Here’s a silver lining to a dark cloud. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition we reported on in Japanese-spec last week will make it to Australia in the final quarter of 2015.
As we know, the company will make 1000 units of the final Evo for Japan. Australia, in turn, will receive 150 units — though it’s unclear if our allocation will be from a separate production run.
Based on the Evolution GSR, the Final Edition features a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, which has been upgraded with sodium-filled exhaust valves. Power is delivered to the ground via a five-speed manual transmission and an all-wheel drive system.
Mitsubishi is keep quiet on how much power and torque it has extracted from the turbo motor for the Final Edition, but we don’t expect it to be anywhere near the 353kW figure quoted for the Final Edition Concept, which made its debut at the beginning of this year the Tokyo Auto Salon.
That said, you might rightly expect a small bump over the ‘regular’ Evo’s 217kW/366Nm. We will see. Power is sent through an AWD system via a five-speed manual gearbox.
What we do know is that the Final Edition rides on 18-inch BBS alloy wheels fitted with 245/40 rubber. Suspension components come from Bilstein and Eibach, while stopping power is provided by a Brembo braking package with four-piston calipers at the front and two-piston units at the rear.
Externally, there’s Final Edition badging and a shiny black grille. The Final Edition will be available in five colours (red, grey, black, blue and white). Buyers can choose between either a white or black roof.
On the inside, the cabin features part-leather Recaro bucket seats, and leather with contrasting red stitching for the steering wheel, shift knob and brake handle.
Expect the Final Edition to command a premium over the $52,990 regular Evo, though we are not yet aware of how much said premium will be.
Mitsubishi Australia will keep selling the Evo X alongside the Final Edition until stocks run out.
While there won’t be another Lancer Evo for years to come — if ever again — Mitsubishi’s global boss Tetsuro Aikawa told us last month in Europe that the Evo name could be applied to the “king of all PHEVs” in future.
A plug-in hybrid Evo, potentially based on the ASX crossover then, appears to be the badge’s future. Get in while you can, Lancer fans...
We will bring you more Lancer Evolution Final Edition news as it comes to hand.