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Mitsubishi says goodbye to the Evo with a & # 34; Final Edition & # 34;

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Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 'Final Edition'
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E s are special moments that we Cause goosebumps. Either they are particularly beautiful, particularly sad, or even both at once. With the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, we have enjoyed ten generations who have plowed the world's roads and gravel roads since 1992. But today we mourn the decision by Mitsubishi Motors to discontinue the Evo after 24 years.

The Evo was almost built for a quarter of a century

To say goodbye, the Japanese are building a special model: the 'Final Edition'. In a video, Mitsubishi accompanied the production of the last Lancer Evolution from the first step. Not only Evo fans should smile at first, then get goose bumps at the end - and maybe a little sadness. Sadness because a rally legend is leaving us. And if this often used and often misused legendary term is wrong with the Evo, then where?

The journey of the last Evo begins - as with every non-carbon-fiber car - in the press shop. In a dark corner are gray metal plates that are pressed into the bonnet in the next step. Meanwhile, countless robots are modulating the frame of the Mitsubishi Evo 'Final Edition'. The roof is always made of black painted aluminum. Then it's off to the paint shop. There the hands of the machines are already waiting to spray the metal in a suitable color. There is a total of four paint finishes for the special model: white, red, gray and blue.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 'Final Edition' with 303 hp

They manufacture in the 'Powertrain Plant - Shiga' Mechanic the two-liter turbo engine in many small work steps. This is where the connecting rods go into the cylinders, there the four pistons and elsewhere the cylinder head. In the end, the well-known 4G63 engine, which has been continuously improved over the years, does not come out - that already died with the predecessor Evo IX. But something new: The unit called 4B11T, which only works in the last Evo series. In the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 'Final Edition' it delivers 303 hp and 414 Nm maximum torque. The engine is 'married' to the body in the assembly hall; in industrial jargon, the installation of the drive train in the body is called 'marriage'.

The last Evo also has reinforced Brembo brakes on the front axle ,Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs. And of course one feature shouldn't be missing, even if you can't see the programming and coding in the video: Mitsubishi's electronically controlled all-wheel drive 'Super All-Wheel Control System' (SAWC). On the axles, Yokohama tires turn on 18-inch Enkei wheels in dark paint.

Finally, a deep bow

After several hours, the Mitsubishi Lancer 'Final Edition' rolls off the production line and is put to the test. The engine, chassis and brakes are tested there. Only when everything is in order can the Evo be driven onto the truck and to the dealer. A total of 1,600 are being shipped to the United States - at a cost of just under $ 38,000. In Japan, the country of origin, only 1,000 units are sold.

Perhaps a man is waiting in the Evo's home country who has been selling Mitsubishis for 24 years. And when he ceremoniously hands over the key to the last Mitsubishi Evolution X, he will perhaps remember its first generation, which debuted in 1992.

Ten generations ago, more than 23 years ago. That is not maybe, not definitely, but definitely worth a deep bow.

さ よ う な ら! Sayonara, Evo!

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