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Mitsubishi Lancer FQ-360


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Mitsubishi Motors UK has unveiled a new and more powerful version of the Lancer Evolution IX supercar. A development of the FQ-340, the new FQ-360 features a 366bhp version of Mitsubishi's 2.0-litre turbo engine.

According to the company, the FQ-360 '…reaffirms the Evo's reputation as the everyday supercar, offering pace and practicality at an affordable price'.

The FQ-360 has been developed by engineers from Mitsubishi UK's motor sport and performance division, Ralliart, which was also responsible for the limited edition FQ-400. Launched in 2004, the FQ-400 was the fastest-ever production Mitsubishi and the new FQ-360 shares some of its key components.

Mitsubishi's engineers sought to improve the performance of the 1997cc 4-cylinder 4G63 twin-scroll turbo engine with the introduction of a high pressure fuel pump and a high-flow catalytic converter, both of which were employed in the FQ-400. The Engine Control Unit (ECU) has been fully reprogrammed to create a car that delivers 366bhp at 6887rpm and 492 Nm of torque at a lowly 3200rpm.

The torque output is the key to this car's character. The peak output is over 10 Nm more than the FQ-400 produced and is delivered 2200rpm lower down the rev range. "We've worked hard to optimise the FQ-360's driveability," says Paul Brigden, general manager, Ralliart. "We wanted to deliver the best possible driving experience, rather than concentrating on a headline-grabbing power output."

The FQ-360 will sprint from zero to 60 mph in an estimated 4.1sec, en-route to 160mph.

Subtle exterior enhancements differentiate the FQ-360 from the rest of the Lancer Evolution range and improve its aerodynamic efficiency at high speed. One of the most obvious changes is the introduction of a carbon fibre front lip spoiler, which is attached to the front apron and provides additional downforce. At the rear, a carbon fibre 'sharks tooth' rear vortex generator helps to reduce aerodynamic lift.

Keen 'Evo spotters' will also note the introduction of a bespoke set of alloy wheels. Developed by Speedline, they mimic the five-spoke design of Mitsubishi's tarmac-spec rally car and are not available as an aftermarket option. The new alloys are shod with Yokohama 17-inch tyres, which are shared with the rest of the Lancer Evolution range.

Available to order now, priced at £35,504 and making its debut at the British Motor Show, first deliveries of the FQ-360 are expected in September.

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Mitsubishi Lancer FQ-360
Japanese Import Car, New & Used Car, 2007