Plans to bring a limited number of the run-out Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X Final Edition to the UK have fallen through.
Mitsubishi built a run of 1000 examples to commemorate the end of production of the iconic model, but none of them will be officially sold in Europe.
“We tried our best to get a small allocation of the final run of 1000 cars, but it proved impossible," said Lance Bradley, boss of Mitsubishi Motors UK. "It's a real shame, as the demand is there, but we couldn't make it happen.”
Although Bradley wouldn’t expand on the reasons behind the decision, Autocar understands that negotiations over price may have stalled plans to import some of the cars, while demand in Mitsubishi’s home market has ensured that the entire production run has already been accounted for.
The Lancer Evolution X Final Edition was previewed by a concept at the 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon. The production version is based on the GSR trim. It features a five-speed manual gearbox, blackened front grille, garnish of chrome, 18in alloy wheels, special suspension and Brembo brakes.
Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and although specific performance figures have yet to be issued, Mitsubishi says it has improved the mid-range and top-end characteristics of the power delivery.
The Final Edition costs 4,298,400 yen in Japan. While that equates to £22,600, import costs would have swelled the UK price tag considerably.
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