We here at Pantili Mitsubishi are sad to see the Lancer Evolution go. This iconic model has an excellent history on and off the track, providing thrills to any adrenaline junkies who love to drive. Believe it or not, the last Lancer Evolution ever made was auctioned off for charity, providing die-hard fans with one last chance to get their hands on this model.
According to CNET, the last Lancer Evolution ever built went up for auction on eBay, with proceeds going to Feeding America and the Second Harvest Food Bank. Under the hood of this model was a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with a five-speed transmission. The Evolution gets up to 303 horsepower and 305 lb-ft of torque, and it also has special tuning for off-road environments.
The exterior of this model is truly stunning, with Final Edition badging to show that this is the last of its kind. Black exterior accents highlight the contours of this model, while red interior accents provide the driver with an especially sporty feel.
How much did it earn? The last Lancer Evolution ever built sold for $76,400. Fans were especially eager to get their hands on this model, and the winner couldn’t be more pleased that the proceeds were going to a deserving cause.
Mitsubishi EVO vs. Subaru Impreza WRX STI is one of those never-ending rivalries in the world of automotive enthusiasts, and ultimately the one best-suited to you will come down to personal preference. But we can come up with at least three reasons why we think the Mitsubishi EVO has the upper hand.
1 – The Handling
The EVO feels sharper and more grounded than the STI while still being light. The chassis is more responsive, in large part thanks to advanced Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) that combines an active center diff with active yaw control, active stability control, and a sport ABS system. It helps create the best possible traction in all scenarios and helps make you feel more confident as a driver.
2 – The Sound
The EVO lets out a smooth, low grumble when you step on the gas. By comparison, the STI sounds like it’s rapidly misfiring or clearing its throat. Even with the stock exhaust, the EVO’s sound make you feel like you’re driving a massively fast car. With the STI, you almost have to get an aftermarket exhaust to get a satisfying sound out of it, but then you’ll annoy the whole neighborhood.
3 – The Looks
We just love how the EVO looks on our lot at Pantili Mitsubishi. It conveys a sense of power without overdoing it and features two more practical vents on the hood than the STI, which are more streamlined and less obstructive of the driver’s view. It also has functional fender vents that not only help cool the brakes and release the air normally trapped in the wheel but also make the EVO look more like a rally car.
If all that’s not enough for you, though, just check out what Jeremy Clarkson has to say about these two cars!
When we learned the current Mitsubishi Lancer Evo would be the last of its kind, we were understandably bummed. One of the most iconic high-performance sports cars in a generation—gone. But recent developments have somewhat changed our outlook on the situation.
First, Mitsubishi executive Don Swearingen told us we would get a special “going away edition” Lancer Evo X in June or July—a GSR five-speed with “more horsepower, some suspension tuning, and more bits [and] pieces that are being finalized.”
That was enough to mute our disappointment, but now we’ve just learned that the upcoming Lancer Evo X Final Edition would be quite a lot more impressive than we’d originally thought. We expected small tweaks, but a newly-revealed Lancer Evo X Final Edition Concept at the Tokyo Auto Show has uncovered so much more.
The special edition gets a new HKS turbo, larger intakes and intercoolers, an upgraded cooling system and exhaust, adjustable HKS suspension, and 19-inch Rays forged wheels. More than just simple “bits and pieces.” Its horsepower output from the 2.0-liter engine has exploded from 290 to 473!
We were sad to learn there would be no more Lancer Evos, but now we can’t wait for the final Evo X to arrive at Pantili Mitsubishi this summer!