After nine great years in America, we’ve learned that the Mitsubishi will lay to rest the rally-ready Lancer Evolution. This comes after American enthusiasts spent years lobbying Mitsu to release the turbocharged sedan here in the States and finally succeeded in 2003.
According to a report from Automotive News, the Lancer will be phased out in stages, as the Evo MR will be the first to die off in December 2014, then the GSR will follow suit in 2015. Following the 2015 model year, the Evolution will no longer be available. Though this is heartbreaking news to some, there is a small silver lining, as the report claims that Mitsubishi will offer a special “Super Action Model” to give the iconic sedan a proper send off.
According to the report, this Super Action Model will only be available in America and will boast extra power and performance bits. The current Lancer Evo’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder cranks out 291 horses and 300 pound0feet of torque, and the Japanese automaker may turn this up to around 325 horses and 330 pound-feet of torque for this final run of Evolutions. You can also expect some extra handling bits, like revised dampers, thicker anti-roll bars, updated brakes and stickier rubber.
To make this Super Action Model even more enticing, Mitsubishi will offer it in very limited quantities, as Automotive News reports that there will be only 2,000 to 2,500 units available.
As for the base Lancer itself, it is set to receive a redesign for the 2016 model year. This redesign may be the reasoning behind the Evo’s elimination, and it leaves the door open for a re-introduction of the rally machine in the future with this new skin.