Since its introduction in 2008, the Lancer Evolution X has been an enormous success, gaining popular acclaim from customers and the media alike. Now, after extensive testing, Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has added the eagerly awaited FQ-330 SST to its already impressive line-up.
The FQ-330 SST model utilises a breathing kit and ECU re-map to accomplish its enhanced power output, and has been systematically tested over the past 6 months to achieve successful results. This power upgrade noticeably improves not only the acceleration, but also significantly enhances the drive.
Power increased to 329 bhp
The power upgrade to 329 bhp is achieved by the addition of a high performance exhaust and downpipe, an intercooler piping kit, racing suction pipe, and upgraded CAT, which delivers an additional 36 bhp and 22 lb ft of torque mated to the advanced 6-speed Twin-Clutch Sports Shift Transmission.
The performance figures for the FQ-330 SST are:
Max. output (kW (bhp) / rpm): 242 (329) / 6500
Max. torque (Nm (lb ft) / rpm): 437 (322) / 3500
Acceleration 0-62 mph (secs): 4.4
Max. Speed (mph (kph)): 155 (250)
Product line up and specification
The Lancer Evolution X FQ-330 SST includes the following standard equipment:
- Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC)
- 18″ Enkei alloy wheels
- Brembo braking system, including 2-piece front brakes
- Eibach coil springs
- Bilstein shock absorbers
- HID xenon headlamps with Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS)
- Recaro front seats
- Bluetooth hands-free system
- Leather sports steering wheel with audio controls
- Front, side, curtain and knee airbags
- Privacy glass
- Front fog lamps
- ISO Fix
- Automatic headlamp and wiper sensors
- Remote central locking
- CAT1 approved alarm/immobiliser
- CAT5 approved tracker system + 1 year free subscription
- HDD satellite navigation system
- Rockford premium audio & Music Server – 6 premium speakers + subwoofer
- iPod/MP3 auxiliary input port
The GSR SST benefits from the fitment of Mitsubishi’s 6 speed TC-SST (Twin Clutch Sports Shift Transmission) automated manual gearbox with steering column mounted magnesium paddle shifters.
This advanced transmission puts odd (1st, 3rd, 5th) and even (2nd, 4th and 6th) gears on separate input shafts, each with its own clutch, and switches between these clutches to produce an almost seamless and lightning-fast gear change in either fully automatic or manual transmission modes. A switch located at the base of the gear selector allows the driver to choose between Normal, Sport and Super Sport modes for optimum shifts in a wide variety of situations ranging from driving around town to taking tight lines on winding roads. Because the TC-SST uses clutches rather than a torque converter to transmit power it benefits from improved efficiency and better fuel economy.
Colours and price
The FQ-330 SST is available in Cool Silver (M); Orient Red (M); Lightning Blue (P); and Phantom Black (P) colours with metallic and pearlescent paint included in the price of £35,999, £3,000 more than the FQ-300 STT variant.
Insurance groups and servicing
A testament to Mitsubishi’s confidence in the FQ-330 SST’s reliability comes in the form of its 3-year unlimited mileage warranty, and pan-European breakdown and recovery service.
Servicing too is highly affordable with the first 3-years / 30,000 mile servicing available for just £495 with the Mitsubishi Service Plan. The insurance group rating for the new model is 20A, in line with the 5-speed manual variant with the same power output.