We all know that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo will not live beyond the current Evo X variant. Mitsubishi has made this fact crystal clear on several occasions, but the automaker also let us in on the fact that it’ll release one final Evo X for the 2016 model year that will be limited to 2,000 units. That was about all of the detail the automaker let out, but that started the rumor mill churning, and we’ve heard all sorts of crazy ideas and half truths. However, a report from Indian Autos Blog just blew the cover off of the possibilities of this final Evo X.
According to the site, Mitsubishi has confirmed a Lancer Evo X Final Concept will participate in the 2015 Tokyo Auto Salon that kicks off in January 9th. Unlike many of our visions of the upcoming final run of Evo Xs, which include a mild power bump and all sorts of other bits that do little more than add weight, the report claims that this Final Concept will hit the show floor with 473 horsepower in tow. That’s a massive jump over the 291 ponies that the U.S.-spec Evo X pumps out.
According to the report, this power will be unleashed from the 2.0-liter four-cylinder by way of a new turbocharger from HKS, a new intake, a new exhaust, a new cooling system and a new ECU. This power will make its way to all four wheels by way of a five-speed manual gearbox. On top of the engine tune, the Evo X Final Concept will also feature an HKS adjustable sport suspension and RAYS forged-aluminum wheels wrapped up in 19-inch Yokohama Advan Neovas rubber.
While all of this sounds freaking awesome, we need to keep in mind that this is only a concept and could be little more than a publicity stunt. While that would crush most Evo enthusiasts dreams, it is a very likely scenario, as a Mitsubishi with nearly 500 ponies sounds absolutely ridiculous and out of the question for the struggling automaker. But you never know what these car manufacturers have up their sleeves.
We’ll keep monitoring this news piece to see if we can dig up any updates moving forward.