Mitsubishi's Evo Final Edition farewell
NOTHING conclusively draws a model name to a close quite like calling it the Final Edition.
But then this is no ordinary model. Since 1992, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution (Evo) offerings have been hero cars with their rally-bred high-performance and 4WD, helping attract a global cult following.
As a model we Australians have embraced for more than 20 years, it's with some sadness that the final 150 Evos have arrived down under before the Evo name is retired.
These 150 versions of the tenth generation will be called the Lancer Evolution Final Edition, and offer the highest engine performance in the Evo series.
Power is up to 226kW @ 6500rpm while torque hits 414Nm @ 3500rpm from the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder, still based on a design that powered Tommi Makinen to four straight titles in the World Rally Championship from 1996-99.
Purists will appreciate the Final Edition Evos coming as standard with a short-throw five-speed manual transmission, while the chassis has been enhanced using Brembo brake rotors, Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs to go with the intelligent Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) four-wheel drive system.
New 18-inch BBS satin platinum alloy wheels with gold centres, gloss black highlights and two-tone colour range mark out the Final Edition's special nature, as does a "Final Edition" badge for the boot lid.
Special edition shoppers also score partial leather Recaro bucket seats, leather steering wheel, park brake, gear knob (all with red stitching) and "Final Edition" carpet mats.
Each model will also feature its own unique serial number plate - AU0001 to AU0150.
The Final Edition Evo X cars cost $53,700 before on-roads, and are sure to be sought out by collectors keen to snap up one of only 1000 offered globally.