- 16,700 Miles
- Year Built: 2007(57)
Here we have the highly sought after Mitsubishi Evolution IX FQ360 By HKS (All Wheel Drive) finished in the most popular Metallic Gunmetal Grey with the desirable extra cost IX MR Embroidered Recaro Sports Bucket Seats finished in Black Leather and Alcantara, contrasting Red Stitching. First Registered 24th September 2007 (57 Registration) this fabulous example has travelled just 16,700 miles from new, it’s in truly exceptional condition throughout with a great history, you just couldn’t find a better one!
Previously owned by our Sales Director Andy, we don’t know of a better condition UK IX MR FQ360 model, the complete history of this car is known to us. The majority of miles were covered by the first mature owner (2007-2014 and around 14,000 miles), it was a purely dry use car only. Andy recalls the seller telling him that it had never been out in the rain, used at night, the wipers had never been used and back seats had never been occupied. He took it with a pinch of salt, however when he saw the car he was blown away and had to own it.
Since then it has only been sold by or through us, to enthusiasts and collectors. Covering minimal mileage, it has remained dry use only and kept dry stored, Andy has personally owned 12+ IX MR’s our company heritage being Ralliart UK/Xtreme, we have seen around 80-100 of the apparent 225 produced. Although we know there are around 5 examples with lower mileage, we are confident in saying this is the best condition Factory UK IX MR FQ360. Its a genuine unmolested/un-modified UK MR.
There were just 43 MR’s (out of 225 allegedly produced) registered for road use in 2018 making this a very limited edition Mitsubishi Evo, some have been shipped overseas, others into collections, and sadly, some written off! Most experts agree that the MR FQ360 is the best all-rounder road going Rally Bred Evo Model.
Few would disagree that the final 4g63 Engine Evo IX model will be most one of the most collectable and desirable of the lineage, prices, in line with other low volume specialist cars, have seen drastic price increases in recent years and with so few UK MR360’s produced we can only see prices going one way. We know a number of serious collectors too who have added limited Evo’s to their collections, sitting alongside the likes of Ferrari’s and Porsche GT2 and GT3 models! and as a high day/holiday modern classic an Evo is a brilliant driving experience (as well as an investment) and one that will still show a clean pair of heels to many a supercar too on a twisty B road!
For the uninitiated the Evo IX models were VIII MR (Mitsubishi Racing) specification plus MIVEC engine camshaft control. Front Bumper Face-lift and a rear diffuser, The final FQ360 MR model has the HKS tuning parts and Ecu re-map that are employed by Mitsubishi UK to up-rate the UK FQ Evo models. It’s not just the phenomenal 366bhp, 363ft/Ibs appearing at just 3,200rpm! It’s no wonder that 0-60 comes up in blistering 3.9 seconds (there are still not many hot hatches that can do that produced now) and with handling as close to a Group N Rally car you can get what more could you ask for! Very few cars hold the raw driver appeal and involvment of an Evo.
Specification on this example:
- Final variant of 4G63 engine with Mivec Cam Control.
- Factory HKS Intercooler, Hardpipes, Air Filter, Exhaust and ECU to make 366Bhp
- Super Active Yaw Control (SAYC) Drive Control
- Super Active Centre Differential (SACD)
- Face-lift Front bumper and Rear Diffuser found on the IX
- 17″ Speedline Turini unique to the 360MR (On original A046 Tyres)
- Bilstein Suspension twinned with Eibach Sport Springs
- Brembo Performance Brakes all round
- Xenon Headlights
- Black Chrome Light Inserts unique to the IX
- Carbon Exterior Splitter, Vortex, Spoiler Blade and Exhaust Surround unique to the 360MR
- 360MR by HKS unique badging
- Factory Privacy Glass
- IX MR Embroidered Recaro Sports Bucket Seats (£2,500 Option)
- Contrast Red Stitching throughout the interior unique to the 360MR
- Gloss Black Dash Inserts unique to the 360MR
- Ralliart 3 Gauge Display
- Climate Control with Air Con.
- Electric Windows.
- Electric Folding Mirrors.
- Auto Lights
- Fitted Carpet Mats
This MR has a detailed extensive service history visiting specialists at 1,226, 3,092, 3,790, 5,371, 5,979, 8,319, 9792, 10,961, 13,257, 15,134, 15,199, 16,110 and 16,649 Miles. It will also receive a Cambelt and oil service for its new owner at a renowned specialists, as part of sales preparation and preservation, we are also having the underside box sections re wax oiled, main chassis sections sympathetically cleaned and clear sealed to retain factory look, but enhance protection. Comes with a history file full of receipts.
All of our sales cars undergo an Inspection before being placed on sale, a pre-delivery workshop check is also carried out before a car leaves us for its new owner and a HPI Clear Certificate is also provided too of course.
Call the Showroom on 01384 442369, or Andy 07769 298268 for further Information or to arrange a viewing.
Excellent Finance packages available for Business users and Private purchasers that can be tailored to suit your Individual requirements.
Part Exchanges welcome too of course.
“What the Press Say”
We won’t see the like of the Evo’s breed again. WRC now exclusively features aero-honed superminis, and zero homologation specials. Meanwhile, the hot hatchback genre recovered from neglect and unfashionable joyrider connotations in the mid-Noughties and swallowed the 300bhp-plus four-door territory. They seat a family, swallow a pet, breeze the daily grind and apply well over 300bhp to the road with unthinking ease. Without forgetting our must-have smartphone connectivity.
This engine – the famous 4G63 unit that powered nine of the ten Evo generations – is an education in how thrilling a turbocharged power delivery can be. You’ll want eyes on the road when the wall of boooOOST careers into your backside and ruthlessly dropkicks the car up the road. And it’s really worth hanging on for the redline, just to experience how relentless the torrent of power becomes. And addictive. Ostensibly, there’s been a decade of progress between this variant of Mitsubishi’s mighty 4G63 twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder engine and now – but honestly, in pure performance terms, you’d hardly know it.
Quiet, of course, it isn’t. Not in the running gear, and certainly not at the business end of the angry buzz emerging from the ginormous HKS exhaust either. Nor is it slow. Not by any contemporary measure. That ought to be a given for a 1400kg Evo with 363lb ft available from 3200rpm – and yet somehow its reputation hardly prepares you for the enormous, ever-escalating thrust which appears at middling revs, and barely tapers past 7000rpm.
Beyond the control surfaces and the ever-ready 4G63, it is the ACD and Super AYC doing the heavy lifting. When the steering input is small and the bend long and fast, the drivetrain does no more than is required to make the MR seem neutral and steadfast on its line. But in slower, constant radius corners, the four-wheel-drive system’s dynamism isn’t far short of breath-taking. Very few AWD systems created in the intervening years succeed so intuitively or adapt as spontaneously to the whim of the driver.
Ten years on and the rest of the industry might have caught up with the FQ-360’s outlandish power output – not to mention the gains made in efficiency, refinement, reliability and quality – but it hasn’t come close to replicating its supremely tactile limit or the built-in level of entertainment beyond. From a 2018 perspective, that’s rather disheartening – as is the knowledge that the MR FQ-360 by HKS was the Evo’s final high note, before the slippery slope of the X and the ignominy of cancellation thereafter.
Mitsubishi though, saved the best for last. In the final year of IX production, its UK importer announced that 200 examples would be distinguished with the MR FQ-360 by HKS badge. Within this mouthful (which was also a little too much for the boot lid) it was the MR – or Mitsubishi Racing – bit that confirmed this as the variant which wore shortened Eibach springs, lowering the car 10mm at the front and 5mm at the back onto Bilstein dampers and 17-inch Speedline Turini alloys.