Words by Matt de Prez @mattdeprez
Photography by Rowan Cullen @rowancullen
When setting up this site, much deliberation occurred over what the benchmark for a performance car is. Sure you have super cars, hyper cars and hot-hatches but there are certain saloon cars that pack an almighty punch, even SUV’s like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo fit the bill. On the flip side there are many cars with sporting intentions that don’t quite live up to the ‘performance car’ name.
In the end we decided that a 7 second or less 0-60 time would be the definitive statistic. Perhaps a bit vague but it opens the door to some interesting debates further down the line.
There was no doubting the credentials of the Mitsubishi Evo 9 but when the opportunity arose to have a play in an FQ360 I was rather excited to learn it almost halved my benchmark time by reaching 60MPH from rest in just 3.9 seconds.
The Evo isn’t a one-trick-pony either, eight generations of 4wd development means this four door super car can change direction at lightning speed with little to no body roll. A Brembo brake setup all round takes care of stopping this 157MPH machine.
Mitsubishi engineers have managed to extract 366BHP and 363lb ft of torque from the FQ360s 2.0 engine with a focus on adding mid range punch. A new turbo, intercooler and ECU set this model apart from lesser versions in the range.
The FQ360 is much more driveable than previous hot evo’s. Despite being down on power to its predecessor the Evo 8 FQ400, this car is much less strained at low revs in higher gears and offers a more compliant ride.
A return of the roof mounted fins as found on the old FQ400 highlight this models performance intentions along with the carbon fibre splitter. Mitsubishi only made 200 of these FQ360 models so they are rarer than many super cars, and in the right gear, just as quick.