For Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution fans, the last chance to purchase the performance hero in Australia is unfolding now.
Announced in May, the final dig for the all-wheel-drive turbocharged sedan wears the fitting name of Lancer Evolution X Final Edition.
Only 150 customers in Australia will have the chance to secure a Final Edition, and each will be rewarded with the highest engine output the Evo has ever offered here.
Power from the 2.0-litre turbocharged and intercooled four-cylinder engine has been boosted from 217 to 226kW, and torque is lifted from 366 to 414Nm. The only transmission option is the venerable five-speed manual.
Despite the power lift, the engine is designed to be more ‘driveable’ in daily use. Mitsubishi says new sodium-filled exhaust valves increase cooling efficiency, improving performance across both middle- and high-rev torque ranges.
As you might expect with the Evo, the performance mods don’t end under the bonnet. There are Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs propping things up, and Brembo two-piece front rotors helping to bring it to a stop.
The exterior package includes 18-inch BBS “satin platinum” alloy wheels, a dark chrome front grille surround, a unique two-tone colour range (Starlight White, Tungsten Grey or Red with a contrasting black roof and Phantom Black with a contrasting gloss black roof) and, of course, Final Edition badging.
Inside, buyers will find Recaro partial leather sports-seats with red stitching, leather-wrapped steering wheel, gear knob, park brake handle and floor console (also with red stitching) along with a unique serial number plate ranging from "AU0001" to "AU0150".
The interior package is finished off with a ‘Final Edition’ reminder from the colour multi-information display every time you fire up the engine, and Final Edition carpet mats.
Safety isn’t overlooked in this performance hero with standard rear-view camera, seven airbags and anti-lock brakes with brake-force distribution along with stability and traction control.
“Throughout the last decade, Lancer Evolution served as a halo for the Lancer sedan range and the Mitsubishi brand on the strength of its incredible rally heritage, state-of-the-art technology and sure-footed dynamics,” Mitsubishi’s Tony Principe said.
“The Lancer Evolution is integral to Mitsubishi’s notable motoring heritage and we are proud to round off this chapter with such a fitting tribute.”
It’s been a long and successful road for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, with the original model arriving way back in October 1992 (and the Evo X appearing 2008).
Since 1992, Mitsubishi has produced nine more ‘evolutions’, won four-straight World Rally championships to Finland’s Tommi Makinen and countless successes in production car racing (such as the Bathurst 12-Hour). That record has etched the Lancer Evo in the minds of enthusiasts forevermore.
The order book for the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Final Edition is now open, with prices starting from $53,700 plus on-road costs.
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