Those who believe that evolution is a constant state of improvements may be surprised that Mitsubishi has decided to put a stop to Evolution with one last change.
The 2015 Lancer Evolution will be the last mass production version of the compact high-performance sedan, which has lived through 10 generations (three after it emigrated to the New World), and Mitsubishi North America is sending it off with a special Final Edition in 2016 made up of 1,600 units for the U.S. market, priced from $37,995. Canada will be getting 350 cars with an MSRP in the $49,498. The 2015 Lancer Evolution retails here for $41,998.
“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.”
As with the current Evo, the 2016 Lancer Evolution Final Edition is based on the current GSR version, with exclusive exterior and interior tweaks. It gets its power from the turbocharged 2.0-litre DOHC four-cylinder engine that here produces 303 hp and 305 lb.ft. of torque (the “regular” Evo makes 291 and 300, respectively), which is delivered to all four wheels by a five-speed manual transmission.
Ride and handling is enhanced by Bilstein shocks and Eibach springs at all four corners.
The Final Edition exclusives consist of exterior badging, naturally, dark chrome Enkei wheels showing off two-piece Bembro brake rotors and red calipers up front, gloss black roof, a gloss black centre insert into the front bumper, and gloss black grille surround and hood air outlets. The shiny black pieces will nicely accent the four select exterior colours (Pearl White, Rally Red, Mercury Grey, Octane Blue).
Inside, there is the usual numbered plaque (on the center console), and black headliner, pillars, sun visors and assist handles. Black leather upholstery is stitched in red, as is the black leather steering wheel, shift knob and emergency brake handle. Black floor mats are also accented with red stitching.