A New Classic - The Lancer EVO Joins the Eclipse in Retirement
The Lancer Evolution, or Evo, has been blazing a trail through the auto market for more than 40 years. Originally making a name for itself in the competitive car rally scene of the 1970s, the Lancer is a series that has always been built with performance at its core.
The Twilight of the Eclipse
The Mitsubishi Eclipse was a sport compact produced from 1989 to 2011. First appearing as a lightweight, affordable alternative to the 3000GT, the Eclipse was a direct successor to the Mitsubishi Starion of the 1980s. The Eclipse originally featured a 2.0-liter, 16-valve, 135-hp engine at the base level with available turbocharger to reach 190-hp. This made it a popular choice for racing enthusiasts up until its retirement in 2011. That left the Lancer left to uphold the sports legend of the Mitsubishi brand.
The Evolution of the Lancer
The Lancer debuted in 1973 as an economy car that was, on the surface, nothing to write home about. The excitement came in the form of a 169-hp GRS coupe built for competing in car rallies. This version was so well-designed that Andrew Cowan would pilot it to win five straight tournaments! It was clear that a star had been born.
Fast forward to 1993 and we see the Lancer Evolution roar onto the scene with its 244-hp engine. Built to be tricked out, the first generation Evo was produced in a lightweight version called the RS that came ready to be tuned for competition. There have been a grand total of ten versions of the Evolution produced over the years, each denoted by a roman numeral. More than 30 years in the making, the final generation Lancer Evolution X hit the market in 2008.
Now with the Evo on the brink of retirement itself with no clear successor, the exciting question becomes: what is Mitsubishi planning next? One thing is for sure; this is the last year for the Evo. That means it’s your last chance to get one at Pete Moore Mitsubishi and own a piece of history before they’re gone for good!