It has been almost six years since Mitsubishi axed the Lancer Evolution. The Evo X had a solid 9-year run, considerably more than any of the previous models. But we all know that this final version wasn't as well-received, at least not by the hardcore Evo enthusiasts. Still, today we're going to see how a special edition FQ-440 MR stacks up against the older Evo VI and VII variants. Only 40 of these cars were built, and they were rated for a solid 440 horsepower and 412 lb-ft (559 Nm) of torque.
But the FQ-440 MR weighs in at about 3,637 lbs (1,650 kg). That makes it the heaviest car to line up for the upcoming battle, and the heaviest one at the same time. But it does have a six-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox, and that might be of some use still. The Evo VII featured here is running just over 500 horsepower, thanks to its forged 4G63 engine and additional upgrades. And it's a lot lighter too, weighing in at around 3,086 lbs (1,400 kg). The third competitor today is the classic Evo VI, and this one is also packing a solid 500 horsepower.
Up next, it's the quarter-mile (402 meters) challenge. The Evo VI crosses the finish line in 12.44 seconds, which is almost a full second faster than what the Evo VII managed to pull off. Meanwhile, the Evo X takes 2nd place, with a time of 12.82 seconds. But the interesting part is just coming up. Not all the drivers that showed up for this race seem to be on top of their game, and that's bound to affect the outcome one way or another. The Evo VI asserts dominance from the get-go and doesn't break a sweat through the remainder of the runs.