The tenth-generation Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has been on sale in Japan since 2007, and in the U.S. since early 2008. That's a long time by auto industry standards. And while the Evo helped establish the genre of sneaky-fast turbo sedans (along with its longtime competitor from Subaru), it's time to bid the Evo X farewell.
What we have here is the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition, a farewell version comprising the last 1,000 Evos to be built. Based on the Evo GSR, this 5-speed manual-only edition comes with black leather Recaros with red accent stitching, 18-inch BBS wheels, Bilstein and Eibach suspension bits, and Brembo brakes, along with the requisite "Final Edition" badging and a numbered dash plaque.
Mitsubishi won't say just how much power this thing makes: The company would only admit to the Final Edition being powered by a 2.0-liter MIVEC turbo engine featuring sodium-filled exhaust valves. this combo is good for more than 300 hp—more than lesser editions, but still not the 473 horses of the Evo X Concept Final show car we saw in Tokyo in December.
This final farewell is limited to just 1,000 examples, all of which are reserved for the Japanese market only. Orders for the $35,800 special edition have already begun, with delivery promised in August.
With Mitsubishi considering a hybrid crossover as the next iteration of the Evo name, we're particularly sad to see the Evo X disappear. While the tenth-gen car had definitely become long in the tooth, it was still a righteous performance bargain right up til the end. But as any scientist will confirm, in order for evolution to continue, the last generation has to die off.