• Mar 4, 2011
Speculation surrounding the Mitsubishi Evolution has reached a fever pitch over the last few days. Has the Lancer Evolution reached the end of the line? Is Mitsubishi going to produce a new version that utilizes a hybrid powertrain? We don't have an answer, but we do know that fans of the Evo are scared. The object of their affection has potentially met its demise. In an effort to show how much the car would be missed, a group of Evo-lovers have banded together to show support for the car they so-admire.

The title reads "Mitsubishi, Keep the Evo Alive" and it's for an online petition to show the tri-diamond automaker how much its sports sedan will be missed. If you want to join in and show support, head over to the site and join the cause. If you prefer the dirt-drift action of a Subaru, then lean back in your chair, don't click anything and cackle wildly.

[Source: Causes.com]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Does anyone seriously care? If they did, they would have bought one.

      It is the best and only note worthy mitsu car long with the i-miev.
      The days of Tommi makinen, Ralliart and WRC are over. The successive EVO designs have gotten worse and the whole modifying and japanese import culture has started to wane....people are moving on and the company needs to adapt or die

      • 3 Years Ago

      Sadly the soul of the Mitsubishi Evolution died with the 'X' - this petition should read bring back the EVO 9 MR !
        • 3 Years Ago
        RX-VIII, it looks like.
        • 3 Years Ago

        For the record: I've driven The EVO VII, VIII, IX, X - & those last two on the track & street. The IX was the apex of purist performance for MItsu Evo's IMO and for an AWD car had remarkable on center feel and turn in was ultimately crisp and communicative through the steering wheel. The X may be a better 'touring' car for everyday living but it's defintely not faster or more enjoyable to drive on the road or circuit compared to previous models.
      • 3 Years Ago
      For those of you saying the Evo died with the release of the X... Are you freaking nuts? Have any of you driven one of these? It may look relatively plain, but it is one bad-ars car around a track and will turn faster times than an IX. I have the automated manual and love it... left foot braking and blipping off shifts with my fingers. Its a great car. I loved the IX, but love the X even more, so those of you saying the last real Evo was the IX are pretty much clueless.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If this car really disappears, mitsu can kiss the american market goodbye.
      We don't actually want anything else mitsubishi produces.

      • 3 Years Ago
      Please keep the Evo alive...and I'm not even a Mitsui fan.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Heres an idea to save the Evo, drop the price a few grand!
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you want to help the Evo "comunity" then go BUY an Evo... Mitsu wouldn't be killing a model if it was actually making money on it.

      But all this is totally overblown.

      The Evo WILL return at some future point in time when Mitsu, as a company, is strong enough to invest in a fairly low-volume (but highly visible) model. Its going to be the Nissan Z or Chevy Camaro all over again. Its going to go away for the time being, but give it a few years and the Evo will get a reboot and be back.
        • 3 Years Ago
        just like the rx7, supra and nsx... oh wait
        • 3 Years Ago
        @naggs
        RX7 had a successor in the RX8. The Supra died only about 8 years ago and the LF-A has replaced it as Toyota's halo sports car, and there's also the rumored FT-86. The NSX is still dead at this point, but that was only 5 years ago, and there's already rumors they are reviving it (although the last NSX concept they showed in 2009 didn't get that good a reception). The S2000 is also dead, as well as the MR2.

        The reality is these cars probably don't sell very well, which is why corporate doesn't see a reason to keep it. The companies that have kept their sport cars around have cars that continue to sell well (the 350Z and WRX comes to mind). And it seems in terms of "sporty" cars, sportier versions of FWD economy cars tend to sell a lot better nowadays compare to RWD or AWD sports cars that most enthusiasts preferred. It might also have to do with what others pointed out: you can get a BMW or Audi for the same price and nowadays most people do.

        And I agree with others that pointed out that the Evolution failed to be a successful "halo" car, since Mitsubishi sales are extremely low right now. That's why they are changing their strategy to match a new era. EVs and hybrids are the halo cars today, not sports cars. That's why GM is pushing the Volt, and why Toyota still rides on the image of the Prius.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Haha shows they finally decided to give up competing with the STI since they will never be able to compete.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've always been more of a Subaru guy, but the thought of the Evo going away saddens me.. Good competition drives advancement in this industry. The STi wouldn't be what it is today if it weren't the Evo.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I used to care about the evo...before they went from a bad ass looking IX to this homely design.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've got my IX MR se with somewhat low miles... Never thought i'd say this but i might just have a niche collectors car on my hands. ;)

      I agree that the EVO shouldn't die but if Mitsu needs to let it go for a couple years and get their damn house in order so be it. Bring it back after you go all EV around the rest of the world and make some money.. just don't fool yourselves into thinking you'll make any money in the US with an all EV line-up. That's only going to happen in Europe and Asia, where the roads are smaller as well as the people.

      A good place to start in the US would be to fire ALL of their current designers and get back to building cars that people want/like. The crap that the Galant, and Eclipse have turned into is downright criminal. It just seems like no one in corporate has cared one damn bit the last decade... and Its a shame.
      • 3 Years Ago
      -> I'm an Evo fan since the Evo III-Makkinen combo started to dominate WRC (and my favorite was either the Evo V and VI TME). Not just the Lancer most people know, but the Pajero Evo as well too.

      -> With the Evo's lifeline threatened, it should also apply on the Subies too. As these two companies almost work hand-in-hand beating each other up.
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