The Lancer Evolution bids farewell while feeding the hungry

The very last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution produced in North America was auctioned for $76,000, the Japanese automaker revealed today. The car in question is a Final Edition version, which was launched for the 2015 model year with unique badging, a limited color palette, and a numbered plaque for each of the 1,600 examples. The proceeds from the auction will benefit Feeding America Riverside/San Bernardino and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, both of which are part of Feeding America, a non-profit, hunger-relief and food-rescue organization.

This was the second Lancer Evolution Final Edition auction for charity, with the previous one being the first example of the 1,600-unit production. The No. 1 car was used to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and was sold off for $46,200. Together, the two performance sedans have raised a total of $122,600 for charity.

Introduced in 1992, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has been discontinued in 2016 after 10 generations. The latest model featured a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 303 horsepower and 305 pound-feet of torque. The cars came equipped with all-wheel-drive, Bilstein and Eibach suspension components, and Brembo brakes.

Although there have been rumors of a successor in recent years, Mitsubishi said that the nameplate will not return anytime soon. However, the Japanese brand did say that it is exploring the possibilities of high-performance models that incorporate electric motors. Most likely, Mitsubishi’s next performance sedan will be a hybrid.

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Why it matters

While it’s definitely sad to see the Lancer Evolution retire for good, at least two of the Final Edition cars were sold for a good cause. Granted, $76,000 don’t sound like much compared to what other vehicles fetch at auctions, but Second Harvest Food Bank estimates that the last Lancer Evolution will provide nearly 230,000 meals for those in need. It’s a fitting and deserving end for the Lancer Evolution nameplate, which goes into the history books with numerous achievements to its name.

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Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA), today announced the end of a national auction of the very last Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition produced in North America with the winning bid of $76,400. The proceeds from the auction will benefit Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, both of which fall under the Feeding America umbrella.

This is the second Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition to be auctioned for charity. Last December, Mitsubishi auctioned the very first Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition, 1 of 1,600 produced, to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The winning bid for that vehicle was $46,200. Together, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Editions US0001 and US1600 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," said Don Swearingen, executive vice president and chief operating officer, MMNA. "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."

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.

"Mitsubishi Motors’ generous contribution will provide nearly 230,000 meals for those who look to us for help every day," said Nicole Suydam, Second Harvest Food Bank CEO. "We are so grateful for this partnership in helping to end hunger in our community."

"Feeding America Riverside|San Bernardino is absolutely thrilled with the success of the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition US1600 eBay Car Auction," said Bill Carnegie, Chief Executive Officer of Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino. "Thousands of hungry men, women and children will benefit from Mitsubishi’s commitment to the people in our community and the funds will help drive out hunger in our local communities this holiday season."

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution is revered by ’gear heads’ around the world and is arguably the originator of the four-door sports car genre. The Final Edition model features a 5-speed transmission paired with a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder 2.0L engine, making the Final Edition the most powerful mass-produced Evolution ever built with 303 horsepower. The Final Edition is based off the current GSR model and features lightweight two-piece Brembo® brake rotors up front, accompanied by Bilstein shock absorbers and Eibach springs at all four corners and Mitsubishi’s innovative and unmatched Super All-Wheel Control system. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Final Edition includes a black painted aluminum roof, rear spoiler, red seat stitching and Final Edition Badging.

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