The most powerful mass-production Evolution ever
The Lancer Evolution, arguably the pioneer of the four-door sports car genre, is now in tis 10th and final generation. Mitsubishi Motors is sending off the iconic Lancer Evolution nameplate in style by offering a limited-production Final Edition model, with only 1,600 Final Edition examples to be built.
Already known for its pulse-pounding performance, the Lancer Evolution Final Edition has an increased power of 303 horsepower and torque to 305 pound-feet. Performance is further enhanced by use of lightweight two-piece Brembo brake rotors up front, accompanied by Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs at all four corners. As with all 2015 Lancer Evolutions, the Final Edition features Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel control.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition model comes equipped with the following standard features: turbocharged and intercooled 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder; 303 hp and 305 lb-ftof torque; Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs; Brembo two-piece front rotors; Final Edition Badge; Black painted aluminum roof; Gloss black center bumper and hood air outlet; Dark chrome painted Enkei alloy wheels; Dark chrome front grille surround; Auto on/off bi-xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with leveling control; Black pillars, sun visors, assist handles and headliner; and gloss black center console box with production serial number plaque (US0001 to US1600).
Red stitch accents on sports seats, steering wheel, shift knob, console lid, floormats, and e-brake handle; Final Edition animation on meter display; Advanced seven air bag SRS system including driver’s side knee air bag, dual-stage front air bags with occupant seat position sensors, front seat mounted side-impact air bags and front and rear curtain side air bags; Sport anti-lock braking system (ABS) with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD); Active Stability Control (ASC) with Traction Control Logic (TCL); Tire Pressure Monitoring System; Engine immobilizer anti-theft security alarm system; and Mitsubishi Motors’ patented Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) safety cell body construction.
Super all-wheel control
One of the most sophisticated all-wheel drive systems ever developed for a production car, the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system, working in concert with the Lancer Evolution’s superbly engineered suspension, provides an otherworldly degree of performance and tractability for the 2015 Lancer Evolution.
What’s more, to precisely maximize the S-AWC system’s performance, the driver can choose between three selectable traction mode settings – Tarmac, Gravel and Snow, the latter setting providing maximum tractability and performance in poor weather/road conditions and/or on low-grip surfaces.
The S-AWC system found in Mitsubishi Motors’ four-door sports car includes numerous high-tech components/systems to deliver such a remarkable level of traction and agility: Active Yaw Control (AYC), Active Center Differential (ACD), Active Stability Control (ASC) and Sport Anti-lock Braking.
Active yaw control
AYC controls torque distribution to the vehicle’s rear wheels through brakeforce control from the ASC system, as well as from the planetary gear rear differential and yaw rate sensors.
Active center differential
Manages the power routed to the wheels via an electronically-controlled multi-plate clutch based on a number of parameters including throttle opening, individual wheel speeds, and steering wheel angle. The ACD allows for up to a 50:50 torque split between the front and rear wheels.
Active stability control
Oversees the traction and stability control systems and helps prevent wheel slip and regulates brake force and power distribution at each individual wheel for improved traction and stability when cornering.
Utilizes data from the yaw rate sensors and the S-AWC system, along with advanced brake pressure, to rapidly decelerate the vehicle with exceptional control and aplomb.
The Lancer Evolution Final Edition’s suspension features inverted MacPherson struts up front with a multilink design at the rear, with suspension control arms composed of aluminum (the Lancer Evolution’s hood, roof, front fenders and front and rear bumper beams are also made from the strong yet lightweight alloy), Eibach springs and Bilstein shock absorbers with stabilizer bar.
High potency turbocharged powerplant
Based on the design that powered Finnish racing legend Tommi Mäkinen to four straight titles in the grueling World Rally Championship (WRC), the turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine found beneath the hood of every 2015 Mitsubishi Final Edition Lancer Evolution model delivers instantaneous power and torque at virtually any engine speed within the powerband.
Consisting of a reinforced cast-aluminum block and an aluminum cylinder head and fitted with the latest edition of Mitsubishi Motors’ innovative MIVEC variable valve-timing system, this impressive engine’s architecture features a “square” design as both its bore and stroke measure an equal 86 millimeters, accompanied by a compression ratio of 9.0:1.
The power output from this whirlwind of an engine for the Final Edition is rated at 303 horsepower at 6,500 revolutions per minute with a full 305 lb-ft of torque starting at the 4,000 rpm level.
The Lancer Evolution’s distinctive and throaty exhaust note is from the free-flowing dual exhaust outlets. The stainless steel exhaust manifold and turbocharger are located at the rear of the transversely-mounted engine and close to the firewall, which helps to improve weight distribution.
Lancer Evolution Final Edition comes standard with a short-throw, 5-speed manual transmission. EPA fuel economy is rated at 17 miles per gallon city and 23 mpg highway.
Exemplary Safety Features and Mitsubishi Motors’ Outstanding Warranty
Owners of the 2015 Mitsubishi Final Edition Lancer Evolution will find protection not only in the form of advanced safety features and technologies included on every vehicle as part of its standard equipment package but will also benefit from the Japanese auto manufacturer’s outstanding vehicle warranty.
Helping to protect the vehicle’s occupants in the event of an accident are Mitsubishi Motors’ patented next- generation Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) technology to help disperse energy from the cabin section as well as the fuel system; a Tire Pressure Monitoring System and a supplemental restraint system with occupant sensors and a total of seven air bags: a driver’s side knee air bag, two front air bags, two front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and two side curtain air bags.