Mitsubishi Evo X FQ400

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  • 39,995 Miles
  • Reg Date: 2009/59

Check out the Video of the Nissan GTR against the FQ400 – I would come to the same conclusion, as brilliant in many ways as It is I’d choose the Evo over the R35, Its far rarer too!

Here we have Super a 2009/59 limited edition Evo X FQ400 finished in Phantom Black Metallic with the Recaro Alcantara and Hide Trim Sports Seats. It’s travelled 39,500 miles from new by just two ownersJust 35 Evo X FQ400 models were built and this is one of just 6 finished in Black! A surefire investment and superb modern sports collectors car that is great fun to drive!

It has a full service history visiting the workshop @ 919,  3,386,  7,305,  10,219,  13,310,  18,390,  22,179,  25,616  28,581,  33,972,  33,972 and 37,220 miles a further service will be carried out too before this FQ400 leaves us for its new owner.

Its also just had a detailed inspection by http://www.c1-r.co.uk/ a company run by former Ralliart and WRC  Technician Chris Timmins and at his recommendation we have replaced the front Bilstein dampers, Top Mounts and fitted an uprated AYC Pump with 0ne year w’tee. The Oil Cooler has very recently been replaced too and the Alcon Front Brake Discs were replaced @ 33,972 miles. We have also cleaned the chassis and re-freshed the factory rustproofing. The history file is extensive and includes the official FQ400 certificate.

Autocar said …..

What is it?

The FQ-400 is the fastest, most powerful version of the Evo X, and a return for a name last seen on the Evo VIII. This time we have 403bhp, 387lb ft, an electronically limited 155mph top speed, and 0-62mph in 3.8seconds. Oh yes, and a price tag to match.

What’s it like?

In the scheme of things an extra 44bhp doesn’t seem like a massive jump from the already pretty poky FQ-360 (actually 359bhp), being only a 12 per cent increase. The torque boost (24 lb ft or 7 per cent) even less so. But as an experience, or more accurately, an event, the FQ-400 is so much more exciting than these numbers suggest.

Partly because of considerable extra pace, the reduced 0-62mph time undersells how much keener the FQ-400 responds, thanks to a revised low friction turbocharger.

The real transformation though, is in the character. When the Evo X first arrived, we were impressed with its newfound flexibility, but found the new 4B11 engine a touch anodyne – an accusation you could never level at the FQ-400. Given a specific output topping 200bhp/litre, that it is still flexible at low revs is impressive. This is no FQ-400 of old. From 2000rpm it is already pulling strongly, at 3000rpm it feels mighty, and at 5000rpm stupendously quick.

But where the FQ-400 really shines is at higher revs; although peak power arrives at 6500rpm, the FQ-400 will rev to 8000rpm, and unlike the FQ-360 feels happy doing so.

Fuel injectors aside, Mitsubishi haven’t changed any of the engine internals, only the ECU, turbo, intercooler and exhaust, but these alone give a more frenzied angry top end.

It also sounds miles better than the regular FQs, thanks to that new exhaust, complete with a Murcielargo style huge central tailpipe. At idle there is a restless deep burble, which hardens under load and is accompanied by a whole host of whistles and whooshes from the turbo. You really get the sensation of sitting in a proper rally machine. On the over run it pops constantly, and if you come of the throttle sharply at higher revs it produces a full-on rally style rifle crack which is outrageously anti-social, but utterly brilliant.

If all of that sounds like a nightmare to drive, it isn’t. Mitsubishi has solved the regular Evo’s lazy throttle response from idle, and new Alcon six piston calibres improve the already very good brake feel

Lowered by 30mm and running a 15mm wider track, the FQ-400 is even more tightly controlled through the corners. It still steers brilliantly and the extra power means you’re able to better exploit the excellent chassis balance. New lighter wheels mean that despite the lowered ride the ride doesn’t suffer materially, and these come wrapped with even stickier Toyo Proxes R1Rs tyres.

As you would expect Mitsubishi has gone to town on the FQ-400 exterior. In addition to the exhaust, there’s an even more pronounced front splitter, a gurney strip on the spoiler, vented sills and ludicrous number of bonnet scoops. It is completely over the top, but then what do you expect from the maddest version of an already pretty mad car?

Should I buy one?

If you want the most extreme Evo, then this is it. And unlike the last FQ-400, this one is a well-rounded useable machine. The big stumbling block is the price, as £49,999 is unjustifiable next to the cheaper, more powerful M3 saloon. But perhaps that’s the point. The FQ-400 is so far from being sensible to be unhinged, and that’s what makes it brilliant.

All of our sales cars undergo a complete Inspection before being placed on sale, supported by a comprehensive warranty, offering you complete confidence and peace of mind in your Investment. 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 Ian 07801 389439  for further Information or to arrange a viewing.

Finance packages available for Business users and Private purchasers that can be tailored to suit your Individual requirements.

Part Exchanges welcome too of course.

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