Last year marked the release of the 10th generation Mitsubishi Evolution. The faster rally bred version of the Mitsubishi Lancer, as many would like to put it, comes with the most advanced electronic systems that make it an animal on any given surface.
|The turbo intake and engine outlets|
Mitsubishi finally rid the soft look present in the Evo VIII and Evo IX and gave the X a handsome but aggressive functional design. Its design is an identity common to all new Mitsubishi Motors sedans (inverted-slant nose with a trapezoidal grille design) first seen on the new Gallant Fortis.
|The unique design|
It has large openings in the front that channel air to the engine of the car. On top the turbo air intake sits gracefully at the bonnet while two outlets on the bonnet channel out hot air from the car. The rear lights follow the same aggressive design characterized at the front. A most definite difference between the Lancer and the Evo is the massive spoiler gracing the boot.
|The amazing spoiler|
If you are looking for top of the line adrenalin rush trigger machine I suggest the FQ 400. It’s the fastest and most extreme version of the Evo X.
Its advanced, lightweight aluminum 2.0-litre turbocharged MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control) petrol engine produces an amazing 403 bhp. This takes it from 0-100km/h just 3.8 seconds and to a top speed of over 200 km/h.
|The cockpit department|
Ensuring all the FQ-400’s power is put to good use is Mitsubishi’s sophisticated Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) four-wheel-drive system, which sends power to the wheels that can best use it, giving the
|The side air intakes|
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-400 quite sensational cross-country performance. It combines Active Stability Control and Active Centre Differential, Active Yaw Control and Sport ABS and the result of all this is a machine with incredible cornering ability, traction and grip. The driver can select the most suitable set-up for the S-AWC system, three choices – Tarmac, Gravel and Snow – being offered via the wheel-mounted button and displayed in the central instrument binnacle. Trust me; there is no car I know that can handle like the Evo X. In places where others will be stuck, the Evo will be gliding and sailing without any difficulties.
|look at those rear lights|
The occupants enjoy Bluetooth hands-free telephone connection, a CD-tuner with 30 Gig hard drive, DVD satellite navigation and privacy glass. Features like remote central locking, automatic headlamps and windscreen wipers increase the FQ-400’s ease of use, the huge performance it offers not coming at the expense of usefulness. Like its Lancer it features comfortable seating for five as well as a usefully sized boot.
Prices start at Kshs 6 million (excluding taxes) a fair amount for anyone looking for a fast, spacious saloon.