Will new Lancer Evolution Special Edition be for collectors only?
The last of the 2015 Lancer Evolutions are already at Mitsubishi dealers, but there is a 2015 EVO coming at the end of the year’s production that will be extra special. Mitsubishi just unveiled a new 473 hp 2015 Lancer Evolution X Final Edition at the Tokyo Auto Salon and they have not said if it’s coming to the U.S.
The UK received a special edition 2015 Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR last year to celebrate the Japanese automakers 40th anniversary in the UK. Only 40 examples were build and the special edition EVO was in very limited supply. The X FQ-440 MR pumped out 440 hp and Mitsubishi UK sold the hot EVO’s for 50,000 Pounds which is about $75,725 US. The 40 special anniversary models were snatched up quickly and are now sold out.
The U.S. is supposed to get a final Special Edition EVO X model later this year that will give U.S. fans a model to commemorate the last EVO that will ever be produced. In an interview with Motor Trend at the Los Angeles Auto Show late last year, Don Swearingen, Executive VP of Mitsubishi Motors North America, confirmed that a new Special Edition 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution will arrive later this year.
Back in August we reported that this “Special Action Model” will be built specifically for the U.S. and will come with “extra horsepower and other performance improvements.” Automotive News said 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 later this year.
Final Edition will be highly collectable
The Final Edition U.S. model will likely be much more expensive, and like the UK 40th anniversary models could fetch more than the standard models. Mitsubishi hasn’t said if the special edition model will be a GSR or MR model but the Final Edition Japan model at the Tokyo Auto Salon was a GSR with a five-speed manual gearbox. The limited number of U.S. models will be in high demand and collectors will be buying these cars.
Will the Special Edition come with Recaros?
Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) pulled the performance Recaro seats from the 2015 Lancer Evolution due to an airbag requirement in the new model sedans. This was done to accommodate a new side airbag that was installed in the front seats of all new 2015 EVOs. All 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution sports cars now come equipped with the standard Ralliart/Lancer GT front seats. The Special Edition model will also likely come with Lancer seats.
If the U.S. gets 2,000-2,500 examples of these higher performance 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Special Edition sedans, they will be a collectors item and will likely sell out quickly. We don’t know the cost of the last special edition EVO X, but they will probably be much more than the standard models. Collectors could drive up the price. Stay tuned.