The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition is an iconic Japanese car that has seen glory through movies and motorsport and has earned enough reputation to be bunched up with the top ranks of the Japanese sports car icons such as the Skyline GTR, Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7 and the like. After 10 years since its introduction in 2005, Mitsubishi has done little to change the Evo to keep up with the times and that is a double edged sword. Mechanically the Evo performs exceptionally well, but when you climb in the cabin, the cheap quality and lack of modernism will make you think twice about the glory of this vehicle.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition Goes Back to Basics
On the outside, the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition retains the looks it had since 2005. Fitted with an aggressive front end, prominent scoops and vents, registration plate mounted at the side of the front bumper to not obstruct the intercooler. It has the classic Lancer side profile and greenhouse, a rear diffuser and don’t forget a huge rear wing the likes of which only Subaru can compete with, as well as red contrasting Brembo brakes and BBS wheels. Under the hood is the aging Mivec 2.0 Turbo 4 that generates a nice raspy growl that could make rally fans shed a tear. As with all Evo’s, it is equipped standard with 4 wheel drive.
On the inside, the interior remains unchanged for the 2015 Lancer Evolution Final Edition and since 2005, it has retained the all cheap hard plastic molding side panels and dashboard. Mitsubishi has done little to update the interior and to those looking for plush interior might want to look elsewhere as the Evo’s interior is simply cheap feeling even when compared to a track special Porsche 911 GT3 with all of its interior stripped out.
Driving the Lancer Evolution however is where it all matters when you’re a driving purist. The connection to the vehicle so direct, you might as well be holding the steering assembly’s tie rods yourself. The Mivec turbo 4 delivers a huge amount of midrange torque all while rowing through 5 (6 gears were expensive in 2005) gears on the razor sharp-feeling short ratio gearbox. The whole car is meant to be an engaging enthusiast’s car that urges you to go fast as there’s no space for “calm” in this beast.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition is a collector’s item as this is the last production run. Delivers a very engaging drive. It’s still a sedan with space for three people at the back with a decent trunk. However, not all about it is good as the interior is outdated and cheap materials are prominent all around. As the Lancer Evolution’s final push towards the finish line, Mitsubishi stuck with the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” route; but Mitsubishi could have updated the interior a bit, even for one last time.