Our favorite high-performance sedan raises $76,400 for charity.
“This is the end, my only friend, the end…” This is what we thought first when we saw the news that Mitsubishi has auctioned the last Lancer Evolution Final Edition produced in North America. The new owner of the very last unit of our favorite high-performance sedan is paying $76,400 for it. The proceeds will benefit Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
This is the second auctioned Lancer Evo from the Final Edition run, as back in December the Japanese company sold the very first produced example for $46,200 to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This car is currently for sale at a dealer in Brooklyn, New York, with a price of $88,888.
The first and the last Evo from the Final Edition series have raised a total of $122,600 for charity.
“We're thrilled to see the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition US1600 car generate so much interest and command a top price,” Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Mitsubishi Motors North America, comments. “It's a fitting and deserving finality to the Evolution nameplate to go out with so much excitement and make an impact that is sure to last a very long time to drive out hunger.”
Earlier this year we had the chance to drive the Lancer Evolution Final Edition and compare it with the Subaru WRX STI for likely the last time.
This is really the end of the line for the Lancer Evolution. The Japanese manufacturer is shifting its focus towards plug-in hybrid SUVs, like the recently unveiled Grand Tourer concept, and high-performance and low-volume vehicles are not in the plans.
As much as it hurts, we have to admit it’s been one hell of a run for the Evo. The first generation of the car was launched in 1992, while the current tenth generation debuted in 2007. Over the years, the model has always used a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine, sending power to all four wheels, and delivering a lot of fun for drivers around the world.
Farewell, old friend!