New more powerful exclusive Lancer Evolution model coming next year
It looks like Mitsubishi is going to send the 2015 Lancer Evolution out with a more powerful exclusive Lancer Evolution model for performance enthusiasts here in the U.S. It’s the last year for the EVO as the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution gets ready to make its dealer launch this fall. According to Automotive News, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) will be giving EVO fans here in the U.S. a special edition model as a final send off for the performance sedan. What will set this EVO apart?
2015 Lancer Evolution special edition model
Automotive News says Mitsubishi will send off the the 2015 Lancer Evolution with a more powerful version to reward performance fans here in the U.S. This “Special Action Model” will be built specifically for the U.S. and will come with “extra horsepower and other performance improvements.” AN says that Mitsubishi will limit production to 2,000-2,500 units of the higher performance sedan and they will be built during the final six month’s of production that will end next year.
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We can get a good idea of what this special edition 2015 Lancer Evolution will look like from the 2015 Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR special edition model that launched in the UK earlier this year. That special edition 2015 Lancer Evolution X was built to help celebrate the company’s 40th Anniversary in the UK. It was ultra exclusive and only 40 examples were built.
More power and added performance
The UK EVO special edition model may give us a good idea of what to expect for the U.S. model. The 2015 Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR special edition UK model came with a Bespoke engine ECU re-map producing a massive 440 bhp at 6,800 rpm and 412 lb.ft at 3,100 rpm. That's a bunch of hp from the 2.0-liter turbocharged Mitsubishi engine. The QG5 Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR was priced at 50,000 British Pounds ($82,000 US).
Other performance upgrades
MMC upgraded the special edition EVO powertrain and it featured a HKS turbo, Janspeed exhaust system with a high-flow sports catalytic convertor, 6 Speed Twin Clutch Sports Shift Transmission (SST), Janspeed intake & intercooler piping kit, Janspeed tubular manifold, and Motorsport specification high-flow fuel injectors.
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The suspension was also specially-tuned and featured an Alcon front braking system with 6 pot mono-block front calipers with floating disc and bell assembly, Alcon rear caliper with floating disc and bell assembly, Front suspension lowered by 35mm, Rear suspension lowered by 30mm, Eibach coil springs, and Super-All Wheel Control (S-AWC) with full time 4WD system.
Upgrades inside and out
It also came with special treatments outside with Forged 18” BBS alloy wheels, Bi-xenon headlights with adaptive front-lighting system (AFS), Front fog lamps and PIAA motorsport silicone windscreen wiper blades. Inside it came with Push Button start, Recaro branded leather bucket seats, Rockford Fosgate premium audio with SD card based music server, 8 speakers plus subwoofer. Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR special edition also came with extra high-tech upgrades. It was available in one color, a special edition Frost White.
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Mitsubishi has not announced the 2015 Lancer Evolution “Special Action Model”, but look for the exclusive model to be built later next year. If you are a fan of the high-performance Lancer Evolution, head to a dealer soon because production of the Evolution MR will end in December 2014 and Evolution GSR production will wind down over the course of 2015.
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