Priced at £50,000, the FQ-440 MR special edition features an ECU re-map, boosting power from its turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine to 440bhp and peak torque to 412 lb ft. The car comes with a six-speed dual-clutch auto transmission. Other performance modifications include a new exhaust system, air intakes, intercooler, motorsport-grade fuel injectors, sports brakes and a new tubular manifold.
The car also features lowered sports suspension at the front and rear. Exterior changes include new 18-inch alloy wheels, Xenon headlights and motorsport windscreen wipers. The car will only be available in white.
Inside, Mitsubishi has given the car new Recaro leather bucket seats, an eight-speaker audio system, an integrated seven-inch infotainment system with satellite navigation, Bluetooth with music streaming and a climate control system.
The firm also plans to fit all units of the FQ-440 MR special edition with a data recorder, connected to the car's on-board diagnostics system. The recorder stores data on driving style, performance, location and vehicle status. A three-year subscription to the data service is included in the price tag, and Mitsubishi says its fitment is a condition of the warranty.
Mitsubishi's UK boss Lance Bradley confirmed just 40 examples of the car will be coming to the UK, saying: "The Lancer Evolution has always been a halo model for Mitsubishi and this special edition is no exception. More powerful than ever before and with a very limited availability, it will be a ‘must have’ for all die-hard Evolution fans."