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Mitsubishi Evo IX FQ-360 MR

  • Mitsubishi Evo IX FQ-360 MR

If you're one of those people who trawls through car magazine news pages, then the significance of this first drive should mean something to you already.

For everyone else, here's a little explanation - this is the last of the Mitsubishi Evos as we now know them, because next year, the eagerly awaited Evo X will arrive.

And the FQ-360 provides a fitting close to the reign of the ninth-gen Evo - it is massively fast. Drive one, and you'll never get bored of planting your foot deep in the carpet: it's staggering how this thing punches its way up the road.

A shade under four seconds for the 0-62mph sprint is a breath-pausing experience, and the mid-range punch from above 3,000rpm is also gut-mangling. Thank the new turbo for all this, which boosts power to 360bhp and torque to 363lb ft.

Added to that, new springs have lowered the ride height by 10mm at the front and 5mm at the rear, but this hasn't affected ride quality. It's still hard, but not uncomfortable, and it's surprising how much give there is over speed humps.

However, there are things that become tiresome after a while, chief of which is the exhaust note. Make it loud, Mitsubishi, but for pity's sake, don't make it resonate quite so much through the cabin.

There's no doubt the FQ-360 keeps the Evo's hardcore edge. Hopefully, that won't get lost in the X.

Piers Ward

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