It’ll be “all-white” on the night for fans of the Mitsubishi Evo as the manufacturer has promised that 40 special edition versions of the iconic rally-bred machine will be hitting dealers this September.
Designed to celebrate Mitsubishi’s 40th year in the UK, the hot models will be all white and are set to be the “most powerful Evos ever”, according to the company’s UK boss Lance Bradley.
The car’s power output hasn’t yet been finalised, but Bradley admitted the firm had tried one recently with 600bhp and that the Evo’s 2.0-litre turbocharged engine was good for as much as 700bhp.
The last Evo models sold in the UK were FQ400 models with 400bhp – enough to hit 60mph in 3.5 seconds – and when we suggested an FQ440 badge would fit nicely with the brand’s anniversary, Bradley smiled and remained tight lipped.
“They’ll carry the FQ badging and will be the most powerful Evo ever,” said Bradley. “They will be a great way to sign off the last internal combustion engined Evos before they’re replaced in the future by hybrid versions.”
The brand’s dealers already have more orders for the special edition Evo Xs than Mitsubishi has cars for. There is currently an internal discussion going on as to how the cars will be allocated to buyers – it could even come down to a ballot.
Bradley added: “These will be the last of this chapter of Evos. There is a possibility that there will be one in the future based on a plug-in hybrid powertrain and that will be amazing – but this is the last of the internal combustion engine versions and we want to go out with a bang.”
With the rumoured power outputs and our knowledge of Bradley’s love affair with the Evo, we don’t doubt this will be anything other than true.
If you’ve missed the opportunity to place an order for this last of the line Evo, you can search our classifieds for a used Mitsubishi Evo X here.
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