It’s no secret that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is nearing the end of its days. About a month ago, the Japanese automaker’s US chief lamented that the Lancer Evolution’s time had “come and gone,” furthermore stating that, not only was the Lancer Evolution going away, but adding that there would not be an immediate replacement for it in the performance segment either. However, Mitsubishi is planning on sending the Lancer Evolution off with a bang. They’re planning on building final special edition version based on their Lancer Evolution X Concept Final, which will debut at the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon(similar to SEMA but for Japan.) Now we have our first preview, as well as a few details, on what the last Lancer Evolution may well look like.
The Lancer Evolution X Concept Final employs the same 2.0 liter turbocharged in-line four as the rest of the Lancer line, but it gets a pretty big boost- 473 horsepower to be exact, which makes the standard Evo’s 291 horsepower seem rather paltry. The increased performance comes by way of high-flow intake and exhaust, an improved inter-cooler, and a re-calibration of the ECU. Japanese tuning company HKS also had their way with the car, making sure every last horsepower has been squeezed out of the 2.0 liter engine.
The car employs a five speed transmission, and the adjustable suspension has received a performance tune by HKS, also lowering the car in comparison to the standard Evo. 19 inch RAYS forged aluminum wheels and Yokohama performance tires endow the Lance Evolution X Concept Final with everything one could ask for on the track.
Full details and production specifics on the car will be made available to the general public once the Tokyo Auto Salon begins on January 9th, 2015.