The Death of an Evolution: Mitsubishi Ends ‘Evo’ Model
Mitsubishi puts an end to the short lived Lancer Evolution, commonly abbreviated as Evo. Although young, Evo had a strong history.
Born in the mid-90’s, Evo derived as a sports version of the Lancer, a compact family car.
Even though Evo is a derivative of the Lancer, they have very little in common, besides the overall look, they are two completely different vehicles.
It was marketed as a street car, but rigid suspension and a turbocharged engine say otherwise. This type of design is exactly what made the car so iconic — an ordinary looking car with surprising power and grippy handling.
Mitsubishi Motor Company (MMC) plans on focusing on smaller sub-pact cars and hybrid crossovers over the next few years. Also, they were not getting the sales they hoped for in recent fiscal years, which is why the decided to put a temporary end to their sole sport model.
In a time of American muscle cars still dominating the street world, the Evo put out a really good name for the Japanese.
American cars were typically known for their big V8 engines that put out a lot of horsepower, while the manufacturers at Mitsubishi sought a different route.
They went with a turbocharger in a 4-cylinder engine that could make more power with a more efficient engine that’s easier on the wallet in comparison their American counterparts.
As a goodbye homage, Mitsubishi designed a Final Edition Lancer Evolution with only 1,600 in production.
The vehicle boasts an increase in horsepower and torque, pushing 303 bhp at 6,500 rpm and 305 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm. The Final Edition also receives exclusive exterior and interior upgrades such as Enkei alloy wheels, red accented stitching on the seats, steering wheel, and shift knob, as well as a numbered plaque on the center console that labels which of the 1,600 it is. MSRP starts at $37,995.
The amount of power the Evo had makes it the classic definition of a ‘4-banger.’
In its debut year the Evo cranked 244 ponies out of a tiny two liter engine with a top speed of 142 mPH.
“I instantly fell in love with the Rally Red Evo because of its beauty. The car itself looks mean and aggressive, and the rally red just grabs attention,” said Raul Corona a Rally Red Evo X owner, “the car is capable of making some serious HP gains, and
I myself find joy in that because well, racecar.”
Saying goodbye to the Evo is no easy task but automakers from Mitsubishi give hope with the hint of a possible hybrid successor.
“Its an unfortunate thing for such an amazing car to be discontinued,” said Corona.