Tell people you own a Mitsubishi Lancer and you aren’t likely to encounter many looks of jealousy.
The Lancer, after all, is a standard economy-minded family sedan that doesn’t offer much in the way of panache or excitement. It’s a good car that’ll transport you and your closest friends or family members to the places you need to go.
The base trim offers a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes 148 hp and uses a 5-speed manual transmission to deliver a respectable 25 miles per gallon in the city and 34 on the highway.
The Lancer is as practical as practical transportation gets.
The Lancer Evolution, though, is a completely different beast.
And it’s taking a final bow.
Had I been the guy in charge of marketing at Mitsubishi, I would have removed the “Lancer” part from the Lancer Evolution’s name. Why make the association with a plebeian family car when you want to sell one of the hottest, fastest sedans on the market? It doesn’t make sense.
Regardless, the Evo, as it’s known in countless fan groups, has amassed a cult-like following and delivers exhilarating driving excitement.
The Evo is a casualty of Mitsubishi’s decision to reprioritize the way it does business. Rather than building screaming-fast race-ready sedans, the company wants to focus on electrification and fuel economy. That’s a respectable decision, but it leaves the Evo with nowhere to go.
The Final Edition Evolution is a car no fan will want to pass up. Autoweek says,
Power is provided by a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four spitting out 303 hp and 305 lb-ft of torque (up from 283 and 300, respectively). A five-speed manual gearbox still delivers the power to the all-wheel-drive system.
Final Edition Evos will also come with Brembo brakes, suspension upgrades, special colors, Final Edition badging, and matching interior stitching on the seats, steering wheel, floor mats, and e-brake handle.
Only 1,600 Final Edition Evos will be available, and each will come with an MSRP of about $38,000. Look for one at your local Mitsubishi dealer this November, or spend the rest of your days trying to find one on the used listings.
If we’ve learned anything about the auto industry, though, it’s that automakers don’t like to let valuable names sit idle. Could the Evolution return in coming years as an electrified version of its old self?
Let’s hope so!
Will you miss the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution?