Hype: Mitsubishi Bids Farewell To The Lancer Evo With “Final Edition”

Posted on 10.05.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

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.


Press Release:

  • 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.”

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Formula Drift Hype: Fatlace Offset Kings Long Beach (Gallery)

Posted on 04.13.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

FDLB_OffsetKings_small In the first official gallery from the Formula Drift Long Beach weekend I bring you all the fresh cars from the Fatlace Offset Kings showcase.  As usual there were plenty of top notch vehicles in attendance.   A few new cars made their debuts and a few familiar cars showed off a new look.  A few of the cars that really captured my eyes included a Liberty Walk Ferrari 458 with BBS LM wheels (the first time I’ve ever seen BBS LMs on a Ferrari), and the latest creation from RWB, an orange creamsicle colored Porsche 993!  Those cars were just the tip…of the iceberg.  To see more, check out the photo gallery below!

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Hype Event: Motion Auto Show 2012 (Gallery)

Posted on 05.21.12 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

I was starting to get some serious car show withdrawal so you can imagine my excitement when it came time for Motion Auto Show to come back to our home town of Long Beach and fill our convention center with rows and rows of top notch rides.  One of the reasons I really like the Motion Auto Show is because the producers of the show Pro-Motion and the shows architect Mike Morita go out of their way to create an experience that is a lot like the car shows we were used to from the early days of the scene and so far they have always gotten it right!  I also commend Pro-Motion and Morita-san for pre-screening all the cars that register for the show.  Back in the day I hated spending my cash on a car show ticket only to find the show full of cars that were damn near stock! 

Between the cars, the dance contest, models, and vendors the attendees of this years Motion Auto Show in Long Beach definitely got their money’s worth.  If you didn’t get a chance to make it out to the show this year I highly reccomend going next year.  In the meantime check out some pictures below and see our full gallery on our Facebook page.


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SEMA 2011: EvoSoul Evo X

Posted on 11.08.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Had your fill of green yesterday? We thought so.  That is why today we are kicking things off with this amazingly clean yellow Mitsubishi Evo X built by EvoSoul and Pentech Automotive.  We don’t know too much about this car other than it comes equipped with a bunch of EvoSoul goodies and Hankook tires but the clean execution of this car was enough to grab our attention.  SEMA always has its fair share of crazy over the top rides and some of them actually pull off that look well but every now and then we come across something that is clean, simple and done right.  Thus our reason for posting this lemony yellow Evo X here.


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Wheel Hype: Special Edition Gloss White Volk Racing TE37SL At Evasive Motorsports

Posted on 09.26.11 | admin No Comments

RAYS Engineering in Japan recently rolled out a production runof the TE37SL (Super Lap) in a special edition gloss white color straight from the factory.  The guys at Evasive Motorsports put in an order for sizes specific to the Mitsubishi Evo X (18×10.5 +15).  So if you are an Evo driver you may want to jump on this ASAP.  Note: because of the aggressive size if your Evo X is lowered you might need to roll your fenders to fit these bad boys on.  A set of four will set you back just over $3k.

[Source: EvasiveMotorsports.com]

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Engine Hype: Cosworth FSL Headgaskets Get Expanded Applications

Posted on 09.02.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

We all know that when it comes to engine parts there are few people who know their stuff better than Cosworth.  They make some of the best high-performance internal parts that money can buy.  However, if they don’t make stuff for your car then you miss out unfortunately.  Luckily today Cosworth is making thousands of people very happy by announcing that their FSL headgaskets are now available for 19 additional applications including the GT-R, Nissan KA24DE, Mitsubishi 4G63 and 4B11, and the Toyota 2ZZ used in the Lotus Elise and Exige.  If you want to know what makes the FSL headgasket so special then you should check out the official press release below as it is better that you read it from the experts!


Press Release:

Cosworth New Product Release: 9-2-2011

Cosworth FSL Head Gaskets: Updated applications

Using technology originally developed by Cosworth for WRC Rally engines, Cosworth FSL Head Gaskets feature true cylinder head sealing technology utilizing a precision engineered stamped stainless steel gasket layer with a folded ridge acting as an imbedded cylinder bore sealing ring. Constructed from multiple layers of high grade stainless steel each application features superior construction compared to conventional multi-layer steel gaskets. Additionally, Cosworth High Performance FSL Head Gaskets are manufactured from pre-coated die cut (not laser cut) stainless steel resulting in a uniform distribution of the nitrile rubbercoating and consistent shape of the gasket. Cosworth FSL Head Gaskets are proven to perform in high-horsepower and high boost professional motorsport engines are engineered to seal in power under the most demanding conditions.

Now available in 19 new applications including Nissan VR38 and K24DE, Mitsubishi 4G63, 4B11 and Lotus /Toyota 2ZZ  with larger bores sizes and a range of thicknesses and sizes to accommodate standard and oversize cylinder bores.

Part Number Application Retail $
20023907 Nissan GTR VR38DETT (3.8L) Bore = 98mm   T ~ .8mm  (Pr) 379.00
20023908 Nissan GTR VR38DETT (3.8L) Bore = 98mm   T ~ 1.1mm  (Pr) 385.00
20023909 Nissan GTR VR38DETT (3.8L) Bore = 100mm   T ~ .8mm  (Pr) 385.00
20023910 Nissan GTR VR38DETT (3.8L) Bore = 100mm   T ~1.1mm  (Pr) 399.00
20027438 Nissan KA24DE (2.4L) Bore = 90.5mm T ~ 1.1 mm 172.00
20027439 Nissan KA24DE (2.4L) Bore = 90.5mm T ~ 1.5 mm 172.00
20027440 Nissan KA24DE (2.4L) Bore = 90.5mm T ~ 1.8 mm 172.00
Mitsubishi   Retail
20023897 Mitsubishi Evo IX 4G63 (2.0L) Bore = 87mm T ~ 1.3mm 179.00
20023898 Mitsubishi Evo IX 4G63 (2.0L) Bore = 87mm T ~ 1.5mm 185.00
20023894 Mitsubishi Evo IV-VIII 4G63 (2.0L) Bore = 87mm T ~ 1.1mm 179.00
20023895 Mitsubishi Evo IV-VIII 4G63 (2.0L) Bore = 87mm T ~ 1.3mm 185.00
20023896 Mitsubishi Evo IV-VIII 4G63 (2.0L) Bore = 87mm T ~ 1.5mm 189.00
20023890 Mitsubishi Evo X  4B11T (2.0L) Bore = 88mm T ~ 1.1mm 175.00
 20023891 Mitsubishi Evo X  4B11T (2.0L) Bore = 88mm T ~ 1.3mm 175.00
20023892 Mitsubishi Evo X  4B11T (2.0L) Bore = 90mm T ~ 1.1mm 179.00
20023893 Mitsubishi Evo X  4B11T (2.0L) Bore = 90mm T ~ 1.3mm 185.00
Subaru   Retail
Toyota (Lotus)   Retail
20024870 Toyota (Lotus) 2ZZ-GE Bore = 83.5,  T ~ 1.1mm 172.00
20024871 Toyota (Lotus) 2ZZ-GE Bore = 83.5,  T ~ 0.38mm 174.00
20024872 Toyota (Lotus) 2ZZ-GE Bore = 83.5,  T ~ 1.2mm 179.00

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Hype Event: Nisei Week Showoff 2011

Posted on 08.15.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

There have been many car show series that have come and gone but the one name that has always had the respect of the import car enthusiasts is “Showoff”.  Import Showoff has been around since the mid-90s and while they aren’t quite the force they used to be the name will still bring out the core enthusiasts.  The annual Nisei Week Showoff in Little Tokyo is the one show many of us still anticipate with real enthusiasim.  Why does the Nisei Showoff stand out?  On the surface it doesn’t seem like much.  The Nisei Showoff is usually small (ranges from 100-200 cars) but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in quality and atmosphere.  Nisei Week Showoff is the show that all the cars the kids jock on the forums go to.  So as you can imagine we were stoked to make the trip out to Little Tokyo again for Showoff this year. 

While the car count was slightly lower this year compared to last year, Ken Miyoshi and Mainstream Productions certainly did not dissapoint when it came to the quality and variety of cars on hand.  There was everything from old school Mazdas and F2o powered classic Celicas to a Lexus LF-A!  There was even some European flavor with a few Porsches and a Lamborghini Murcielago parked next to a Gallardo.  There were a few classics that we never seen before thus cannot really describe to you but feel free to look through the pictures below and the full photo set in our Facebook gallery to see if you can recgonize everything we shot!



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X Games 17 Hype: The Night Before Rally (With Video)

Posted on 08.01.11 | admin No Comments

X Games 17 Rally has come and gone but we were on site to bring you as much of the action as possible. We are starting off by answering the question “What do the rally cars do the night before X Games?” The answer: They jump! A special jump session was set up to test out the 50 foot gap jump made entirely from dirt and gravel. We were there to take a few shots and we even compiled a short video of all the jump action. You can see a few pics and the video below. For a full photo gallery just visit our Facebook fan page.

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Hype: Brembo GT 6 Piston Monoblock Caliper For Mitsubishi Evo X

Posted on 03.29.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

This is admittedly embarrassing to admit but anything with the word “monoblock” in it will usually get my attention and will probably have a place here.  In this instance its the new Brembo Gran Turismo monoblock 6-piston brake caliper for the Mitsubishi Evo X.  These calipers aren’t new to the market but they’re new to Evo X owners!  And Mitsu-heads will be happy to know that these calipers will work just fine with the stock rotors, which will save you some coin.  Also it doesn’t matter if you have an Evo X in regular or MR flavor these pistons have you covered.  Don’t like red? You can pick these up in Black, Silver (interesting!), or Yellow.

This particular set up is sold exclusively through Race Technologies so if you want to pick up a set then you should contact them via email at sales@racetechnologies.com and they’ll help you out.

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Turbo Hype: COBB Tuning Mitsubishi Evo X “400S” Kit (With Video)

Posted on 03.04.11 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

Instead of worrying about if the Evo has met its demise or not I would suggest having fun with the Evo X that you may already have and we all know one of the best ways to have fun with a car is to add more power.  COBB Tuning has released what they call the 400S kit.  This package consists of an upgraded turbo, a COBB Tuning Access Port, and various other bits that when combined will boost your output to 400hp!  The kit will set you back about $5600 bucks but considering everything you get with it, that’s a steal!  You can check out a video of the kit in action below.

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