The first Mitusubhi Lancer Evolution was produced by the Japanese company to allow it to enter the 1992 World Rally Championship the car Combined the four-wheel-drive system from the Galant model with the smaller Lancer chassis and Mitsubishi’s four-cylinder 244 bhp turbocharged engine. Because, as a road car, this was something rather special, Mitsubishi had no trouble shifting 5,000 examples in Japan to fulfill its homologation requirements, and so, initially at least, the were no official exports of the car.
Over the next few years, the Evolution was further developed: in fact, a new version was produced almost annually, so that by1998, the eighth generation, or Evolution VIII, had appeared. Some earlier Evolution cars had been sold outside Japan as grey imports, but the Evo VIII was the first to be exported by Mitsubishi to the UK and other European markets.
At that time, the Japanese Evo VIII was producing 276 bhp! according to official figures, but regulations in Mitsublshi’s home market banned any advertising of power outputs over that figure . and the car’s true power output was undoubtedly greater. It’s real Potential become clear only when cars preferred for the UK Market : in fact the FQ400 VIII, as marketed for Mitsublshi by Ralliart UK, produced 405 bhp thanks to special tuning. That translated into O-60 mph acceleration in 3.5 seconds’ 0-100 mph in 9.1 seconds and a maximum speed, of 176 mph 283 km/h. That made it one of the fastest cars on the road not least because its permanent four –wheel drive gave it massive traction and race –bred handling.
In 2005, the Evolution IX was launch simultaneously in Japan and Europe,a lear indication of the importance of latter market in maintaining the Evo’s image, and once gain, it performance. There was therefore Mitsubishi revealed the concept-X car at the Tokyo motor show later that year, a design study that foreshadowed the evolution X, which would appear in 2008.
Like all lancer evolution before it, the evo X hs permanent four-wheel drive and a four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0-litre ingine. But there the similarity ends because, despite its name, the evolution X is no mere evolution, but a wholly new model that boasts and incredible display of technologies.
Three engine outputs were available at lunch ranging from 290 bhp in the entry –level Evolution X FQ300 to 354 bhp in the flag ship FQ360. Torque was equally impressive ranging from 402 Nm to 492 Nm. That Translate in the quickest Evo to 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.1 seconds and a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph / 259 km/h.
But even that wasn’t sufficient Performance for the Evo’s most hardcore devotees, so Mitsubishi introduced the FQ400 model, with peak power boosted to 403 bhp at 6,500 rpm and peak torque to 525 Nm at 3,500 rpm. Acceleration time for 0 to 62 mph is down to 3.8 seconds, though the top speed remains firmly limited to 155 mph / 259 km/h.
Ensuring all the FQ400’s power is put to good use is Mitsubishi’s Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) four-wheel-drive system, which adjusts the torque according to which wheels have the best grip, giving the, FQ400 sensational performance? The S-AWC system combines a number of electronic systems, Including Active Stability Control arid Active Center Differential, Active Yaw Control and Sport ABS, giving the FQ400 optimum cornering ability, traction and grip. In a nod towards the Evo’s rallying heritage, the driver can select the most suitable set-up for the S-AWC system – Tarmac, Gravel or Snow – via a wheel-mounted button.
To produce 403 bhp from a 2.0-liter engine, high-flow fuel injectors are fitted to the aluminium cylinder head, and a new hybrid intercooled turbocharger with increased response and reduced turbo lag is also specified. In addition, a remapped Engine Control Unit allows incredible output, excellent drive ability and sensational acceleration, depending on demand. The Evo X can move through town traffic as easily as it can take on a rally special stage – and all with the convenience of a standard saloon car offering seating for five as well as useful luggage space. It’s a perfect example of practicality with explosive performance potential.
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION X
ENGINE: 1,998 cc inline 4- cylinder
MAXIMUM POWER: 354 bhp at 6,500 rpm
MAXIMUM TORQUE: 492 Nm at 3,500 rpm
MAXIMUM SPEED: 155 mph /259 km/h
0-60 MPH ACCELERATION: 4.1 secs
TRANSMISSION: – 5 speed manual
LENGTH: 177 in / 4,495 mm
WIDTH: 71 ¼ in / 1,810 mm
HEIGHT: 58 ¼ in / 1,480 mm
WHEELBASE: 104 ¼ in /2,650 mm
MANUFACTURE DATE: 2008- Present
BRAKES: disc (f and r)
SUSPENSION: MacPherson strut (f), multi-link|(r)
WHEELS: alloy, 18 in
TIRES: 245/40 R-18 (f and r)