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The out-of-production Mitsubishi Lancer EVO was famous in the 1990s and 2000s as an iconic rally legend—until it retired from production. Now, performance enthusiasts have reason to get excited, as a new report indicates that the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is set to make a comeback.
The Lancer EVO first took the rally world by storm when it launched in 1992. Featuring a bold exterior, a light body, and plenty of spirit under the hood, the Lancer EVO was an instant classic that still holds a special place in the hearts of drivers worldwide.
The decision to focus more on efficient and versatile SUVs led Mitsubishi to end production of the Lancer EVO in 2016. And while the choice was sound from a business standpoint, it disappointed everyone, nonetheless.
Now, the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO seems to be poised for a triumphant return, according to a new report. Made possible by the alliance between Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Renault, the all-new Mitsubishi Lancer EVO would be a welcome return to the Mitsubishi lineup. Reports indicate that the all-new Lancer would share the same platform as the next-generation Renault Megane RS and would feature a potent 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
While we don’t have a clear idea of when the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO return would be, it gives us plenty to get excited about in the meantime. Check out our selection of other New Mitsubishi models here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi in the meantime.
It’s no secret that Mitsubishi has joined forces with Nissan, which can only be described as a major event in both brands’ history. Although it’s still early in the two brand’s relationship, speculation is already flying. In fact, Mitsubishi Australia seems fairly confident that the merger could bring a new Mitsubishi Lancer Evo to the road.
The joint efforts of Nissan and Mitsubishi will ultimately aim to create a stronger passenger car lineup. The next-generation cars could ride on Nissan-Renault’s modular CFM architecture, a system which could save money and make a new Lancer Evo a possibility too.
The two brands will also share technology, which will make introducing new technologies into vehicles a more cost-effective process. By joining forces with Nissan, Mitsubishi lands among the top three automotive groups in the world, based on sales.
That gives the brand a lot more capital and flexibility. Considering the Lancer Evo was cut from the lineup for cost reasons, it isn’t out of the question that we could see a return in the future.
Mitsubishi confirmed that it is set to work on a new Lancer and Triton truck. Reviving a famed performance car could be a great way to set the tone for the company’s future.
We here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi hope that we’ll see a new Lancer Evo sooner rather than later!
We were all heartbroken when we learned that Mitsubishi was ending production of the Lancer Evolution permanently. However, there is a silver lining. Mitsubishi has auctioned off the last production Lancer Evolution to raise money for charity.
The Final Edition Evo is powered by a turbocharged DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine rated at 303 horsepower—the most powerful mass-produced Evolution ever built.
Mitsubishi only produced 1,600 of its Final Edition Evolution model and the US1600 car went to the online auction block on eBay. All proceeds from the auction will benefit Feeding America Riverside & San Bernardino and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
Over the course of seven days, 15 bidders from across the country battled it out to keep the highest bid. In the end, the Final Edition sold for $76,400.
Nicole Suydam, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, said, “Too many people in our community are forced to make hard choices between rent and food, or medicine and food. Mitsubishi’s auction of the final Lancer Evolution will make a big difference in the lives of so many men, women and children who look to us for support every day. We are very grateful for their generosity.”
Here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi, we are sad to see the Lancer Evolution go, but are proud to see Mitsubishi donate this iconic vehicle to such a great cause.
After a decade in Mitsubishi’s lineup, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is leaving for good. The automaker is looking to make a difference with finale of the popular model. That’s why the very first Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition is heading to auction to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The Lancer Evo auction began on November 11th on eBay, 10 days before the MS Dinner Auction in California officially closes the bidding.
In all, only 1,600 Lancer Evo Final Editions will head to the United States, each carrying a numbered plaque. Under the hood is a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder engine that rockets off with 330 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque. Other features include a black painted aluminum roof, Bilstein shock absorbers, and Brembo 2-piece front rotors.
“With the support of Mitsubishi Motors we are able to fund cutting-edge research, drive change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborate with MS organizations around the world, and provide programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward,” said Richard Israel, President of the National MS Society.
Mitsubishi has been supporting the National MS Society for more than 16 years. The last time we checked, the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition was going for $38,900. Be sure to let us know what you think of the last edition of the Lancer Evolution at Don Robinson Mitsubishi!
Last year, Mitsubishi announced the Lancer Evolution X would go away, to the chagrin of many performance car enthusiasts and some of our customers at Don Robinson Mitsubishi—but it isn’t gone yet!
Before the automaker gives it the final send off, it’ll be building a limited amount of Lancer Evolution Final Edition models—and the first market lucky enough to sell them is Japan.
Only 1,000 models will be built and sold there, but several more will be made for specific markets like the United States and Australia. We can’t wait to see what this special edition EVO will have here in the U.S.
Under the hood, it’ll have the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, producing 291 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, but with sodium-filled exhaust valves instead.
Other goodies include Recaro seats, Brembo high-performance brakes, 18-inch BBS wheels, a dark chrome front grille, and black leather and red stitching inside.
According to Mitsubishi, it won’t stop building the regular 2015 Lancer Evo X until all of its Final Edition models are sold—so maybe we can get them to keep making it by leaving one of them unsold! We hope the Lancer Evolution will be around for a little while longer!
Take a bow, Lancer Evolution. You’ve had a great run over the years but your time has finally come. That’s right, after the 2015 model year the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, staple sports car of the brand, will be withdrawn from the manufacturer’s starting lineup. The Lancer Evolution is leaving big tire tracks to fill and they’re only enlarged by the final model’s impressive specifications.
The final Lancer Evolution model will see an all-out play in the form of the Evo GSR, fully equipped with a whole bundle of a speed fanatic’s fantasy. The GSR races off into the sunset with 473 horsepower under the hood, tearing up the track beneath its 19-inch wheels. To compare, the standard model puts out 291 horsepower, which is nothing to be scoffed at but doesn’t compare to the tire burning power of the GSR.
No new Evo model is set to take the reins, at least not for a couple of years anyway. Suspicion suggests that the replacement will be a hybrid but there is no confirmation on that just yet. After ten generations, we can only bid the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution farewell as it drives off into the distant sunset.
Get your hands on one of the last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution sports cars here at Don Robinson Mitsubishi!