Mitsubishi will give its local customers a chance to secure one of the last-ever Lancer Evolution models, as the carmaker prepares for its retirement.
Appropriately named the Lancer Evolution X Final Edition, the Evo swansong will be available to just 150 keen local customers from late this year.
The special edition will be based on Mitsubishi’s Final Concept from last year, which turned the performance wick up to 11 in a farewell Evo concept for the Tokyo Auto Salon.
In concept form (pictured, top of page), the Final boasted 353kW from its 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine, which was fitted with a larger turbocharger and revised inlet and exhaust plumbing.
The road-going Final Edition is not expected to pack the same power punch, but will still receive a boost over the standard model’s 217kW/366Nm output.
Other performance goodies will include 18-inch BBS alloy wheels and an upgraded suspension and brake package, while the sole transmission option will be a five-speed manual.
Buyers can also expect Final Edition identifiers on the interior and exterior, including badging and interior motifs, and the model will naturally feature all-wheel-drive.
The interior will also feature Recaro seats, along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear knob and park-brake handle.
Paint finishes will include shades of black, white, grey, red and blue, and the roof can be finished in either black or white.
Pricing for the Final has yet to be confirmed. The current Evo X - which has been in Australia since 2008 - is offered in top-spec MR trim (pictured, above) with the dual-clutch automatic transmission from $58,990 plus on-road costs.
A production run of around 2000 is expected for the Final Edition, of which 1000 will be reserved for the Japanese market, 150 will come to Australia, while the rest will appear in New Zealand and some left-hand-drive markets - but not Europe.
Beyond the Evo X Final Edition, Mitsubishi is expected to shift its flagship performance efforts to a new SUV model in the future; possibly featuring EV power.
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