Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

The Model, the Myth, the Legend: the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Sports Sedan Still Reigns Supreme

On the streets of Puente Hills, all around Los Angeles, there's one sports car whose iconic face and rich voice still strike awe in the hearts of every auto enthusiast in California--and it might be what you think. It's the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, and whether you've driven one or not, you have to respect where this feisty compact sports sedan came from; how it got here; and where it might go in the future.

Our new and pre-owned Mitsubishi inventory near Los Angeles can help you find the model you want--even the rare 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition, of which only 1600 were produced. Explore the selection online, read on to learn more about the little sedan that changed it all, or contact Puente Hills Mitsubishi for more options.

 

The History of the Legendary Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

While the wide-open streets and plains of America gave birth to hulking muscle cars, the tight urban spreads of Japan called for something a little different--but no less powerful. The Lancer Evo was built as the Japanese embodiment of ideal city sport performance, and drivers in Los Angeles can probably appreciate that. The very first Evo was created as a fairly modest compact sedan, injected with the massive power of a turbocharged powertrain pulled straight from Mitsubishi's Galant VR-4 rally car. Smaller, lighter, and sharper than the Galant, Mitsubishi envisioned the Lancer Evolution for Group A touring car racing and rally events.

Nobody could have really predicted how quickly the Lancer Evo would shoot into infamy, and the passionate fan base that it would collect over the years. Although the Evo has only been on this earth for about 25 years, its indomitable spirit and dive-nosed charm feels like an old friend.

Mitsubishi's Epic Rivalry: EVO vs WRX

You can't talk about the Lancer's history without addressing one, very hot-topic issue: the epic and eternal struggle for power between the Lancer Evo and the Subaru WRX. Both models were born in the early 90's; both competed at World Rally Championships; both are uniquely aggressive and bold in a utilitarian way that still can't really be touched by outside competitors; and both of these rivals forced the other to constantly upgrade and update at breakneck speeds, always attempting to be on top.

Some might say that the WRX STi has finally pulled ahead--seeing as it's still producing vehicles while the Lancer Evolution has been quietly removed from the lines--but we'd argue that as long as there are Evos running the gauntlet from one corner of the Hills to the other, the fierce competition continues.

Recent Evo Trim Levels and Package Options

The most recent generation is based on the Lancer Evo X design and structure that was first teased as a concept back in 2005--and then refined and released in the US as a production model starting around 2008, and giving birth to what is now the newest Lancer Evolution available. This 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution offers three available trim levels: Evo GSR, Evo MR, and Evo FE.

Not to be outdone in volume or brash attitude, the Lancer Evolution also offered a variety of accessories, package options, performance upgrades, custom gear, and everything that you could ever need to constantly remind the people around you that you're not just cut from the same cloth. Things like Ralliart accessory upgrades, "Lancer"- and "Evolution"-branded interior gear, and aluminum, chrome, and leather cabin accents help shoppers to further personalize the already standout and standoffish design of the legendary Lancer Evo, while body enhancements like rear corner air dams, a rear spoiler extension, side skirt, and more worked to provide the feeling of the "tuner" lifestyle that many looked for when purchasing an Evo sedan.

Performance, Sport Handling, and Engine Power

Every driver has been burned at least once by a hot performer that turns out to be "all bark, no bite". But in Los Angeles, the iconic Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is all bark; all bite; all potential. The most recent 2015 models come standard with a 291-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter DOHC MIVEC engine--with select Lancer Evo sedans offering a retuned turbo engine good for 303 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. Pair it to either a 5-speed manual transmission or a 6-speed Twin Clutch Sportronic® Shift Transmission (available on MR), add Mitsubishi Super-All Wheel Control, and you've got serious performance on your hands.

The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution offers MacPherson type strut suspension in the front, and multi-link type suspension with forged aluminum control arms in the rear. A BREMBO® high performance braking system rounds it all out in a nice, smoothly-packaged collection of surprisingly advanced sport technology and equipment in a small, understated body.

Driving Reviews of the Legendary Lancer Evo

It's not perfect. There are pros and cons to every model in the Evo lineup that's ever hit the road--including the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition, which was made to be the epic final hurrah. But that's one of the things that made the Evo such a beloved car when muscle cars were moving out, and heart-pounding rally cars were coming in. But, it can demurely take your grandma to the grocery store, it can impress a first date, and it can scream like nothing you've ever heard when you let it loose on the highway or on a lonely, empty road far out of town.

And at a time when the performance car seemed unattainable, this was a pretty big deal. The most common word used throughout Evo reviews by critics, fans, and amateurs alike? "Fun".

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution: In Memoriam

If you don't know about the current state of Evo production for the US--you may want to sit down. The Mitsubishi Evolution was discontinued after the 2015 model-year, which means that Los Angeles drivers can pretty much only find one in used/Certified Pre-Owned form. Few if any Mitsubishi dealers in California have managed to hold onto a new Mitsubishi Evolution.

Our Mitsubishi Lancer Evo inventory in the Puente Hills region makes it easy to find a fantastic selection of recent-model-year, low-mileage, or affordably-priced Evo sedans for sale near you, including special-edition cars.

Evo Final Edition

Every culture has its own unique way of sending out their dead in an honorable ceremony; Mitsubishi chose to honor the Evo in the only way it knew how. Thus, the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition was created. Everything from its evenly-dispersed badging, to its unique number (each of the 1600 units were labeled with their production number), to its sharp red-and-black interior accenting was at once exhilarating and sobering. The sense of finality hung heavy, but the gorgeous styling and exclusive additions helped to soothe the sting for Evo enthusiasts.

2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition Exclusives:

  • Final Edition badging
  • 18" Enkei dark alloy wheels
  • Black-painted aluminum roof
  • All-black interior with contrast red stitching
  • Turbo engine with 303 horsepower, 305 pound-feet of torque

Interested in buying a 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition near Los Angeles? You're in luck.

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You Can Still Get Your Lancer Evolution in Puente Hills: Shop Inventory Here

At Puente Hills Mitsubishi, we understand the rabid enthusiasm--and time-tested passion--for the iconic Lancer Evo. It's why our team of buyers is constantly on the lookout for high-quality, low-mileage, and recent-model-year Mitsubishi Evolution sedans for sale across the country, so we continue adding to our inventory near Los Angeles.

Shop beautiful classics, new 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution and Final Edition models, compare features and options, browse pricing, or visit Puente Hills Mitsubishi to take a test drive. Your Evo is waiting.

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