4-cylinder 4G63 twin scroll turbo engine have created a car that delivers an even higher level of performance. True to Mitsubishi's philosophy of providing "overall driving quality", the engineers in Japan have made subtle modifications to the turbocharger. The introduction of titanium aluminium alloy turbo fins and reduction in the compressor wheel inlet diameter have improved the engine's response throughout the rev range.

When the cars arrive in the UK, further engine development work is carried out by Mitsubishi Motors UK's tuning division, Ralliart, and the independent specialists, HKS. An HKS tuning kit delivers 366bhp at 6887rpm and 363lb ft (492Nm) of torque at 3200rpm. Mitsubishi's MIVEC variable valve timing technology further enhances the engine's efficiency, combining improved response with a 3% reduction in fuel consumption.

The Lancer Evolution FQ-360's performance underlines its reputation as the most affordable supercar on the road. This is a practical, five-seater saloon car that can sprint from 0-60mph in just 3.9 seconds and on to an electronically limited top speed of 157mph. By comparison, the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, which costs almost twice as much, takes 0.9 seconds longer to reach 60mph from rest.

The engine upgrades are accompanied by subtle but effective changes to the 'Evo's' MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension. Eibach springs have been introduced to complement the Bilstein shock absorbers. These new springs lower the ride height by 10mm at the front and 5mm at the rear, which enhances the car's high speed stability and allows the Super Active Yaw Control (Super AYC) system to function more effectively. The latter has also been improved to provide a greater distribution of power between the rear wheels, increasing traction, especially on loose surfaces. Mitsubishi's electronically-controlled four-wheel drive system (4WD) is carried over unchanged.

The aesthetic changes are modest and functional. A new carbon fibre front lip spoiler has been developed to provide additional downforce and improve high speed stability. A rear carbon fibre vortex generator comes fitted as standard. The 11-spoke Speedline Turini alloy wheels are also new and mimic those fitted to Mitsubishi's tarmac spec rally car. The Yokohama ADVAN AO46 235/45 ZR17 tyres are carried over unchanged, while the Brembo braking system ensures that the Evolution IX MR has the stop to match its go.

The changes inside are equally subtle. Automatic headlights and privacy glass are introduced for the first time, the seats have been redesigned with 'IX MR' motifs, the dashboard panel is now finished in 'Piano Black' and there are 'Lancer EVOLUTION' aluminium scuff protectors on the door frames. Enthusiasts will be delighted to hear that the rally-bred Recaro seats and exquisite Momo steering wheel remain present and correct.

The Lancer Evolution has always been a thoroughly practical, everyday car, and the final edition is no exception. The cabin can seat five in comfort and the boot has a capacity of 530 litres. It is also comprehensively equipped with air-conditioning, electric windows and mirrors, remote central locking and CAT 1 alarm included in the specification.

As you'd expect from Mitsubishi, the FQ-360 by HKS is covered by a 3-year Unlimited Mileage Warranty, a 3-year Pan European Recovery Service and a 6-year Anti-Corrosion Perforation Warranty.

MODEL RANGE

Pricing will be carried over from the previous Evolution IX FQ-360 as follows:

Lancer Evolution IX MR FQ-360 2.0 Manual (Non Leather) £34,539

Lancer Evolution IX MR FQ-360 2.0 Manual (Leather) £35,539


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      • 8 Years Ago
      i ve been looking ot the high def pictures of the prototype x, and to me, it basicaaly outclasses the current evo (from pics). but...wen i see a current-gen evo on the road, i have to pause. its just so magnicifent with a face that says "yow, road, I OWN YOU!!!" i can't wait to see what pro-x looks life in real life

      one more thing. the current evo looks great in every direction, but i cant fully apreciate the direct-font of the proto-x, bummer

      the fq400(the mitsu that beat the pagani zonda to 60mph) was a special limited time offer (only 100 were made)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is there a parts list, could we order the parts to retrofit US spec evo's to UK.

      and I think that the FQ 400 had a massively oversized turbo that had WAYYY to much lag *(and maintenance required) for street enjoyment.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I sold Mitsubishis when the Evo VIII came out in America, and let me tell you, even with "only" 276 hp the car was the most responsive thing this side of a track car. These things were (and are) special, and the management wouldn't let anyone drive them unless they dropped a $10K deposit. All the pimple-faced 20 year olds were pissed, but everyone that dropped the deposit bought an Evo.
      If the Evo IX MR FQ 360 had ever come out in America, our untrained little boys would have been crashing them like rich guys crashing Enzos.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "1. Do you need an editor of spoke count?"

      Do you need an editor of thought? From the article:

      "The five-spoke Speedlines are out, replaced by 11-spoke units from the same manufacturer."

      • 8 Years Ago
      Wasn't the last FQ a 400hp car? Why would they go with a 360 instead of a 400?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "5. Wasn't the last FQ a 400hp car? Why would they go with a 360 instead of a 400?

      Posted at 2:25PM on Jan 17th 2007 by jeff"

      The FQ-360 was tuned for much better torque delivery:

      FQ-400: 355 lb-ft at 5,000 rpm

      FQ-360: 363 lb-ft at 3,200 rpm
      • 8 Years Ago
      Do you need an editor of spoke count?
      • 8 Years Ago
      It should be FU--"F*cking Ugly." I'm glad this Evo is going out.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "How come we don't get these wonderful versions in the US."

      £34,000 equals around $70,000. That's why. Only twenty people in North America would be willing to spend that kind of money on a Mitsu.