Fi­nal Edi­tion nearly sold out

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Only about 12 (as I write) lucky own­ers will be able to get their hands on the very last Mit­subishi Lancer Evo­lu­tion model, the Fi­nal Edi­tion, with 18 of the 30 al­lo­cated to New Zealand al­ready sold.

And the very last one of the set, the 30th, will be sold in a spe­cial auc­tion later in the year.

“We don’t of­ten get so many Evos sold at once,” says mar­ket­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Daniel Cook, “but I guess this is a spe­cial oc­ca­sion”.

Al­ready known for its ex­tra­or­di­nary per­for­mance, the Lancer Evo­lu­tion Fi­nal Edi­tion in­creases power to 226kW at 6,500rpm and 414Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm.

This has been achieved in part through the ap­pli­ca­tion of sodium filled ex­haust valves which in­creases cool­ing ef­fi­ciency, al­low­ing the en­gine to gen­er­ate an even higher out­put and im­prov­ing en­gine per­for­mance across both mid­dle and high rev and torque ranges.

Based on a de­sign that pow­ered Fin­nish rac­ing leg­end Tommi Mäki­nen to four straight ti­tles in the gru­elling World Rally Cham­pi­onship (WRC), the turbo-charged and inter-cooled twolitre DOHC four-cylin­der en­gine de­liv­ers in­stan­ta­neous power and torque.

Con­sist­ing of a struc­turally re­in­forced cast-alu­minium block, alu­minium cylin­der head and fit­ted with the lat­est edi­tion of Mit­subishi Mo­tors’ MIVEC vari­able valve-tim­ing sys­tem, this im­pres­sive en­gine’s ar­chi­tec­ture fea­tures a square de­sign with both its bore and stroke mea­sure an equal 86.0mm with a com­pres­sion ra­tio of 9.0:1.

Pre­vi­ously used in the highly suc­cess­ful Lancer Evo­lu­tion VII, VIII and IX en­gines, as men­tioned the cylin­der head valves are sodium-filled. The valves are hol­lowed out and then filled with spe­cially formulated sodium. This achieves a weight re­duc­tion and im­proved heat dis­per­sion com­pared to stan­dard valves.

The Lancer Evo­lu­tion’s dis­tinc­tive ex­haust note is due to the sys­tems 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, five-speed man­ual trans­mis­sion.

Per­for­mance is fur­ther en­hanced by the use of world lead­ing mo­tor sport sup­pli­ers in­clud­ing light weight two-piece Brembo brake ro­tors up front, ac­com­pa­nied by Bil­stein shock ab­sorbers and Eibach springs at all four cor­ners.

One of the most so­phis­ti­cated and rally proven all-wheel drive sys­tems ever de­vel­oped for a pro­duc­tion car, the Su­per All-Wheel Con­trol (S-AWC) sys­tem, work­ing with Lancer Evo­lu­tion’s su­perbly en­gi­neered sus­pen­sion, pro­vides per­for­mance and tractabil­ity like no other.

The S-AWC sys­tem al­lows the driver to choose be­tween three se­lectable trac­tion mode set­tings – tar­mac, gravel and snow pro­vid­ing max­i­mum tractabil­ity and per­for­mance in all weather and road con­di­tions.

The S-AWC sys­tem is also com­ple­mented by the Ac­tive Yaw Con­trol (AYC), Ac­tive Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (ASC) and Sport Anti-lock Brak­ing (ABS) with Elec­tronic Brake­force Dis­tri­bu­tion and Lim­ited Slip Dif­fer­en­tial to de­liver a re­mark­able level of trac­tion and agility.

The Lancer Evo­lu­tion Fi­nal Edi­tion’s sus­pen­sion fea­tures in­verted McPher­son struts up front, us­ing Bil­stein shock ab­sorbers and Eibach springs. Front sus­pen­sion also in­cludes a sta­biliser bar and alu­minium con­trol arms. The Brembo brakes are light­weight with two-piece ro­tors.

Rear sus­pen­sion is an in­de­pen­dent multi-link low mount de­sign with sta­biliser bar with Bil­stein shock ab­sorbers and Eibach springs.

Help­ing 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 and a sup­ple­men­tal re­straint sys­tem (SRS) with oc­cu­pant sen­sors and a to­tal of seven airbags: a driver’s side knee airbag, two front airbags, two front seat-mounted side-im­pact airbags and two side cur­tain airbags.

The Lancer Evo­lu­tion Fi­nal Edi­tion also comes with a rear view cam­era, while in­side there are such items as Re­caro par­tial-leather seats.

Price: $68,990.

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