(Darren Dugan) #1



Final Evo
gets 353kW
MITSUBISHI is giving the
venerable Lancer Evolution
a fitting send-off, unveiling
the ‘Evo X Final Concept’
at the recent Tokyo Auto
Salon. Power from the 2.0-
litre turbo four is boosted
to a whopping 353kW, fed
through the five-speed
manual gearbox. Other
improvements include
HKS Hipermax coilover
suspension and lightweight
RAYS 19-inch alloy wheels
with Yokohama Advan
Neova tyres. The car is likely
to remain exclusive to the
Japanese market, with a few
cars escaping to the UK and
United States.

Merc’s 335i
BRIDGING the gap between
the C-Class’s sedate C
and the full-house C63 AMG
variant is the new C450 AMG
4Matic. A rival to the Audi
S4 and BMW 335i M Sport,
the C450 is powered by the
same twin-turbo 3.0-litre V
as in the E400 but thanks to
extra boost pressure, now
makes 270kW/517Nm. It will
dispatch 100km/h in 4.9sec.
AMG has also fettled the
chassis and suspension to
complement the newfound
power. The AMG Sport model
is also all-wheel drive, which
will make it the first C-Class
to be offered in Australia
that doesn’t send its power
exclusively to the rear when it
arrives later this year.

Wild Horses

HPE700 will dash from 0-60mph
(97km/h) in just 3.6sec and
dispatch the quarter mile in 11.2 at
210.9km/h. The kit almost doubles
the price of a base Mustang GT, but
does include lightweight wheels, a
body kit and, crucially, a three-year
warranty. Just 500 will be built.
Only slightly further down on the
insanity scale is the new Shelby GT,
packed full of Ford Racing parts
such as a 468kW supercharger
kit, performance handling kit and
Wilwood six-piston front brake
calipers. There’s also a full array
of carbon-fibre exterior bits,
including bonnet, rear spoiler and
diffuser. The base GT is US$39,
(not including the donor vehicle),
but if that’s not enough, Shelby

offers further upgrades, including
a 522kW-plus power upgrade,
adjustable suspension and even
bigger brakes.
This is the first Shelby GT to be
developed for international markets,
but it’s not yet clear if it will be
offered as a complete vehicle in
Australia. What is certain is that
you’ll be able to buy all the various
parts through local tuner Rob
Herrod, who has been appointed
the Australian distributor of Ford
Racing Parts.
A number of Aussie tuners have
the new Mustang high on their
wishlist, so expect locally-modified
version to pop up shortly after the
car’s local release in late-2015, ready
to tackle Hot Tuner 2016! M


HILE Ford is happy
to slowly trickle out
ever-faster factory
versions of the
new Mustang (see page 38), the
aftermarket industry, as usual, is
taking matters into its own hands
and skipping a few steps.
Leading the charge is Texan tuner
Hennessey Performance, famous
for extreme examples of the Dodge
Viper and, of course, the crazy
Hennessey Venom GT supercar.
Hennessey is not known for doing
things by halves, and its 2015
HPE700 Mustang is no exception.
Thanks to a 2.9-litre supercharger
feeding the 5.0-litre Coyote V
7.25psi of boost, outputs rise from
325kW/543Nm to 535kW/856Nm.
And given US mag Road & Track
reported an HPE700 cranking
out 494kW/734Nm at the rear
wheels on the dyno, either the new
Mustang has an extremely efficient
drivetrain, or those claims might be
a little conservative.
Regardless, Hennessey claims the

Modifi ed Mustangs hit the streets

A supercharger lifts the Coyote V8’s

outputs to a hefty 535kW/856Nm

he streets

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