Mitsubishi Evo X FQ-330 SST review

Great news for Evo lovers, as paddle-shift reaches more powerful Mitsubishi Evo X

Evo rating
  • SST makes sense with more power
  • Evo X still lives in the shadow of the Evo IX

Here at Evo Towers we’ve blown hot and cold over the tenth version of our namesake Lancer, primarily because of its technical advancements and more polished finish. As a ground covering tool it would be hard to find anything more efficient and there are fleeting moments of greatness, but we miss the interaction and rally-raw feel of the old Evo IX.

The optional SST twin-clutch gearbox introduced with the X did little to help the new car’s case. Up until now, however, the SST ’box was only available on the basic FQ-300, which led us to conclude that it wasn’t beefy enough to cope with more power. Well, apparently it is, as now the 324bhp FQ-330 can be ordered with it too, and the great news is that it makes for a far more intriguing package.

The bias of the Evo’s four-wheel-drive system is rearward and here it has enough power to give the driver more options, with both power and lift-off oversteer on the menu. The blink-and-you’ve-missed-it gearshifts are more in keeping with this new-found feistier character too. The great news for Evo lovers, then, is that some of the missing spirit has returned.

Mitsubishi Evo X FQ-330 SST specifications

EngineIn-line 4-cyl, 1998cc, turbo
Max power324bhp @ 6500rpm
Max torque322lb ft @ 3500rpm
Top speed155mph (limited)
0-62mph4.4sec (claimed)
Price£35,999
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