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LIVE: Mitsubishi unveils Lancer Evolution Final Edition

The last Evo is shown at Mitsubishi Motors HQ in California.

Mitsubishi Motors has unveiled a close-to-production prototype of the Lancer Evolution Final Edition, the last of the automaker's rally-inspired sports sedans.

The company took the opportunity of the annual Mitsubishi Owners' Day event held at corporate headquarters in Cypress, California to show off the Final Edition. With thousands of Mitsubishi fans in attendance, arriving in Lancer Evolutions, Eclipses, 3000GTs Galant VR-4s, and even lifted Monteros, the bittersweet news was announced.

According to a Mitsubishi spokesperson at the event, there will be a "slight bump" in horsepower, but the actual figure was not disclosed. The 2.0L turbo mill will see the addition of sodium-filled exhaust valves, which Mitsubishi says will improve output at medium and high engine speeds. The suspension has been upgraded with Bilstein shocks, Eibach springs and Brembo two-piece ventilated front brakes discs, all rolling on high-performance Yokohama Advan tires.

Visually, the Final Editon will feature a dark chrome front grille with a gloss black bumper bar and hood vent surrounds, color coordinated with 18-inch BBS wheels. The roof panel will be offered in two colors, white or black, which can be matched with one of five body colors -- red, white, gray, black and blue. Cabin-wise, the Recaro bucket seats, steering wheel, shift knob, parking brake handle and console lid will all be black leather with red-stitching.

Mitsubishi began taking orders for the Final Edition in Japan back in April. There, only 1,000 examples will be sold. The example shown in California was still pre-production, number "0000." It was so new that the "Final Edition" emblem hadn't arrived in time to be affixed to the rear yet. North America will receive 1,600 Final Edition Lancer Evolutions.

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