Mitsubishi Motors began taking Japanese market orders for the Lancer Evolution Final Edition on Friday.
The special edition will commemorate 10 generations of the turbocharged, all-wheel-drive sedan before the production ceases for good. Mitsubishi will produce 1,000 Final Editions, which will feature unique trim and some suspension modifications, but not the 480hp powerplant that was shown at the Tokyo Auto Salon earlier this year.
Instead, the Final Editon will feature a dark chrome front grille with a gloss black bumper bar and hood vent surrounds, color coordinated with 18-inch BBS wheels. The roof panel will be offered in two colors, white or black, which can be matched with one of five body colors — red, white, gray, black and blue. Cabin-wise, the Recaro bucket seats, steering wheel, shift knob, parking brake handle and console lid will all be black leather with red-stitching.
The 2.0L turbo mill will see the addition of sodium-filled exhaust valves, which Mitsubishi says will improve output at medium and high engine speeds, but if that translates to bigger numbers the company did not say. The suspension, on the other hand, is upgraded with Bilstein shocks, Eibach springs and Brembo two-piece ventilated front brakes discs, all rolling on high-performance tires.
Lastly, a “Final Edition” emblem will be mounted to the trunk, and the same logo will be shown on the multifunction display upon startup. A serial numbered plaque on the console will identify each of the 1,000 cars. The list price is $33,118 at current exchange rates and the car goes on sale in August. It is unknown when a US counterpart may arrive.