As we bid goodbye to the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution with the announcement of the Final Edition, tears of joy and sadness trickled down our faces as we watched the production process of said limited-edition model.
Only 1,000 right-hand drive examples were originally said to be produced for the Japan domestic market but now, Mitsubishi Motors North America have declared that 1,600 left-hand drive units will be up for grabs, each individually numbered.
Priced from $37,995 (RM165,418) the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition is based off the current GSR model, with enhancements made to the exterior, interior, and overall vehicle performance, almost similar to those found on the JDM model.
Under the hood, you’ll find the familiar the 4B11T 2.0-litre turbocharged MIVEC engine developing 303hp at 6,500 rpm and slightly less torque than the JDM model with 413Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The transmission fitted here is a five-speed manual gearbox. The acclaimed Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) all-whell drive system handles the dispersion of power, further assisted by the car’s Active Yaw Control (AYC), Active Center Differential (ACD), and Active Stability Control (ASC).
New Eibach coil springs and Bilstein dampers form part of the handling package upgrade, which also includes two-piece ventilated Brembo brake rotors at the front.
On the exterior changes, a ‘Final Edition’ badge on the rear boot lid serves as an identification of the limited-edition model, which can be ordered in four colours: Octane Blue, Rally Red, Mercury Gray, and a new Pearl White. All colours will come with a black painted aluminium roof as well as other highlights, including a gloss black center bumper (with dark chrome front grille surround) and hood air outlet, plus dark chrome painted Enkei alloy wheels.
The cabin also gets its fair share of changes as well with a gloss black center console box that has a production serial number plaque (US0001 to US1600) located just in front of the gear shifter. Red contrast stitching is also see on the sports seats, steering wheel, shift knob, console lid, floormats, and e-brake handle. Unfortunately, there are no Recaro seats for the US market model.