What is it?
The full-fat 354bhp version of the Evo X, only available with a conventional five-speed manual gearbox. Sadly the SST dual clutch transmission offered in the basic FQ-300 Evo isn't up to handling the torque of the upgraded motor - although a beefed-up version of the semi-auto gearbox may well follow.
The FQ-360 also makes do with just five transmission ratios rather than the six fitted to the Evo IX, because the five-speed gearbox is more resilient for competition use. The additional power comes from changes to the exhaust, intercooler, ECU and fuel pump rather than any modifications to the engine internals, leaving service intervals unaltered at 10,000miles.
To distinguish the FQ-360 from lesser 300 and 330 models, the Lancer’s clean lines are festooned with carbon-fibre add-ons, including a bulging lip spoiler, comb-like roof spoiler (think Evo XIII FQ-400) and what's described as a 'vortex downforce generator'.
What’s it like?
Visually a bit of a mess, all that carbon-fibre pretty much ruins the Evo X's good looks. Other than that, it's monumentally good, with far more of the old Evo whoosh-bang turbocharged power delivery than the sensible new FQ-300.
The new, free-breathing exhaust system means more of the engine's grumbles and whistles get to the cabin. There is more shove than you'd find in the lesser Evos - quite a bit more - but the 360 remains linear in its delivery from 3000 rpm to the redline.