Tuesday, October 6, 2015

US receives 1,600 units of Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition

In April 2015, Top Gear Philippines reported that Mitsubishi was discontinuing the production of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution by producing what it called as the Final Edition model.  At that time, the only information that was available was in the Japanese carmaker's website for its home market, with only 1,000 units to be made available to its customers.

Well, it seems the Lancer Evolution Final Edition won't be strictly limited to Japan after all since Mitsubishi Motors North America has revealed that it will get 1,600 units which will be sold at a price of US$37,995 (PHP1.766 million - without taxes and duties, of course).

So, what does all that coin get you?  Basically, you get a Lancer Evolution X GSR (which has a starting price of US$34,495) but fitted "with exterior and interior enhancements not previously offered on the GSR."

On the technical side, that means the Lancer Evolution Final Edition gets an upgraded 2.0-liter engine that now produces 303hp and 414Nm of torque - an increase of 12hp and 7Nm, respectively, over the Evolution X GSR - and is paired to a five-speed manual transmission.  Other performance updates the Evolution Final Edition will receive are lightweight two-piece Brembo brake rotors for the front wheels and Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs on all four corners.  And just like all Lancer Evolutions, the Final Edition model is equipped with Mitsubishi's innovative Super All-Wheel control system.

For its exterior, the Evolution Final Edition comes with a black painted aluminum roof, dark chrome painted Enkei alloy wheels, gloss black center bumper, hood air outlet, and dark chrome front grille surround. Final Edition models will also be available in four colors: new Pearl White, Rally Red, Mercury Gray, and Octane Blue. For the interior, Final Edition models sport a black headliner, pillars, sun visors and assist handles, and red accent stitching for the sport seats, steering wheel, shift knob, console lid, floor mats and e-brake handle.

Of course, to denote just how special the Evolution Final Edition model is, it comes with a Final Edition badge on the boot and, more importantly, a numbered plaque on the center console that denotes the particular number of the vehicle as part of the 1,600 units to be made for the US market.

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