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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
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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
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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!
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