Road test: 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII FQ300 | The Car Enthusiast |

12 Oct 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Road test: 2002 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VII FQ300 | The Car Enthusiast |
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I believe it is only right to this test-drive report an explanation. First of all, a reader of The Car Enthusiast you will know that the Mitsubishi Evolution is a very desirable You probably know that the VII is the in a line of cult rally for the road.

So what then is the

It is easiest to start with the – 300. No problem the car has 300lbs.ft of torque and 305bhp. Not the regular Evo VII is exactly underpowered of torque and 276bhp).

Now, the fun – FQ. Mitsubishi are a socially allegedly a politically correct Which is why they couldn’t print the real meaning of FQ. Q is for quick. So what in the English could the F stand for?

sorry, but I am not going to print the here for you, as I’m your imagination can do it for me. Yes, it is the word you are thinking.

The marketing that thought that up was not really stretching the truth (for a change). The Mitsubishi Evo VII FQ-300 certainly lives up to the The basis is the trusty 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine found in the Evo VII, complete with (and obligatory water In base form, this the not insignificant mass of the Lancer kg) from standstill to 62mph in 5.5 seconds.

The FQ however, manages it in 5.1! So, in the same amount of time it has you to read this sentence you be breaking the speed limit in the UK. A thought indeed, as is the fact the top speed of 157mph may sound in today’s world, but don’t that many Evos are used on trackdays, where top end is as important to the driver.

So where all this extra power from? First of all, the reason for Japanese supercars to be to 276bhp is a gentleman’s agreement the manufacturers, ostensibly to act responsibly. We all that these powerplants are of more, so it is just a case of how it can be legally. In the case of the FQ-300, the Evo VII is actually receiving an aftermarket – post-registration. The bigger are extracted by careful attention to the

The system is bespoke, being using aircraft grade steel throughout with 75mm diameter tubing. this design promotes higher gas flow, allowing the to spin up more quickly should reduce lag and increase torque. I would certainly with that claim considering the boost on offer is very little lag at all, once you learn how to drive the car

Amazingly, the car retains legal levels thanks to the use of the original convertor.

To take advantage of the new Mitsubishi quote changes to the characteristics by which I assume mean cam timing, which in bringing the turbo in earlier. results in 10% more torque 3000rpm and over 5000rpm, as as better overall response coupled with a freer air filter, allows the engine to rev at the top end. I can back that up.

At the red line, it feels like the could rev for another thousand Damn rev limiters!

Though you never (sensibly) extract of the FQ-300’s performance on the public it certainly is fun at 75-80%. There are cars that can accelerate as of course, and others that eclipse the Evo in a straight line. will not be many though keep up with the Evo VII on a sodden day on a twisty minor B road.

As a Subaru Impreza WRX driver

Four-wheel drive has been with turbocharging for a long – all thanks to Audi and the Mitsubishi though are not a company to rest on current technology In line with the WRC team like to push the boundaries. helping you keep the FQ-300 other Evo VIIs) on the road/track is an of clever electronics with sounding abbreviations: ABS, AYC and ACD. I sense a call for explanation.

Obviously ABS is the standard Anti-lock System, and LSD is a Limited Slip (in a way a drug itself!). On top of that we Active Yaw Control and the superb Centre Differential.

Many will not care of course these gubbins are, but the of this level of sophistication are obvious. The first few days the car were quite dry for instance, and I the ACD setting on Tarmac. In this the car gripped wonderfully, yet allowed me to with the balance of the car. the photo shoot, the weather was kind, and to start with we a little worried about it all as the Evo felt like a lairy drive car.

Adam J, our test editor suggested with the ACD settings, and lo-and-behold, the balance was restored when on the setting. In fact, the Lancer out to be more fun than in the dry if anything, the driver to power through and out of safe in the knowledge that the is being carefully divided out to wheel. As soon as the roads dry though we switched back, as seemed to be some unusual from the differentials themselves.

there was no snow about to try the setting in. I wonder if Mitsubishi be so kind to let us have the car back in

You see, you could actually this car all year round. As a car you will gladly put up with the than normal ride in for exceptional handling and body You could also convince that you are travelling fast because the ride is better at speed – not that I many officers of the law would to be too

You would also put up with the consumption though you may need to go on a to afford it – I used the fuel consumption over economy for a very good Bizarrely, the family and their can easily fit into the large shell, which may help you do explaining yourself when you the family saloon to buy yourself

Personally, I’d wait. The generation – Evo VIII – is due in the UK early in 2003. Mitsubishi are going to do the right and it will no longer be a grey brought in by Mitsubishi UK, but a pucka approved import. There’s – the basic Evo (I have to typing that) will be two cheaper than the current and availability will be sufficient.

more is that Mitsubishi UK has that the FQ-300 transformation (to it an upgrade is to under-sell it) will be So start saving. FQ.



Stupendous allied to real world throughout the rev range.


of four cylinder engines be converted when they and hear this cracking


Unquestionably one of the best road cars we have Crucially, that phrase no matter what the weather.

Allied with that brilliant chassis and engine the Evo is a real driver’s car. It a star due to a reluctant gearchange and the is a little too sensitive at autobahn


The looks of the Evo VII grew on us the course of the week with the However, as stunning as it is, it may attract attention. Then again, why not go the hog and make it as aggressive as the Evo VI?

The is a surprisingly nice place to be, with carbon fibre and those Recaro seats. of us would want to turf out the seats and fit a roll cage.

We to dock a star though as the used are not worthy of the full stars.


If the ABS, EBD and grip don’t keep you out of then at least you know you are by a strong saloon shell and by airbags.


The stereo is decent The chassis wizardry is superb. The bits are electric and it even has air con what more do you want? A six gearbox would be good.

The Subaru Impreza and the Mitsubishi Evo have been head-to-head for a while now. However, in they are very different The current pretender to the Evo VII throne is the Impreza WRX STi Type UK. It has only but is nearly as quick in a straight and the boxer engine sounds better. The Scooby is also cheaper to buy.

Having not the Subaru yet, I can not really which is the better car. I believe that the Evo wins the battle. You’ll have to for yourself which rally you want to drive.


to Bryan Sims we have video footage of the Evo VII in action on the Please note that limits were adhered to. here to download it.

Note it is 4.12Mb in size, though the alone is worth it!

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