2015 Lancer Evolution Final Edition

2015 Lancer Evolution Final Edition

With bated breath, the US market will finally be getting their chance to say hello, and goodbye to the new Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Final Edition. Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) has had the privilege of of announcing the final details of its final Evo, and with that, a final price tag of USD $37,995 (RM166,114) to go with it.

There’s no cushioning the blow despite early warnings by Mitsubishi of the times through a special Lancer Evolution X Final Concept that was unveiled nearly a year ago, and then more recently, through a gentle reminder of the fact via an emotional video of the Final Edition’s production.

Earlier this year, Japan was first to receive 1,000 units of the Evo X Final Edition. And despite the immense drooling over the 473 hp promised by the concept model that was shown at the Tokyo Auto Salon, the Japanese-spec Final Edition retained the existing Evo X’s 296 hp power output, despite adding on the special kit that defined the Final Edition there.

Now, it’s North America’s turn to bid their farewell, and they get to do so with a total of 1,600 numbered examples to call their own: all left-hand drive, all limited for sale in the US alone. And while these limited units also benefit from the special Final Edition equipment, the US-spec cars do get an increase in power – it sure doesn’t get close to the ludicrous 473 hp dished out by the original Final Concept, but it’s still something. Let’s go over the changes.

While it’s no secret that the Final Edition is based on the current Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X GSR variant, Mitsubishi has taken things up a notch, in every respect. For starters, the power output from the 4B11T 2.0 litre MIVEC turbo four has been upped from the standard Evo X GSR’s 291 hp to 303 hp at 6,500 rpm, while max torque figures for the Final Edition are rated here to be 413 Nm at 4,000 rpm. It will also be paired with a short-throw five-speed manual transmission.

And just like the Japan-spec model before, the Final Edition for the US also gets several key exterior enhancements that include a “Final Edition” badge for the rear, a black-painted aluminium roof, and dark-chrome front grille surrounds. There’s also just four colour options for the US, being a new Pearl White, Rally Red, Mercury Grey and Octane Blue.

Inside, the Final Edition’s interior features a black headliner, pillars, sun visors and assist handles, while there is also an abundance of red accent stitching on the sports seats, steering wheel, shift knob, console lid, floor mats, and on the e-brake handle.

The Final Edition isn’t short of track performance-boosting equipment either, offering ardent drivers with the services of the brand’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-wheel drive system bred of its experience in the World Rally Championship. Drivers are said to be able to find optimum grip in all conditions, being able to choose from the three selectable traction mode settings: Tarmac, Gravel and Snow.

Like the regular car, the Evo X Final Edition is also equipped with Active Yaw Control, an Active Centre Differential system, Active Stability Control and more.

There’s also other mechanical enhancements in the form of having lightweight Brembo two-piece brakes up front with Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs at all four corners of the car.

Don Swearingen, MMNA executive vice president said: “With its combination of power, agility and Super All-Wheel Control, the Lancer Evolution is one of the most well-known sports sedans, revered by ‘gearheads’ around the globe. The Final Edition model pays homage to the Evo’s remarkable place in automotive history and takes it one step further as the most powerful mass-production Lancer Evolution ever built.”