SEMA eNews Vol. 18, No. 41, October 8, 2015

Mitsubishi Bids Farewell to Lancer Evolution With Final-Edition Model

By SEMA Editors

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The Lancer Evolution Final Edition is based on the current GSR model, with exterior and interior enhancements not previously offered on the GSR.
   

Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. (MMNA) announced this week the details of the limited-production ’15 Lancer Evolution Final Edition. Arguably the originator of the four-door sports car genre, the Lancer Evolution has seen 10 generations—three of which were sold in the United States 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 an MSRP of $37,995.

The Lancer Evolution Final Edition is based on the current GSR model, with exterior and interior enhancements not previously offered on the vehicle. The heart of the Final Edition is a five-speed transmission paired with a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder 2.0L engine, producing 303 hp 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 ’15 Lancer Evolutions, the Final-Edition model features Mitsubishi's Super All-Wheel control system.

The Final-Edition model receives exterior upgrades, including a Final-Edition badge in the rear, a black painted aluminum roof, dark chrome painted Enkei alloy wheels, a black center bumper and hood air outlet and a 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, the 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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