The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution or just Evo as it’s known has become a legend in the motoring world since it’s inception in 1992, originally developed to win the world rally championship the Evo took the world by storm with it’s impressive road holding and not to mention the grip the AWD system offered with a mighty 309Nm of torque the Evo was quick enough to bloody the nose of quite a few more expensive cars.
Fast forward to 2015 and Mitsubishi announced that the Evo would be no more much to the horror of not only Mitsubishi and Evo fans but to motoring fans everywhere.
Rather than let it go out with a whimper Mitsubishi announced that it will make one final edition the Lancer Evolution final edition with 226kW and 414Nm the Evo is definately going to out with a bang.
With only 150 models to go on sale down under you better get in quick because this is the end of a legend and with prices starting $53,700 they wont last long.
Check out all the details below, thanks to Mitsubishi for the info and pics don’t forget to check back in February when I get to review the Evo final edition.
Lancer Evolution Final Edition arrives down under
The Lancer Evolution Final Edition has arrived in Australia, with only 150 iconic models on sale down under. In its tenth and final generation, the Lancer Evolution Final Edition delivers the highest engine performance in the legendary Evo series.
Already known for its extraordinary performance, the Lancer Evolution Final Edition increases power to 226kW of power @6500 rpm and 414Nm of torque @3500 rpm.
This has been achieved in part through the application of sodium filled exhaust valves which increases cooling efficiency, allowing the engine to generate an even higher output and improving engine performance across both middle and high rev and torque ranges.
Based on a design that powered Finnish racing legend Tommi Mäkinen to four straight titles in the gruelling World Rally Championship (WRC), the turbo-charged and inter-cooled 2.0-litre DOHC four-cylinder engine delivers instantaneous power and torque.
Consisting of a structurally reinforced cast-aluminium block, aluminium cylinder head and fitted with the latest edition of Mitsubishi Motors’ innovative MIVEC variable valve-timing system, this impressive engine’s architecture features a square design with both its bore and stroke measure an equal 86.0mm with a compression ratio of 9.0:1.
Previously used in the highly successful Lancer Evolution VII, VIII and IX engines, the cylinder head valves are sodium-filled. The valves are hollowed out and then filled with specially formulated sodium. This achieves a weight reduction and improved heat dispersion compared to standard valves.
The Lancer Evolution’s distinctive exhaust note is due to the systems free-flowing dual exhaust outlets. The stainless steel exhaust manifold and turbocharger are located at the rear of the transversely-mounted engine and close to the firewall which helps to improve weight distribution.
Lancer Evolution Final Edition comes standard with a short-throw, 5-speed manual transmission.
Performance is further enhanced by the use of world leading motorsport suppliers including light weight two-piece Brembo® brake rotors up front, accompanied by Bilstein® shock absorbers and Eibach® springs at all four corners.
One of the most sophisticated and rally proven all-wheel drive systems ever developed for a production car, the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, working with Lancer Evolution’s superbly engineered suspension, provides performance and tractability like no other.
The S-AWC system allows the driver to choose between three selectable traction mode settings – tarmac, gravel and snow providing maximum tractability and performance in all weather and road conditions.
The S-AWC system is also complemented by the Active Yaw Control (AYC), Active Stability Control (ASC) and Sport Anti-lock Braking (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Limited Slip Differential to deliver a remarkable level of traction and agility.
The Lancer Evolution Final Edition’s suspension features inverted McPherson struts up front, using Bilstein® shock absorbers and Eibach® springs. Front suspension also includes a stabiliser bar and aluminium control arms. The Brembo® brakes are lightweight with two-piece rotors.
Rear suspension is an independent multi-link low mount design with stabiliser bar with Bilstein® shock absorbers and Eibach® springs.
Helping protect the vehicle’s occupants in the event of an accident are Mitsubishi Motors’ patented next-generation Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) technology to help disperse energy from the cabin section as well as the fuel system and a supplemental restraint system (SRS) with occupant sensors and a total of seven airbags: a driver’s side knee airbag, two front airbags, two front seat-mounted side-impact airbags and two side curtain airbags.
The Lancer Evolution Final Edition also comes with a rear view camera.
Outside, new 18-inch BBS® satin platinum alloy wheels with gold centre wheel ornament, gloss black bonnet air outlets and front bumper centre, radiator grille with dark chrome surround and unique two tone colour range with black painted exterior roof enhance the Lancer Evolution’s famous good looks. A special ‘Final Edition’ badge also features on the boot lid.
Premium interior appointments unique to the Final Edition model include leather steering wheel, park brake, shift knob with contrasting red stitching, black headlining, black pillars, leather look floor console with red stitching and ‘Final Edition’ carpet mats.
Recaro® partial leather bucket seats with contrast red stitching emphasise the Lancer Evolution’s performance credentials. The colour multi-information display also features a ‘Final Edition’ greeting on start up.
The Lancer Evolution Final Edition has a unique two-tone colour range available in Starlight White, Tungsten Grey and Red with a contrasting black roof and Phantom Black with a contrasting gloss black roof.
Each model will feature it’s own unique serial number plate – AU0001 to AU0150.
Mitsubishi Motors Executive Director Marketing Tony Principe said that the Lancer Evolution’s ground-breaking technology will continue to evolve in future Mitsubishi vehicles.
“Throughout the last decade, Lancer Evolution served as a halo for the Lancer sedan range and the Mitsubishi brand on the strength of its incredible rally heritage, state-of-the-art technology and sure-footed dynamics.
“The Final Edition Lancer Evolution, delivering the highest engine performance in the history of the Evo series, builds on all of the technology honed in the evolutionary path since the introduction of the Evolution I in 1992,” said Mr Principe.
“While the Lancer Evolution has reached full maturity as a high-performance four-wheel drive sedan, Mitsubishi Motors will continue to apply technology honed from the Lancer Evolution like Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) four wheel drive system, to other vehicles, as with Outlander PHEV.
“The Lancer Evolution is integral to Mitsubishi’s notable motoring heritage and we are proud to round off this chapter with such a fitting tribute.”
The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition comes equipped with the following features:
- Turbo-charged and inter-cooled 2.0-litre MIVEC DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder
- Increase in engine power and torque
- Power – 217kW increased to 226kW
- Torque – 366Nm increased to 414Nm
- Bilstein® shock absorbers and Eibach® springs
- Brembo® 2-piece front rotors
- ‘Final Edition’ badge
- Unique two tone colour range with black painted exterior roof
- Gloss black centre bumper and bonnet air outlets
- Dark chrome front grille surround
- 18-inch BBS® satin platinum alloy wheels with gold centre wheel ornament
- Unique serial number plate – AU0001 – AU0150
- Recaro® partial leather performance seats with contrast red stitching
- Leather steering wheel with contrasting red stitching
- Leather park brake and shift knob with red stitching
- Leather look floor console with red stitching
- Black pillars and headlining
- ‘Final Edition’ carpet mats
- Colour multi-information display with ‘Final Edition’ animation on start up
- Rear view camera
- Advanced seven airbag SRS system including driver’s side knee airbag, dual-stage front airbags with occupant seat position sensors, front seat mounted side-impact airbags and front and rear curtain side airbags
- Sport anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
- Active Stability Control (ASC) and Traction Control Logic (TCL)
- Engine immobiliser anti-theft security alarm system
- Mitsubishi Motors’ patented Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) safety cell body construction
Lancer Evolution Final Edition MT $53,700 recommended retail.
The Lancer Evolution Final Edition comes with a 100,000km/5 year warranty.