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Swansong Lancer Evo lands locally

THAT'S THE number of aptly named Final Edition Mitsubishi Lancer Evos that have arrived priced from $53,700 plus on-roads. It closes off not only the Evo X that has sold virtually unchanged since 2008, but marks the end of the Evo series that began spraying dirt around 23 years ago.

Mitsubishi has at least ensured the Evo X Final Edition gets a boost.

Outputs of the 2.0-litre turbo four rise 9kW/48Nm to 226kW/414Nm for the FE, and an old-school five-speed manual is the only transmission choice.

It should help lower the 5.59sec 0-100km/h best we’ve achieved from the leggy manual.

The FE also delivers all the equipment that seven years ago was reserved for the $72,000 Evo X MR, including 18-inch BBS wheels, Brembo brakes, Bilstein shocks with Eibach springs and leather-trimmed Recaro bucket seats.

Available locally in white, grey or red with black roof, or black with gloss black roof, each Evo X will be individually numbered AU0001 to AU0150 to go along with the Final Edition badging/colour-screen start-up/floormats.

Mitsubishi says the Evo’s brilliant Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC) system will live on in other sporty cars, likely SUVs. But sometimes evolution isn’t for the better.