Great feedback guys - at the moment i reckon 350hp would be enough for me in an EVO.
Alot of the driving I do in anger is with a group of PH'ers and around Devon and Cornwall, regularly on Dartmoor. This is where the Evo would leave the Jag for dust.
The Jag is a powerhouse on an "A"road but winding around the lanes, I lose the rear end a fair bit due to the weight & Jaguar springs & shocks.
So I would appreciate something that handles like a lotus but carries kiddies to nursery !
I looked online at an Viii FQ330 which was pretty rare, the models only 4 months in production before the 340 arrived, better black ralli-art seats. But the piggyback chip system means to go upto 350hp i'd have to strip the chip out & start again - but would I need more than 330hp ??
Also watched a car online that started as a Viii 260 EU car, then had £5k of extras, new turbo, mapping etc etc restrained at 350hp.
So which is better, a stock FQ330 or a 260 with mods - two ways to the same result, I guess its down to opinion.
Those roads will be an ideal playground for the Evo!
the 4wd and weight advantage compared to the Jag you'll certainly feel the difference. The Jag is a nice car but as you say it depends on the roads you take it on, there isn't much that will keep pace with an Evo if driven properly.
Personally I would buy a FQ330 rather than a modded 260, IMO can never be to sure what mods have been carried out and how well or not they have been fitted and although a FQ330 may cost a bit more now they will hold their price better. But then that's just IMO. Also you may find that the interior on the FQ model is better than the 260, the IX FQ340 interior is nicer than the IX FQ300 for example. Compared to the Jag the 260 interior may be rather basic and while other Evo's wont be luxurious the environment helps.
You could also consider a VIII MR which has uprated shocks, cams and interior and other bits.
This may help (Taken from MLR http://www.lancerregister.com/showthread.php?t=156...
Evo VIII (Chasis number CT9A 020 XXXX for JDM/FQ models)
Evo VIII 260
• 2 cats (1 in down pipe, 1 in "normal" position)
• 5 speed gear box
• 9.8T housing (some with single flapper wastegate)
• Slightly modified Evo VII ECU (four plug)
• Euro Style Recaro interior c/w rear adjustable headrests - Leather / Suede option at cost
• Non-folding electric wing mirrors
• 8 MR pistons & head gasket
• No rear wash jet/wiper
• Small spoiler with brake light incorporated
• No SAS
• UK style Number Plates
• Integrated Fog lamp in rear light cluster
• Single Din dash
• Kenwood 6 speaker stereo system
• Large Battery
• Bridgestone Potenza tyres
• Non HID Headlights
• 3x3 ISOfixPoint Rear Seat Belts
• 17 digit chassis number on a plate riveted to the dash
Evo VIII FQ 300 – as 260 plus:
• Upgraded blue/black interior inc. narrower seats
• HKS Superdrager catback with HKS downpipe exhaust
• 3 Plug ECU
• Secondary Air System (SAS)
• More aggressive cams
• Folding electric mirrors
• Double Din stereo slot
• Climate Control
• Fog light in bumper
• Japanese-style front number plate holder
• Only one catalytic converter
• HKS Hardpipe kit
• HKS panel filter
• 6 speed gear box
• Yokohama Advan A046 tyres
• Rear brake light in windscreen
• Larger carbon spoiler (body colour paint on outer uprights)
Evo VIII FQ 330 – As VIII FQ 300 plus:
•upgraded black alcantara/leather interior
•piggy back ecu
•restrictor in pipe connected to wastegate actuator