2011 MITSUBISHI Evo X GSR SST FQ 300View vehicle description
Unveiled for the first time at the 39th Tokyo Motor Show in 2005, the tenth-generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was to be the last of its kind to wear the fabled ‘Evo’ badging, a name which stirs the very hearts of rallying and motorsport enthusiasts around the world, conjuring up images of the legendary Tommi Makinen at full-chat on dirt and rally courses, or perhaps drumming up nostalgic memories of time spent on early rally and racing simulator games.
Powered by an all-aluminium turbocharged 2.0-litre engine - codenamed 4B11T - the Evo X has between 276bhp and 440bhp depending on specification and market, and was available with either a five-speed manual transmission or Mitsubishi’s then-new six-speed SST dual-clutch automatic, which was released to the UK market for the first time in 2009.
In order to put down the power in the most useable way possible, the Evo X incorporated an all-new full-time four-wheel-drive system known as S-AWC (Super All Wheel Control) which utilised advanced torque vectoring to delegate power to the rear wheel(s) that need it the most during any situation.
Discontinued in 2014 and with no successor as of yet, the Evo X remains the last of the great Mitsubishi performance vehicles, and represents the end of an era of rallying giants.
First registered in March 2011, this particular Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X is a GSR SST FQ-300 model (what a mouthful!) and has enjoyed the company of just two owners since new, during which time it has covered less than 7,000 miles.
To decode the unhelpfully-long badging, we’ve broken it down below:
GSR SST - six-speed SST transmission-equipped car, mid-range model.
FQ-300 - engine rated at 291bhp (295PS)
Evidently cherished throughout its lifetime, despite its low mileage the car has a full Mitsubishi service history, with a total of eight stamps in the book, with servicing carried out in two-year intervals for the majority of its history.
Now, in near-pristine showroom condition, this Evo X is ready to be driven as Mitsubishi intended, or make its way into a high-end Japanese or performance car collection, owing to its fantastically well-preserved condition making it a strong collectors item.
On the Outside
Resplendent in Lightning Blue (also referred to as Octane Blue, depending on the market) this Evo X is in near-factory-fresh condition, having been cherished, cosseted and pampered by its two registered keepers, and used extremely sparingly throughout its lifetime.
As such, other than the odd stone chip to the front end (this is a performance car, after all) and the occasional usage mark - such as around the door handles - there are virtually no blemishes to speak of on the paintwork, and no doubt a full professional detailing would only serve to further enhance the already excellent depth and shine of the paint itself.
In the same vein, the bodywork is straight and true throughout, with no signs of any dents, dings or impact damage to speak of, nor any poorly-aligned panels, damage to the front grilles/intercooler, or chips to any of the light lenses.
All of the windows are free of any chips or cracks, whilst the badges are all present-and-correct.
Under the arches, all four wheels are wrapped in matching Yokohama Advan rubber - matching tyres are always a good sign of fastidious ownership in our opinion - and are free from all but the most minor of imperfections.
On the Inside
Moving inside, we’re greeted with the same factory-fresh, almost museum-quality condition that we’ve seen on the outside, owing to the car’s cherished ownership and limited use from new.
The supportive cloth Recaro bucket seats are figure-hugging in their nature up front, and more normal in the rear. All four seats are in outstanding condition, with only the lightest signs of use visible on the outer bolsters of the driver’s seat in particular.
Similarly, the carpets throughout are in great shape, whilst the rear seats, door cards and headliner look as we imagine that would have when they rolled out of the factory doors.
High-traffic areas such as the gear selector, handbrake, steering wheel and inner door sills show some very light, commensurate wear in keeping with the vehicle’s mileage and usage, but nothing that would be noticed by anyone other than the most fastidious of viewers.
In the rear, the upgraded Rockford Fosgate subwoofer fitted to the boot shows no signs of wear, whilst the luggage compartment as a whole was near-pristine.
From what we could tell during our photo shoot, all systems are working as they should be, with no faults reported from the vendor.
Up front, the 2.0-litre 4B11T inline-four engine presents fantastically under the bonnet, with all of the covers, dress-up plastics and trims being present. Whilst the covers obscured our view of the block itself somewhat, everything looks to be in its right-and-proper place, with no obvious leaks or issues that we could see.
Firing up with ease even from cold, the car immediately settles into a steady, smooth idle, and was happy to re-start numerous times, shuffle around and showed no signs of any untoward behaviours during our photo shoot.
Underneath, the chassis shows some light wear commensurate with the car’s age and mileage, but nothing that would give us any cause for concern.
The most recent MoT exam - dated 30 September 2021 - shows a clean pass with no advisory items.
Included with the vehicle is the V5, showing one former keeper, the stamped Mitsubishi service book with a total of eight stamps - all from Mitsubishi main dealers - and a handful of invoices related to servicing work and PDI inspections.
What We Think
A collectors-quality, low-mileage Evo X doesn’t come around too often, and this particular example must be one of the best on the market today. Presented with full OE Mitsubishi service history, low ownership and in outstanding condition throughout, this is an excellent opportunity for one lucky enthusiast to obtain a virtually showroom-fresh example of the last-of-the-line Lancer Evolution.
Offered for sale with an estimate of £36,000 to £40,000 this is an opportunity not to be missed.
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