Mitsubishi’s legendary Lancer Evolution has now bowed out of the market for good, as the very last example to be built was just sold in a charity auction.
Recall, Mitsubishi built a run of 1,600 “Final Edition” models to celebrate the Evo’s ten-generation run.
The first of these was sold in December 2015 also via a charity auction, with the winning bid coming in at $46,200. A dealer has since offered the car for $88,888.
Car number 1,600 was put up for auction on eBay Motors earlier this month and on Thursday the final bid came in at $76,400. All proceeds from the latest go towards the charities Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition
The listed price for the Lancer Evolution Final Edition is $37,995, including an $810 destination charge.
The car is based on the Lancer Evolution's GSR trim level, which means it comes with a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. A number of premium features from the MR trim are added and output from the familiar turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 is increased to 303 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque, up from the usual 291 hp and 300 lb-ft.
It seems most Motor Authority readers are saddened by Mitsubishi’s decision to end production of the car. From our recent poll asking whether you’ll mourn the loss of the car, 53 percent of your said, “Yes, I’m crushed.”
The good news is that Mitsubishi hasn’t retired the actual Evo nameplate. However, the automaker has stated in the past that any new Evo will be very different to past generations of the rally-bred car, with many suggesting it will be a plug-in hybrid SUV based on the next-generation Outlander Sport.