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2015 Lancer Evolution Final Edition marks the end of Mitsubishi's sport compact icon

The tenth generation of Mitsubishi's rally-bred performance sedan marks the end of the road for the legendary model. To give it a proper send-off, Mitsubishi has built the Lancer Evolution Final Edition.

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Meet the limited-edition Final Edition model. Only 1,600 units have been brought to the US.

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Special exterior touches include a black roof, center bumper, hood vents and dark chrome grille and Enkei wheels.

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The Final Edition is based on the GSR model, which gets a five-speed manual transmission instead of the dual-clutch unit found in MR trims.

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Unlike many special editions, the Final Edition boasts a small power increase compared to other Evolution models. Horsepower climbs by 12 to 303, while torque increases by 5 pound-feet to 305.

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Even though the Final Edition is based on the GSR model, it does borrow the two-piece Brembo brake rotors from the MR model for better stopping performance.

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Like a proper Evolution, there's a large World Rally Championship-inspired rear wing installed on the Final Edition.

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A suspension with Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs do not provide very good on-road comfort.

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Yokohama Advan tires don't help ride quality, either, with super stiff sidewalls.

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The firm chassis setup does pay off on a race track. Cornering capabilities is stellar and steering response is immediate.

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The Evolution is a hardcore performance machine that only the biggest driving enthusiasts are likely to tolerate.

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