Just moments after it unveiled the Evo X concept in Detroit, Mitsubishi UK has released this, the Evo IX MR FQ-360.
We've lost count of the number of special-edition Evo IXs, but Mitsubishi assures us that this really is the final edition of the current Evos. Presumably that's because there's no room on the bootlid for a longer name.
But there's more to the MR FQ-360 than a silly name. The turbocharger has been tweaked to provide improved response, and an HKS tuning kit pushes power to 366bhp and 363lb ft. That's sufficient to shove the Evo to 60mph in 3.9sec. Along with the engine upgrades, there have been changes to the springs and shocks, lowering the ride height by 10mm at the front and 5mm at the back.
A new carbonfibre lip spoiler helps improve high-speed stability, while new 11-spoke alloys mimic those on the Evo rally car. Inside, there are logos on the seats and a new piano black trim on the dash.
Just 200 MR FQ-360s will be available, priced at £35,539 with leather upholstery or £34,539 without leather. The Evo X isn't due until 2008.