This is the end of the line for the rally-bred model.
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution’s slow march towards retirement will soon be officially over because Mitsubishi Motors North America will auction the very last Final Edition model on eBay between September 8 and 15. The proceeds from the sale will benefit the charities Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. It'll also mean an end of the Japanese brand's legacy of performance models in the United States for the foreseeable future.
This is the last of the 1,600-unit production run of the Lancer Evolution Final Edition. It comes with New Diamond White Pearl with black trim for the aluminum roof, hood air outlet and center portion of the bumper. There’s also dark chrome in the front grille surround, which matches the finish on the wheels. The interior has a plaque that shows this is Final Edition number 1,600. There’s also red stitching around the cabin.
The Final Edition produces 303 horsepower (226 kilowatts) and 305 pound-feet (413 Newton-meters) of torque from its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, and they come with a five-speed manual and special suspension tuning with Bilstein shocks and Eibach springs. The models also use two-piece front brake rotors from Brembo. If you want to get an idea of how this last batch of cars drive, Motor1 got behind the wheel of one and a Subaru WRX STI for a video earlier this year.
Mitsubishi first announced the Final Edition last year, and it auctioned the first one to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The car raised $46,200 for charity. A dealer in Brooklyn, New York, currently has it for sale for $88,888.
So far, there's no indication of Mitsubishi creating another generation of Lancer Evo, or any other performance car for that matter. Company boss Osamu Masuko indicated in 2015 that the Evolution moniker could return, but it would be on a hot crossover likely with a hybrid.
Gallery: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition Number 1600 Auction
NUMBER 1600: THE FINAL MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION TO BE AUCTIONED OFF ON EBAY WITH PROCEEDS GOING TO CHARITY
This is the vocabulary used to describe the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution over the past decade. Arguably the originator of the four-door sports car genre, the Lancer Evolution is applauded worldwide for its combination of power, agility and Super All-Wheel Control. And now, you can be the owner of the very last Evo produced.
Mitsubishi will be auctioning the last Lancer Evolution Final Edition…the US1600 car. To make things even better, all proceeds from the auction will go to Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
The auction will take place on eBay beginning at 9 a.m. PT Thursday, September 8 and concludes Thursday, September 15 at 9:00 a.m. PT. The auction corresponds with national Hunger Action Month™, when Feeding America and member food banks ask everyone in America to take action and fight hunger in their community, all September long.
The beloved and highly revered Mitsubishi Evo is going out in style with the Final Edition model, which features a pulse-pounding turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder 2.0L engine with 303 horsepower, making the Final Edition the most powerful mass-produced Evolution ever built. The car is available with a 5-speed transmission and special suspension tuning.
More information on this car:
Turbocharged and intercooled 2.0-liter MIVEC DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder
303 horsepower and 305 lb-ft torque
Bilstein® shock absorbers and Eibach® springs
Brembo® 2-piece front rotors
Final Edition Badge
Black painted aluminum roof
Gloss black center bumper and hood air outlet
Dark chrome painted Enkei® alloy wheels
Dark chrome front grille surround
Auto on/off bi-xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with leveling control
Color: New Diamond White Pearl
Black pillars, sun visors, assist handles and headliner
Gloss black center console box with production serial number plaque US1600
Red stitch accents on sports seats, steering wheel, shift knob, console lid, floormats, and e-brake handle
Final Edition animation on meter display