Evolution Final Edition to go out with a bang
Arriving late in 2015, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition marks the end of Evolution X production. Limited to just 150 units in Australia, it is priced from $53,700 plus on-road costs.
Whereas many limited-release mainstream machines concentrate on adding peripheral accessories, the Lancer Evolution Final Edition concentrates more on the hardware side of things.
Power for the square (86mm x 86mm) 2.0-litre turbocharged aluminium four-pot increases modestly to 226kW at 6500rpm (from 217kW), but torque increases significantly from 366Nm to a full 414Nm at 3500rpm, guaranteeing a stinking mid range.
Sodium-filled exhaust valves, seen on Lancer Evolution VII, VIII and IX previously, have been re-introduced for the Evolution Final Edition. They reduce weight and handle extreme exhaust temperatures, and contribute significantly to the improved outputs. The latest MIVEC variable valve-timing system and ‘free-flowing’ exhaust outlets also help.
The Lancer Evolution Final Edition is available only with a five-speed manual gearbox, still one less than the old IX, but capable of handling the increased outputs.
Of course, the Super All-Wheel Conrol all-wheel drive system is present and accounted for. It offers the usual Evo drive options of tarmac, gravel and snow. Active Yaw Control is a technical highlight, contrasting nicely with a mechanical limited-slip rear differential that offers a more traditional means of generating grip.
Brembo supplies the brakes, with light two-piece rotors featuring up front. Eibach springs, Bilstein dampers and new 18-inch BBS alloys offer an A-list of motorsport component partners.
The Evolution Final Edition uses an inverted McPherson strut front suspension with anti-roll bar and aluminium control arms. A multi-link rear also incorporates an anti-roll bar.
Recaro partial leather buckets feature inside, with contrast red stitching. Leather is also applied to the steering wheel, park brake and shift knob. There’s also a standard-fit reversing camera.
Outside the BBS rims feature a gold centre and there’s gloss black bonnet air outlets and front bumper centre. Two-tone paint is offered with a black painted roof.
Just in case the supercar you just passed doesn’t know what hit it, there’s a ‘Final Edition’ badge on the boot lid. Each example will also have a unique serial plate, numbered AU0001 to AU0150.
Curious as to how the Final Edition came to be? Check out the video: