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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 20th 2009
4— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, June 20, 2009 FalconXR8or aCommodore SS.And with a sophisticated all-wheel-drive system for extreme cornering grip. It’s the FQ-400, billed as ‘‘the most powerful, accelerative Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X’’. It’s hitting the roads in Britain this month. There, the home of many motorsport constructors, they have a respected network of car tuners who take fast-production cars and make them even quicker. The Mitsubishi Evo and its rival, the Subaru WRX, each get various versions of hot-up kits from a num- ber of hot shops in Britain. This Lancer Evo FQ-400 is the product of WRC Developments, with a nod from Mitsubishi’s British importer. The model gets its name from the 403hp (300kW of power) produced — an incredible output from the two-litre, four-cylinder, tur- bocharged engine. And in a road car. The engine gets motorsport-spec high-flow fuel injectors and a new turbocharger with low-friction bear- ings and reduced turbo lag. It’s fed by an upgraded intercooler. Exhaust gases are sent via a 75mm diameter stainless steel pipe. Five-hundred hours of develop- ment went into remapping its ECU. The regular Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X on sale in Australia is no slouch: 217kW power at 6500rpm and 366Nm torque at 3500rpm. The FQ-400 offers 300kW at 6500rpm and a big 525Nm torque at 3500rpm. (A six-litre Commodore SS V8 gives 270kW and the Falcon XR8, 290kW). Mitsubishi and WRC Devel- opment say the FQ-400 is good for a zero to 100km/h sprint in 3.8 seconds. It’s governed to 250km/h. It has a wider track than standard and is lowered 30mm, wearing Ei- bach springs and Bilstein shock absorbers, as well as an upgraded Lancer out-performs the exotics A STUART INNES LANCER that will out- accelerate exotic super cars has a two-litre engine giving more power than a DON’T BLINK: Mitsubishi’s Lancer Evolution X FQ-400 looks good coming, above, and going, below. brake system using aerospace-grade aluminium. The FQ-400 is picked over the normal Evo X by a heavily vented bonnet for engine heat to escape, carbon-fibre elements in the grille edging, composite side skirts, re- styled rear bumper with carbon-fibre diffuser, rear wing withGurneystrip and a ‘‘vortex generator’’ on the roof trailing edge. Inside are Recaro seats, seven airbags, sat-nav and 30GB hard-drive on the sound system. The FQ-400 sells for a tad over $A100,000 in Britain where the regu- lar Evo X costs from around $60,000. TheMitsubishiEvo andits rival, the SubaruWRX,each get various versions of hot-up kits froma numberof hot shops in Britain Think I’ll take the Commodore today KEVIN HEPWORTH E FOR SALE: The Holden Monaro used in Underbelly2. Getting the getaway car In its heyday the A RARE Holden Monaro used in the hit television series Underbelly is tipped to fetch up to $160,000 when it goes to auction next month. The brilliant-blue metallic coupe was made famous in a recent episode of the series. It goes under the hammer at Shannons classic car auction at the Sydney Show- grounds on July 12. The Holden HK Monaro GTS 327 is consideredaclassicandhas only 89,000 miles (143,000km) on the clock. In its heyday the Monaro was a powerful Bathurst race car, winning its first Bathurst enduro just after its launch in 1968. Delivered new by Stacks Holden in Rose Bay, the two-owner metallic Monaro was build number 312 of what is now one of the country’s most collectable muscle cars. Shannons describes the coupe as show- room perfect. It comes with all the wanted Bathurst ‘ Monaro was a powerful Bathurst race car Monaro features, including its original 5.3-litre Chevrolet-sourced V8 engine, four- speed manual gearbox, limited slip differen- tial, stiffer sports suspension, power front disc brakes and a long-range fuel tank. ’ The vendor, who like the fictional Under- belly characters prefers to fly under the radar, is only the car’s second owner. He bought the car in 2002 and has maintained it in top mechanical condition. The car is being sold with its glovebox lid signed by actress Kate Ritchie, who played Judy Kane in the hit series. It also comes with personalised ‘‘Ubelly’’ NSW numberplates. VEN car thieves pre- fer Commodores. Australia’s most pop- ular family sedan has topped an insurance poll of the most stolen cars across the country. An analysis of AAMI insur- ance claims showed that early model Holden Commodores filled nine out of 15 on a national basis. The most popular target for thieves was the 1999 VT Com- modore Executive with 150 across the country. Another Commodore, the 1998 VT Ber- lina, took silver on a national basis. Ford’s 1999AUFalcon Forte was ranked third nationally with 128 stolen. AAMI Corporate Affairs Manager Mike Sopinski said it wasn’t surprising 1990s makes and models featured so prominently on the list. ‘‘Vehicle theft has dropped remarkably over the past 10 years, primarily because of advances in technology and theft deterrents such as en- gine immobilisers increas- ingly being a standard feature on new cars,’’ he said. Mr Sopinski said the domi- nance of Commodores on the list had nothing to do with a particular lack of security on the Holden model. THIEVES’ CHOICE: 1999 VT Commodore Series II Executive. ‘‘If anything they are a victim of their own popularity with professional thieves seeking to cash in on strong demand for spare parts,’’ Mr Sopinski said. The AAMI data mirrored figures collated by the Nation- al Motor Vehicle Theft Reduc- tion Council (NMVTRD) which reported three times as many Commodores than Fal- cons were stolen in the first three months of this year. According to the NMVTRD figures 1767 Commodores were stolen compared to 507 Falcons and 288 Hyundai Ex- cels. While industry figures point to a 50 per cent reduc- tion in car theft over the past five years, Mr Sopinski said there are some simple steps owners can take to make their cars less appealing to thieves. ‘‘At a very basic level, driv- ers can be doing a lot more to keep their car safe and secure, such as parking in well-lit visible places, always locking doors and windows, and keep- ing personal items like sun- glasses, handbags and port- able music devices hidden from view,’’ Mr Sopinski said.
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