Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution While You Still Can!
There is something supremely rare and beautiful about a street-legal rally car. Watching one of these pristine machines pass us by, or better yet, owning one of them, is a privilege that has been reserved for the rare few. And it is about to become rarer. The Evo is undeniably a fun car. It jostles you, it spins you around, and with its signature jolt of power from shifting gears it grips you to the very essence of your soul and reminds you what driving is supposed to feel like. It is, therefore, with a heavy heart that we must accept Mitsubishi’s announcement that the 2015 Mitsibishi Lancer Evolution will be the final production year for the Evo. It is time to say goodbye to a much adored cult classic as it rolls its way across the final finish line.
In the wake of the Evo’s impending retirement, allow us to revisit the most appealing aspects of this model’s final year. Here are the top ten reasons to get your hands on one of these beautiful machines while you still can!
10- Unbeatable Safety and Security
On top of being an incredibly affordable high-output sedan, the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has given the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer 4 shining stars. With such safety features as anti-lock brakes, front and side impact airbags, as well as overhead and knee airbags to keep you secured from all angles in case of a collision, it comes as no surprise that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has also given the Lancer a Top Safety Pick award. They have also given the Lancer top “good” ratings in frontal offset, side impact and rear impact tests, as well as a roof strength test. The Lancer is also equipped with an optimum security system that detects any unwanted intrusion and an ignition disable device that keeps the engine from starting unless the correct original manufacturer’s key is being used, so you know that nobody will be able to take off with your investment.
9- Recaro Seats
It may seem like a mundane detail to some, but true Evo enthusiasts will understand the importance of the much coveted Recaro seats that have become a standard for the Evolution since the release of its fifth generation in 1998. Recaro seats are a class of comfort and racing finesse all on its own; these seats are what make the Evo stand out from the rest! They’ve also been pulled from the 2015 Evolution model being released in the USA. But we still have them in Canada, making them an even hotter commodity!
8- State of the Art Technology
The 2015 Evo is no dinosaur when it comes to technology. Like the rest of its modern design, the new Evo is kept completely up to date with such amenities as a touch screen monitor embedded into the dash, an integrated parking camera, a premium audio system with 4 speakers, a USB port, Bluetooth capabilities and even iPad connectivity. All in all, you are guaranteed to always be connected.
7- Amazing Versatility
The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution in Edmonton is arguably a street legal rally car. It encompasses the image of racing speed and aerodynamics. Sitting behind the wheel provides the sensation of hurtling through left-hand curves and sliding sideways across the finish line. But it also comfortably seats five. The 2015 Evo is the perfect amalgamation of rally racer personality and family friendly versatility, so you don’t have to sacrifice the cool factor for a vehicle that will also take you to the grocery store or movie theatre.
6- Complete Customizatiob Potential
True enthusiasts can see the potential in a blank canvas. The interior of the 2015 Evo is not by any means boring, but it isn’t flashy either. This allows any ambitious artist to completely customize it to their vision – a car that you can truly make your own. The customization potential doesn’t end at the cosmetic line either. The power output of the Evo is completely modifiable for those with a true racer spirit and a bit of mechanical know-how.
5- Sporty Guts
The 2015 Evolution exhibits the hearts and soul of genuine racing heritage. That is an undeniable fact. Its 2.0-liter MIVEC engine with its all-aluminum block, dual cams, and power-thirsty turbocharger pumps out 291 horsepower at 6,500 RPM and 300 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 RPM. All of that power is nothing without smooth, efficient shifting though. For driving purists, the GSR’s short-throw 5-speed manual transmission provides just that. The Evo’s optional Twin Clutch Sportronic® Shift Transmission available in the MR is nothing to scoff at either, combining the efficiency of a manual gearbox with astoundingly smooth dual clutch shifting. Whether you decide to make use of the Evo’s automatic shift options or take full control with the sequential shifter or paddle shifters, you are sure to feel the gasoline, oil and pure unadulterated power course through your veins for a truly hands-on driving experience.
4- All-Wheel Drive Performance
When discussing efficiency and safety, the all-wheel drive feature of the Evo bridges both concepts. The heart of Mitsubishi’s Super All-Wheel Control system is power distribution. The 50:50 torque split between the front and rear wheels is the key to the Evo’s perfect handling. You can drive with the peace of mind of knowing that you are always in complete control of your vehicle, even when Mother Nature is throwing you her worst.
3- Street Legal Rally Car
The vroom factor. It is so rare to take a car that was built for the tracks and transition it to the streets. So rare, in fact, that it is nearly impossible. But Mitsubishi has transcended the impossible and given us sleek and sporty daily driver that looks like it belongs on a tarmac instead of on the pavement. To be able to own your own street-legal race car is a privilege inexperienced by most people, do you really want to pass it up?
2- A Breed on its Own
The Evolution remains the only high output performance vehicle in Mitsubishi’s line up. With the brand leaning closer and closer to economic vehicles that leave a smaller carbon footprint on our planet, cars like the Evo are quickly going the way of the velociraptor. An emphasis across all brands is being placed on hybrids and fuel-efficient crossovers, so it may be a long time yet before we see a resurgence of anything similar to it.
1- Final Edition
Final. Finale. Finished. Because of the nature of this being the final edition of the Evo, American production will be very limited. Meaning that not only will these soon be gone, but even the final comrades will be few and far between. The rarity of this beautiful design is motivation enough to want to own one before you can’t find one anymore. Ever wondering what would Lancer Evo and Subaru STI have in commun?
The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution represents the end of an era. An irreplaceable example of fine craftsmanship to be looked back upon with wonder and respect.
Few vehicles have come close to replicating it, and none will replace it. Mitsubishi admirers globally know this, so it is with a fondness for a hearty brand and bold design that we look upon the intricate Final Edition badging of the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and pay one final farewell.