If you are a JDM-holic or even a car junkie, the fact is you have adored the ‘Lancer’ name time and again for being the sneaky-fast turbo sedan it was in every generation that it came. With the tenth generation model launched in 2007, the Lancer Evo X rally-bred sedan has had a longer run than its rivals and with production scheduled to go out later this year, Mitsubishi has finally decided to put down the curtains on one of its most iconic models with the ‘Final Edition’ being launched in Japan.
A “goodbye, farewell, adios amigo” version, the Lancer Evolution Final Edition will see only 1000 examples being and will be sold only in its home market, the land of the rising sun. Based on the Lancer Evolution Final Edition concept, the 1000 owners get the “Final Edition” insignia all over the sedan and tells you that you’ve paid for black leather Recaro sports seats with contrast red accent stitching, 18-inch BBS wheels, Bilstein and Eibach suspension bits, braking performance from Brembo; while the finishing touches come from the dark chrome front grille, gloss black painted front bumper bar and surrounds for the hood vents.
Based on the Evo GSR, the 5-speed manual edition only version will be powered by the 2.0-litre MIVEC turbo engine featuring sodium-filled exhaust valves and even though Mitsubishi has not revealed the power figures just yet, we suspect this motor to make around 300 horses, a tad bit more than the other special edition models in the past but not all bonkers like the 473 HP Evo X Final Concept showcased last year. Customers in Japan will be able to order their Evo X Final Edition in red, white, blue or gray with contrast white or black painted roof panel.
While this does determine the end of the Lancer moniker, it surely will be the last of the pure petrol powered model as the next generation model will feature a hybrid powertrain. But, as they say, all good things need to come to an end for new ones to begin, we can’t wait to see what Mitsubishi has in store for us with the next generation model. For those looking to save the last of the unadulterated bloodline, the Evo X is a must buy. You better be Japanese though.