By on October 8, 2015

2015 Lancer Evolution Final Edition

Mitsubishi announced Wednesday it would make available 1,600 “Final Edition” Lancer Evolution cars to commemorate the departure of the long-running sports sedan.

The cars will be based on Evolution GSR and include the same 2-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 303 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with all-wheel drive and will start at $37,995.

Mitsubishi will include numbered badges on the cars, a black roof, dark chrome wheels and how much are they asking again?

The Evolution was on sale in the U.S. for 12 years during a much longer, more successful run worldwide that included 10 generations.

Mitsubishi didn’t announce when the cars would go on sale in the U.S.

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31 Comments on “Mitsubishi Announces ‘Final Edition’ Evo for Diehards...”

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    Is this car even relevant with the Focus RS hitting the market? Older platform, higher price, lower power what is the unique selling point other than it being a Mitsubishi and the last of anything remotely interesting to come from a soon to be dead brand in the US.

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    OR, and I’m just saying – Golf R.

    For a car for $37K which has been updated since, oh 2002.

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    Five speed manual? Hmmm…

    Who needs that overdrive/sixth gear anyway? I guess. ??

    • 0 avatar

      You should consult your preferred DSM fanboi for verification but I think that the 5mt is a stronger box than the 6mt.

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        No 60 mph cruises at 2K rpm for you, Evo.

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        No research here (ever) but from how I understand it, and don’t crucify me;

        The GSR’s 5 speed manual is stronger (reliable), holds more power, weighs
        less, better 1/4 mile track times on average.

        The MR’s 6 speed SST is weaker (less reliable), holds less power (350ft-lbs), weighs more, people report slightly better MPGs (+1).

        From what I’ve read, most of the SST’s problems result from 2 internal seals that tend to leak pressure. Inexpensive parts, but labor…..

        I’m biased towards the Evo but I have an intense curiosity as to how the Focus RS will perform. I can’t wait for those Nurburgring times! Civic Type R posted a 7:50 was it?

        $40K is a lot of cash!

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    Golf R, Focus RS, Civic Type-R… All of them costing similar money, and all of them designed in the current decade. $40k Mishitting Evo? PASS!

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      Give it about six years, and everyone will call the new cars “too artificial and numb” and there’ll be people who wished the Evo was still available new.

      It’s the end of an era…mostly the one where people remembered that Mitsubishi made something people paid attention to.

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    Only $3,500 for different wheels and black paint on the roof? Where do I sign?

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    SCE to AUX

    Why do they bother?

    I think owning something that says “Final Edition” all over it is kind of sad, and it won’t ever increase in value. If it does, it will be long after Mitsubishi has left the US market, and then it’ll be like owning a Peugeot.

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    And no Recaros, boooo hoooo

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    I’m surprised they still make the Lancer let alone the EVO, they may be dated but they don’t look half bad.

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    I would buy it, but where can I get 40 large for this?

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    Seriously, Chevy SS vs this one? Anyone? opinion…

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      I found a 2015 SS (auto) for under 40k, so it is a no brainer. You should be able to order a 2016 manual, pricing is not out but I can’t see it increasing much, so around 45k. I would choose SS, if no other reason than a V8 > turbo V4.

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        I’m willing to bet that a 2016 Chebby SS with manny tranny and Magnaride will lose less than 20% of its value over 10 years, despite the leather sloughing off the seats. Who’s up?

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          It will lose at least 40% but then probably hold based on condition/mileage. Most will lose 70% in the same time period. Twenty years from now in inflation adjusted dollars SS might rise and even equal parity to its sale price. Maybe.

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            Hmm. Too much math, not enough raw emotion.

            I’m basing this off of absolutely nothing but intuition, but I can imagine a Regal PeaCOCK green *cough* SS with desirable options and a fully refreshed suspension system going for more than 30k (inflation adjusted, so 90k or so) in 10 years, assuming they stop production after 2016. Things are changing too quickly for me to make assumptions about the next 20 years; my guess is it will either be worthless (read: unusable except on a closed circuit,) or invaluable for what it represents.

            I’ll keep my Paypal account active just in case though.

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    Sad to see it go. Goodnight, LanEvo.

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    Oh man, the internet…

    1. Is this car even relevant with the Focus RS hitting the market?
    2. Lower power, lower tech, lower build quality, lower brand recognition, higher d-bag appearance.
    3. OR, and I’m just saying – Golf R.
    4. Golf R, Focus RS, Civic Type-R… All of them costing similar money, and all of them designed in the current decade. $40k Mishitting Evo? PASS!

    Are you guys kidding me??? Is this a enthusiast site? Smells like comments section!

    The current (and even more the past models) Evo is basically a pure race car for the streets. It has its roots strongly in Group A/N rallying and current X model is also the most popular Group N car in rallying. For those who don’t know – FIA Group N is referred to a set of regulations providing ‘standard’ production vehicles for competition, often referred to as the “Showroom Class”. Group N cars are limited in terms of modifications made from standard specification.

    Long gone are the days you could buy a Group A homologation special from the showroom floor – BMW M3 E30 or Lancia Delta HF Integrale or in japan Skyline GT-R etc. Evo X is the last connection to this breed of cars. Essentially you can buy true race-car technology and feeling that is ready and legal for the street. STI used to be like this, but it has gone soft and lost its focus with the latest generations. The Evo X IS a focused car. Focused on one thing – going fast around corners.

    There is so much marketing BS going around these days, manufacturers trying to connect their new go-fast models to racing history that happened 30-40 years ago. Technically and even spiritually there is no continuous bloodline to the true racing cars of the past – its only marketing trying to push the new boring product. But this is not the case with Evo. Evo is the true last representative of the now dead pure-breed rally car for the street.

    Have you even driven the Evo X? This car is pure enthusiast bliss. Cheap interior – yes. Outdated styling – yes. Crap everyday (city commute in heavy traffic) driving characteristics – yes. BUT… When you start pushing the car, it takes you to a level involvement, precision and joy that is hard to describe in words. Level which only maybe 911 RS models can offer.

    • 0 avatar

      thank you.

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      Perhaps you’re lucky enough to commute to work on a rally track.

      The rest of us spend most of our days crawling at snail-speed on surface streets or freeways , to and from work. Driving a “race car” in that regime sucks .Pushing a car like an Evo at the limit on a public road is an invitation to a court date-or a YouTube segment on “US Car Wrecks”.It may be a religious driving experience. Pity .01% of car buyers have the skill to safely find out.

      Oh, and Mitsu is leaving the US market. Good luck getting parts at a reasonable cost in five years for a discontinued ” race car “.

      The competition not only makes more modern options, they’re civilized automobiles you can actually drive to work without needing chiropractic assistance .Oh, and they’re cheaper.

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        Less than .01% of car buyers ever bought these in the first place for exactly the reasons you’ve stated.

        I’m with those who love what this car stands for, and feel some sense of ennui for it leaving the marketplace with no proven replacement as of yet. You’re probably correct that a very small percentage would be able to use a car like this responsibly, but that truth, that our publicly-funded paved surfaces are used primarily by “average” [fnord] people who don’t even consider spatial cogency important, is the problem which leads to those of us who enjoy highly effective terrestrial transportation hoping desperately for those who don’t to get their Googly cars ASAP.

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        An entertaining video IMO, if ever you guys are bored at work, of a Golf R | Evo X comparison. Heavy hatred for the Evo on the street, 180 degree turn around when it is tracked. The exact attributes Brock posted above.

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          Never trust those who aren’t willing pull a fuse to disable ESP at a track.

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            I don’t believe removing a fuse would work, at least not without other unintended consequences such as ABS disable.

            You can flash & defeat traction control. May as well upload new boost/ignition/fuel maps in the process. Maybe some new sway bars and some tires. OR just buy a better track car, cue in (Evo 8-10).

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      You get it, thank you. I’m sufficiently tired of trying to explain this to alleged driving enthusiasts that I’ve just stopped trying. (Which bit of ‘just because it’s not _your_ bag doesn’t mean it’s not a legitimate choice in the marketplace’ don’t you understand?)

      I voted with my bucks on a ’14 5-door STI (which is a lot crisper than the ’08 fall-from-grace era STI, though it looks identical) precisely because I wanted my almost-rally-car to be a little more street-able and 5-door’d. I adore the bonkers-ness of the Evos, I wish they weren’t going away, though I am grateful that Subaru doesn’t appear to have softened the ’15 STI any so maybe there’s hope yet. I shall hold a moment’s silence when the last of the Evos rolls of the assembly line though.

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