What is it?
This is the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X GSR FQ-330 SST. It’s the mid-point of the three-tier Evo X range (until the nutty FQ-400 arrives) and it now gets Mitsubishi’s dual-clutch SST transmission, which was previously only available on the 291bhp FQ-300.
The FQ-330 also has the big-piped sports exhaust from the FQ-360, although it doesn’t get any of the carbonfibre aerodynamic trimmings from its bigger brother.
Perhaps most significant, however, is that the torque limiter, which allowed only 50 per cent of twist in first gear on early FQ-300 models, has gone.
What’s it like?
Not to put too fine a point on it, bloody marvellous. The SST-equipped Evo X FQ-330 could well be the sweet spot in the Evo X range.
The combination of the removal of the first gear torque limiter and the extra 38bhp transforms the Lancer’s performance off the line. The FQ-330 SST turns the Evo X into the traffic-light sprinter the occasionally lethargic FQ-300 looked like, but never was. The SST gearbox feels much smoother and more positive than in early Evo X’s, too.
On the motorway, and on fast, sweeping A-roads, the six evenly spaced ratios make the FQ-330 SST a much more relaxed companion than the FQ-360, with its gritty five-speed manual, could ever hope to be.