If you’re an 80s kid like me then that means you were around in the early 90s when DC Comics decided to kill Superman. I wasn’t into comic books back then but I was still pretty sad about it. I mean it was Superman right? He is an icon, a legend who has fought many battles and nearly always come out on top. When I heard that Mitsubishi is ending production on the Lancer Evolution those feelings were brought back. Another iconic superhero is being killed off. However, Mitsubishi knows that the Evo means as much to the fans as it does to them so in order to give their rally fighting legend a proper send off they are releasing a special “Final Edition.”
This limited edition Lancer Evo is a mix of features and items from both the GSR and MR although it is mostly based off the GSR trim. The engine output is boosted to 303HP which is a bit higher than the GSR and a 5ft-lbs of torque increase. The suspension is upgraded to Bilstein shocks with Eibach springs all around. The two front wheels get the big Brembo brake package normally reserved for the MR and at the corners are dark chrome finished Enkei wheels. The middle of the front bumper, hood scoop, and other accents have been finished in gloss black to add contrast to either of the 4 available colors: new Pearl White, Rally Red, Mercury Gray, and Octane Blue.
Interior mods include a numbered plaque (only 1,600 models will be produced), black leather, and red stitching accents. For a “Final Edition” I was hoping they would go a bit more free and loose with the performance numbers. Perhaps something closer to the 430+ horsepower concept they showed off in Tokyo a while back. But all things considered this model is a decent farewell.
Oh, and remember how I mentioned the death of Superman earlier? Well, obviously Superman didn’t stay dead. Here is hoping the same will be true for the Evo…
For more info about the Final Edition Lancer Evolution check out the press release below. For pictures just click on any of the thumbnails you see for larger versions. Finally, how do you feel about this? Are you sad that the Lancer Evo is going away? Or do you think that the Evo should have been killed off long ago? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
The Final Edition is based off the current GSR model featuring new enhancements and increases to horsepower and torque
Only 1,600 units will be sold in the U.S. market, each marked by a numbered plaque
October 05, 2015 — CYPRESS, Calif. — Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) today announced the details of the limited-production 2015 Lancer Evolution Final Edition. Arguably the originator of the four-door sports car genre, the Lancer Evolution has seen ten generations – three of which were sold in the U.S. over 12 years. To send it off in style, Mitsubishi Motors will offer 1,600 numbered Final Edition models to the U.S. market with a MSRP of $37,995.
The Lancer Evolution Final Edition is based off the current GSR model, with exterior and interior enhancements not previously offered on the GSR. The heart of the Final Edition is a 5-speed transmission paired with a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder 2.0L engine, producing 303 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 305 lb-ft torque at 4,000 rpm. Performance is further enhanced by use of lightweight two-piece Brembo® brake rotors up front, accompanied by Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs at all four corners. As with all 2015 Lancer Evolutions, the Final Edition model features Mitsubishi’s innovative and unmatched Super All-Wheel control system.
The Final Edition model receives exterior upgrades including a Final Edition badge in the rear, black painted aluminum roof, dark chrome painted Enkei® alloy wheels, gloss black center bumper and hood air outlet and dark chrome front grille surround. Final Edition models will be offered in four colors: new Pearl White, Rally Red, Mercury Gray and Octane Blue.
Inside, a numbered plaque on the center console denotes each of the 1,600 units created. In addition, Final Edition models receive a black headliner, pillars, sun visors and assist handles, and red accent stitching for sport seats, steering wheel, shift knob, console lid, floormats and e-brake handle.
“With its incredible combination of power, agility and Super All-Wheel Control, the Lancer Evolution is one of the most well-known sports sedans and is revered by ‘gearheads’ around the globe,” said MMNA executive vice president, Don Swearingen. “The Final Edition model pays homage to Evo’s remarkable place in automotive history and takes it one step further as the most powerful mass-production Lancer Evolution ever built.”