The end of an era may be a cliché, but in this case, it’s appropriate. The Mitsubishi Lancer moniker has been around in one form or another since 1973, with over six million units sold. The Evo, short for evolution model, was originally designed for the Japanese domestic market (JDM), but the gray market for these hot racers told Mitsubishi that it could be successful in other countries. Ralliart dealers became the guardians of the first units, and the Evo finally arrived on U.S. shores in 2003, mainly to compete against Subaru’s WRX STi Impreza.
Since its arrival on U.S. shores as a legal immigrant, the Lancer Evo has had a variety of models, including the GSR, MR, and SE, all with different trim and options. However, as we have all learned, all good things must come to an end, and so it is for the Evo. The last one has been produced, and being the responsible corporate company that it is, Mitsubishi has decided to send this Final Edition (1,600 units were produced) to an eBay auction, to raise funds that will support Feeding America, Riverside, California, chapter, and the San Bernadino and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Between now and September 15, 2016, you can go to eBay and put in your bid for this last-of-its-kind four-door sports car.
We last drove the Evo MR in 2013, and still regard it as a really, really fun ride. The Super AWC feature made it a blast on the track as well as the street, and the 2.0-liter MiVEC turbocharged I4 that made 303 horsepower added to the fun-peg meter. If you’re interested in placing a bid, the starting price is $46,200. We’ll check back and see what it sells for at the end of the auction.