This is the end of the line for the rally-bred model
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution’s slow march towards retirement will soon be officially over, because Mitsubishi Motors North America will auction the very last Final Edition model on eBay between September 8 and 15. The proceeds from the sale will benefit the charities Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. It'll also mean an end of the Japanese brand's legacy of performance models in the United States and Canada for the foreseeable future.
This is the last of the 1,600-unit production run of the Lancer Evolution Final Edition. It comes with New Diamond White Pearl with black trim for the aluminum roof, hood air outlet, and center portion of the bumper. There’s also dark chrome in the front grille surround, which matches the finish on the wheels. The interior has a plaque that shows this is Final Edition number 1,600. There’s also red stitching around the cabin.
The Final Edition produces 303 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque from its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, and they come with a five-speed manual and special suspension tuning with Bilstein shocks and Eibach springs. The models also use two-piece front brake rotors from Brembo. If you want to get an idea of how this last batch of cars drive, Motor1 got behind the wheel of one and a Subaru WRX STI for a video earlier this year.
Mitsubishi first announced the Final Edition last year, and it auctioned the first one to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The car raised $46,200 USD for charity. A dealer in Brooklyn, New York, currently has it for sale for $88,888 (approximately $115,000 CAD).
So far, there's no indication of Mitsubishi creating another generation of Lancer Evo, or any other performance car for that matter. Company boss Osamu Masuko indicated in 2015 that the Evolution moniker could return, but it would be on a hot crossover, likely with a hybrid powertrain.