Japanese car manufacturer Mitsubishi drops the high-performance Lancer Evolution from their selection, but will release a special “Final Edition” in the U.S.
Auto News reports that the 2015 Lancer Evolution Final Edition is based on the current production GSR, but will be limited to 1,600 units bearing the “special badging.”
Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four engine that produces 303 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 305 pounds-feet of torque at 4,000 rpm, coupled to a five-speed manual gearbox that powers Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) four-wheel drive system.
The front wheels features four-piston calipers and clamping two-piece lightweight Brembo 13.8-inch brake discs. In the rear are two-piston Brembo calipers and 13-inch brake discs.
The car sits on Bilstein shocks and Eibach springs on all four corners, and Enkei wheels in Yokohama tires.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition will be available in pearl white, rally red, octane blue or mercury gray feature gloss black trips on the bumper and hood air vents.
The interior is black with red stitching accents on the seats, streering wheel, handbrake, shift knob, dashboard and floor mats. A special badge that bears the vehicle’s production number appears on the center console.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition is expected to carry a sticker price of around $38,000 USD when it releases in November.
Mitsubishi’s Evolution has spanned 10 generations, three of which were available in the U.S. over a 12-year period; the first all-wheel-drive model made its way to U.S. market in 2003.
According to Digital Trends , Mitsubishi execs have previously confirmed that the company’s next Evolution-badged model will be a high-performance off-road vehicle, which reflects “the company’s shift towards an SUV-centric lineup.”
Last year, vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America Donald Swearingen told Motor Trend that the Evolution’s time “has come and gone.”