• Oct 15th 2008 at 2:31PM
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It was only a matter of time before Mitsubishi's British engineers tired of relentlessly beating the FQ300 and FQ360 versions of their homegrown Evos. So it's no surprise that after a 400-hp version of the Evo X successfully campaigned in the Britcar Championship, Mitsubishi finally gave the go-ahead to its crack team of in-house tweakers to produce a road going version for public consumption. The FQ400 is on its way.

If the Mitsu team holds true to the original ADR Motorsport-developed Evo, expect a new turbocharger, exhaust manifold and fuel system, along with a reworked ECU to make use of the extra boost and petrol. Naturally, output will be related to the FQ400's name, with 400hp being delivered to all four wheels through a manual gearbox. A top speed of 170 mph and a 0-60 time of around 3.5 seconds shouldn't be too hard to achieve, and with a reworked suspension, upgraded brakes and some aerodynamic enhancements, Lambo owners should think twice before cutting the FQ400 off at their first track day at Silverstone. Pricing hasn't been released yet, but expect the Mitsubishi Evolution X FQ400 to crest the £45,000 mark when it goes on sale next year in the UK.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know if you guys read the whole article, but yes they plan on upping the suspension, and brakes. Even the evo8 fq400 had upgraded suspension and brakes... if you google images of it, you can see a 6 piston front caliper setup with Mitsubishi on it rather than brembo. not to mention, the USDM versions of the evo 8+9's don't have AYC. With the 10, we don't have this problem, so at least the USDM wasn't robbed a AYC. (I think they didnt put AYC in the earlier years because they didn't want to have to worry about warranty issues. I guess they knew little kiddies would try to drift these awd cars with gummy yokohama advan tires and fry up the discs/gears in the transfer case and ayc rear end).

      As for the price being 'worth it' in the US, I agree... I'd rather buy some aftermarket parts and make 400 to the 'wheels' which im sure the fq400 will not do. (maybe 385ish) However guys... don't just go buy parts and make 400hp to the wheels and say... ah, i have a fq400 that i paid less for, because quite frankly, none of you have spoken about suspension and brake tuning.

      I have a evo9 mr with over 400 to the wheels, and the most expensive part of my evo9's build, was the chassis stiffening + suspension + brake system. Making power doesn't require a rocket scientist... but tuning that power curve so that your face doesn't get plastered to the wall... just may.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not the most knowledgeable with money conversion.
      But i was under the impression that for each £ (Euro?) was worth 1.8 (rounded up) US dollars.

      Which would put this at about 80 grand here in america.

      NOT stating a fact, so correct me if i'm wrong.

      And if that's true, this thing better come with more than 400hp, and so some serious technology.

      I'm no gtr fanboy, that's for sure, but if these 2 had comparable prices, i'd certainly take the GTR, since it was purpose built, this is just a supe'd up version of an evo.

      And to prove that i'm not biast vs this car because their foreign, i wouldn't dream of paying 80 grand for a saleen mustang S281E either.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The best example I've seen to compare cost differences between the UK and US are Imprezas (but I'm biased)...

        In the UK a WRX STI starts at £21,787.23. In the states the equivalent 2009 WRX starts at $34,995. Which would place a base UK spec STI at a little under 40k. However the UK has VAT, a tax with a going rate of 17.5%. Whereas we pay our local taxes which rarely go over 10%.

        Additionally title, delivery and destination charges are alot higher in the UK. In the case of that STI we're talking over £500, whereas our destination charges are usually closer to $600.

        So no, there's no real information to be gleaned from an UK on-the-road price for a car. All that can be said is that I'd hate to be a car enthusiast in blighty, regardless of the car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're right on the conversion rate (last I checked), but it doesn't necessarily work like that - i.e. you can't just multiply the price in pounds by 1.8 and end up with our price on this side of the pond.

        Every time I've noticed a comparison between U.S. and U.K. prices for cars, it's actually pretty much the same number in either currency. So, I wouldn't be surprised if this were to go for about $45,000 if it hypothetically went on sale in the U.S. Not sure why that is, that's just what I've observed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, I agree that it's not worth $60K. I would bet that each car has its own conversion value, though, since there are a lot of other variables aside from exchange rate that affect the price (e.g. where it's built, if anything needs to be done to ready it for a different market, etc.). I've mostly seen comparisons between entry-level cars (e.g. $15-20K range) and they generally are roughly 1:1 pounds to dollars. Maybe higher-priced cars that sell in lower volumes have more of a disparity.

        In any case, I wouldn't necessarily consider it a $60K car unless you see that price on a U.S.-market version. I saw another Autoblog post from today or yesterday that compares the Ferrari California's price in different markets, and that, too had a price difference that doesn't seem to be fully explained by conversion rates.
      • 6 Years Ago
      cars are getting too fast and too cheap. If this trend continues, many people will perish on our roadways until drivers ed training catch up to changes in automotive technology.

      where the hell can I get one of these in the states?!?!?!?!?
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Too cheap? 45,000 Pounds is about 80,000 dollars... I have little fear of a teenager getting his hands on one of these."

        Alright, well this is about the millionth retarded comment of this variety. Can we simply block the IPs of people who don’t understand the relationship of economies to the car industry. These comments are just beyond petty now.

        Regarding the car, awesome, i'd pay $50,000 for one.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have a very hard time believing you couldn't find ANY trace of sarcasm in my post.

        do you really need '/sarc' in order to locate sarcasm?
      • 6 Years Ago
      the question is how much will it weigh? because the regular Evo X is rather chunky
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's why I have a hard time believing that the FQ400 will get close to a 3.5 sec. 0-60; if the FQ360 is doing about 4.0, another 40hp isn't going to make a half-second difference. A 3.8 sec. 0-60, sure.

        Even that is pretty impressive, considering that a base Corvette does 4.0 with about 430hp, albeit with relatively tall gearing and only 2 driven wheels.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure that as chunky as the regular Evo X is, the extra 100+hp on this one will make the weight a non-issue. The FQ 360 already runs to 60 in about 4 seconds flat.
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