RE: Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X FQ-440 | Spotted

RE: Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X FQ-440 | Spotted

Thursday 29th August

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X FQ-440 | Spotted

Just five years since its demise, the final Evo looks wilder than ever



Cast your minds back a decade or so, if you will, to what looked like being a resurgence for Japanese performance. The Nissan GT-R was officially in the UK, claiming scalps all over the place like an Inglorious Basterd; the 370Z had replaced the 350Z and was winning fans; and after lukewarm beginnings, both the Mitsubishi Evo X and Impreza hatch had more interesting variants available. We even saw the FT-86 concept from Toyota in 2009, at the Tokyo motor show, hinting at a promising future for the rear-drive Japanese sports car.

Seems a lifetime ago now, doesn't it? The GT-R still offers an experience like no other, but at considerably more money than what it once cost, the 370Z feels like an old sports car, and the rivalry between Impreza and Evo seems about as distant a memory as Oasis and Blur battling for number one on Top of the Pops. Still, while the cars aren't new anymore, there's plenty to discuss around the Subaru and Mitsubishi as modern classics.


While the Impreza died with a bit of a whimper - fluorescent yellow calipers and some badges marking the Final Edition - Mitsubishi was not going to let its icon die off so meekly. The FQ-440 was its valedictory special, a car that ostensibly marked 40 years of Mitsubishi in the UK but also served to remind everyone how utterly berserk the Evo could still be. The X was meant to be the most mature and refined Evo yet created, which irked a few enthusiasts; 220hp per litre aimed to ensure that its legacy was more fondly remembered.

Beyond the power, the anniversary car received Alcon brakes, BBS wheels, Eibach springs and Recaro seats. Just 40 came over here, and they cost Β£50,000 each - one for the serious collectors only. But what a way to go.

Five years isn't a long time in the grand history of the automobile, yet look what's happened since the 440's introduction. There's now a replacement A45 AMG, as well as another four-wheel drive, turbocharged A-Class with a bit less power; the Golf R has redefined expectations for a VW hot hatch; two Civic Type Rs have proven what's possible with front-wheel drive and the M135i has introduced a whole new audience to straight-six, rear-drive BMW thrills - then gone off sale.


There's a danger, therefore, that an Evo might feel a bit old hat, but also a suspicion that its way of doing things might have a timeless appeal, in much the same way as the STI. This much performance in a chassis that's proven itself so well suited to the UK promises to be a huge amount of fun.

Whether it'll be Β£35k of fun, however, is down to the prospective buyers. Certainly it's a healthy saving off the list price - just about a pound a mile in depreciation, actually - but there's no denying the plethora of alternative Evos at less money. This FQ-360, for example, is just Β£19k.

That said, none of the other regular Evos will have the limited edition cachet, nor the performance, of the mighty 440. Given its provenance the final Evo should always be in demand from the committed few, even if it's value may still drop a bit. Imagine how mad it's going to seem in another five years' time...


SPECIFICATION - MITSUBISHI LANCER EVO X FQ-440 MR
Engine:
1,998cc four-cyl turbo
Transmission: 6-speed dual-clutch automatic, four-wheel drive
Power (hp): 446@6,800rpm
Torque (lb ft): 412@3,100rpm
MPG: Probably very few
CO2: Probably very many
First registered: 2014
Recorded mileage: 15,000
Price new: Β£50,000
Yours for: Β£35,995

See the original advert here

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pacdes

Original Poster:

69 posts

106 months

Thursday 29th August
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These things were all about performance and yet no mention of 0-60. Lazy editorial.

CS Garth

2,012 posts

50 months

Thursday 29th August
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amongst my modest fleet I have an Evo VI which for me will always represents the pinnacle of Evo-ness

RevOne

45 posts

97 months

Thursday 29th August
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Slushbox and no WRC graphics?!

Would much prefer....

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...

WCZ

7,006 posts

139 months

Thursday 29th August
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not a great car.

iirc these had a black box on them at mitsubishi used the data to try and deny warranty claims if people were speeding etc

the 9 MR 360's were the best cars they made aside from the 6

Christmassss

633 posts

34 months

Thursday 29th August
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I think if I was going to spend serious money on an Evo, I would try and seek out an 7 RS Sprint.


Dave Hedgehog

11,085 posts

149 months

Thursday 29th August
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RevOne said:
Slushbox and no WRC graphics?!

Would much prefer....

https://www.pistonheads.com/classifieds/used-cars/...
oh yes, very much so

j8bbk

93 posts

41 months

Thursday 29th August
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WCZ said:
not a great car.

iirc these had a black box on them at mitsubishi used the data to try and deny warranty claims if people were speeding etc

the 9 MR 360's were the best cars they made aside from the 6
They denied warranty claims if the cars were used for motorsport or modified... so the same as the small print in any other car warranty. Not if you were speeding hehe Alhough there was a case in the US where they used ECU data to prove the a car was competing in autocross, which is technically a form of motorsport.

Chestrockwell

1,869 posts

102 months

Thursday 29th August
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I wish there was more info on this car on how it was to drive or what the gearbox was.

I feel like this car never really made an impact and I never knew it existed up until someone mentioned this evo having a higher specific output than the new A45 S.

This is either massively under rated or a very poor car. Anyone have any info?

GinSour

18 posts

25 months

Thursday 29th August
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All the X's come with a "Black box system". I was informed of this when i bought mine from the Mitsubishi dealer. Basically they just want to know if you use the launch control. They apparently go through clutches if you abuse them. The FQ440 comes with the expensive upgraded Dodson clutch kit.

I still have the warranty on mine and have had no problems with claims, the car has only been in for warranty work twice in the 3-1/2 years of ownership. I have also never launched the car but i do enjoy it as everyone who buys an Evo does.

I could be bias but i think they are great cars as are all Evos.


Dan_1981

13,967 posts

144 months

Thursday 29th August
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Still miss my 8.

Goodness me, what a car.


Augustus Windsock

1,767 posts

100 months

Thursday 29th August
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WCZ said:
not a great car.

iirc these had a black box on them at mitsubishi used the data to try and deny warranty claims if people were speeding etc

the 9 MR 360's were the best cars they made aside from the 6
Someone obviously read a recent edition ‘Modern Classics’ magazine ...(correct me if I’m wrong as I’m sure it’s this model they featured)
Not sure I could cope with an auto version of an Evo tbh, surely much of the fun is having a manual box. I loved my Impreza WR1, with its DCCD, but I’m certain I wouldn’t have bought it if it had anything other than a ‘Spanish’ gearbox.

fblm

16,599 posts

208 months

Thursday 29th August
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CS Garth said:
...Evo VI which for me will always represents the pinnacle of Evo-ness
Likewise VI RS for me please smile

(with a/c if anyone is selling!!)

Driver101

5,571 posts

66 months

Thursday 29th August
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There is still one sitting in the showroom of Mitsubishi Aberdeen.

I guess they are keeping it rather than selling it as it hasn't moved in all these years.

GinSour

18 posts

25 months

Thursday 29th August
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Driver101 said:
There is still one sitting in the showroom of Mitsubishi Aberdeen.

I guess they are keeping it rather than selling it as it hasn't moved in all these years.
Its now for sale at £55k!

They got 5 out of the allocated 40 cars.

WCZ

7,006 posts

139 months

Thursday 29th August
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Augustus Windsock said:
Someone obviously read a recent edition ‘Modern Classics’ magazine ...(correct me if I’m wrong as I’m sure it’s this model they featured)
Not sure I could cope with an auto version of an Evo tbh, surely much of the fun is having a manual box. I loved my Impreza WR1, with its DCCD, but I’m certain I wouldn’t have bought it if it had anything other than a ‘Spanish’ gearbox.
not read a car mag in years, i'm not even sure what auto evo you're referring to?

Driver101

5,571 posts

66 months

Thursday 29th August
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GinSour said:
Driver101 said:
There is still one sitting in the showroom of Mitsubishi Aberdeen.

I guess they are keeping it rather than selling it as it hasn't moved in all these years.
Its now for sale at £55k!

They got 5 out of the allocated 40 cars.
I remember they had two in the showroom at one point.

One of them had the wheel weights mounted on the outside lip of the alloys. Never seen that on anything other than steel wheels nobody cares about.

Just need that one collector to pay the £55k.

Augustus Windsock

1,767 posts

100 months

Thursday 29th August
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WCZ said:
Augustus Windsock said:
Someone obviously read a recent edition ‘Modern Classics’ magazine ...(correct me if I’m wrong as I’m sure it’s this model they featured)
Not sure I could cope with an auto version of an Evo tbh, surely much of the fun is having a manual box. I loved my Impreza WR1, with its DCCD, but I’m certain I wouldn’t have bought it if it had anything other than a ‘Spanish’ gearbox.
not read a car mag in years, i'm not even sure what auto evo you're referring to?
No offence meant btw! If you like PH then Modern Classics would be right up your street (in fact it’s the only mag I buy every month, other than the rare dip into Evo, or Classic&Sportscar).

Baileyk

39 posts

9 months

Thursday 29th August
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Seems reasonably priced when everywhere else is asking for 50k for one of these.

Butter Face

19,183 posts

105 months

Thursday 29th August
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I remember we had a 9 FQ360 then an X 330SST. Getting out of the former straight into the latter was a bit of a disappointment!

rossub

2,252 posts

135 months

Thursday 29th August
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WCZ said:
the 9 MR 360's were the best cars they made aside from the 6
I used to think that, but I’m led to believe the ‘best one’ is the JDM only 9 GT