Pristine, time-traveling 2006 Mitsubishi Evo sells for $138K

Remember that never-sold 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution we told you about last week? The one with 9 miles on the odometer, its seats wrapped in plastic and never titled? And that had already earned a bid of $100,100 on eBay?

Well, that Evo has now sold for a hair under $138,000, Road and Track reports. That’s $100,000 over its original sticker price of $37,094.

The seller was South Coast Mitsubishi in Orange County, Calif., which one Reddit user claims has stockpiled multiple Evos and sold them off at a premium.

This high-fetching Evolution is an IX MR model in Graphite Gray with black trim, a six-speed manual, all-wheel-drive transmission. It’s optioned with the MR package that includes some aluminum and carbon-fiber bits and boost-gauge kit, plus the Zero Lift aero kit.

Under the hood is a 2.0-liter, 16-valve inline four-cylinder, 286 horsepower engine with 289 pound-feet of torque. It can do 0-to-60 in 4.4 seconds.

The car’s production run ended with the 2015 model year.

The car fielded a total of 80 bids, which started at $30,000.

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2017 Mitsubishi Model Year Preview and Updates

This ain’t your father’s Mitsubishi. And for those focused more on ‘economy’ than ‘Evo’, that’s probably a good thing. The Evolution is no more, Mitsubishi’s truck-tough Montero is no longer sold in the States, and the Mirage sedan and hatch serve as little more than price holders in a constricted lineup. With that, sales are up and Mitsubishi is working hard on a revamp of its entire lineup. The newest addition comes this fall in the form of a small crossover, the 2018 Eclipse Cross, pictured above.

MITSUBISHI i-MIEV: The least expensive EV available in the US market obtains an optional navigation package. The nav unit includes a seven-inch touch screen, Fuse hands-free link, USB port, rearview camera and steering wheel controls.

LANCER: The Lancer lives, albeit without the mojo intrinsic to the high-performance Evo, now discontinued. For ’17 a rear camera is standard on the small four door, along with new wheels and an optional Sun and Sound package.

MIRAGE: Mitsu’s entry-level hatch and sedan receive an aggressive refresh for 2017, with an enhanced exterior (new front fascia, hood, grille and wheels), a bump in horsepower and improved suspension. Also, two new colors are added: Wine Red and Sunrise Orange.

OUTLANDER SPORT: While awaiting an all-new Sport, Mitsubishi’s compact crossover adds automatic climate control, upgraded seat fabric and – as announced at this year’s Chicago Auto Show – a Limited Edition trim.

OUTLANDER: Mitsubishi’s large three-row crossover receives a new, entry-level All-Wheel Control 4WD system and enhanced technology.

2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport | Affordable outlier

The $10,000 new car, truck or SUV is long dead, and the $15,000 price point is nearly so. To purchase a new vehicle and enjoy everything buying “new” implies (warranty, reasonably new tech, a long life and affordable financing), you have to spend $20,000, probably more like $25,000. We’ll take a look at spending that $20K at a Mitsubishi store.

If you’ve forgotten Mitsubishi, don’t blame yourself. A generation ago, Mitsubishi’s American arm had a financial meltdown, precipitated by a consumer financing plan offering zero interest and zero payments for way-too-many-months. When it was time to make payments customers simply returned the cars, leaving Mitsubishi holding a very expensive inventory worth substantially less than what was owed. Later, of course, the economy had its own meltdown, from which most of America’s automotive industry rebounded. But Mitsubishi, with a sparse lineup and little marketing, is still working on that. A recent infusion of Nissan capital will help, as should Nissan’s managerial oversight.

Despite Mitsubishi’s aging lineup, the Outlander Sport stands out – Mitsubishi continued to build it while other manufacturers were belatedly awakening to the subcompact crossover segment. And while its platform is old and its menu of standard and optional equipment dated, if you’re on a tight budget you might find it attractive.

2017 Outlander Sport GTDimensionally, the Outlander Sport is a plus-size relative to Mazda’s CX-3 and Honda’s HR-V. For a detailed comparison of all three entries, visit Autoblog’s comparison tool here. The CX-3 boasts the shortest wheelbase (101.2 inches), while the Honda sits at 102.8 inches and the compact Outlander Sport stretches to 105.1. In overall length the Mitsu is close to both the CX-3 (168 inches for the Mazda, 171.5 for the Outlander Sport and 169.1 inches for the HR-V). Finally, the Outlander Sport’s 3,000-pound weight is within a belt notch of the Mazda’s 2,900 and the Honda’s 2,900 (front-wheel drive/manual).

The Mitsubishi sheetmetal and stance is reminiscent of Audi’s Q5, and while the similarity is coincidental, it’s fun to have an upmarket look in a $20,000 car.

Of course, once the Outlander Sport is turned on, that upmarket vibe is gone. For your $20K you’ll get a 2.0-liter engine offering 148 horsepower, just north of Mazda’s 146 and Honda’ s 141. Having to propel just 3,000 pounds through its standard 5-speed manual (no stick shift is offered in the CX-3), responsiveness is adequate, while efficiency – 23 city/29 highway/25 combined – isn’t what you’d hope from its small footprint.

Inside, spacious room for four gets compromised – like most in the segment – as soon as you add a fifth. But its wheelbase, width and greenhouse avoid the claustrophobia of the CX-3 or other subcompacts such as the Chevy Trax. Its plastics are what you’d expect for $20K, but the ride – supported by an all-independent suspension – is comfortable, and handling is reasonably composed.

And you simply can’t deny its accessibility. Mitsubishi’s website suggests a purchase of a base Outlander Sport, with 10 percent down plus taxes, title and license fees, would require less than $260/month for 72 months. We’d work to keep that payment schedule under 60 months, but your financial exposure on 72-month financing shouldn’t be any worse than on a 36-month lease. Know that a 5-year/60,000 mile warranty is there to support you, along with 10-year, 100,000-mile coverage on the powertrain. But disappointing resale values will work against establishing real equity until it’s paid off, and a sparsely populated dealer network complicates getting regularly scheduled maintenance.

At this price, the Outlander Sport offers a lot to like, little to love. But if you’re looking for love at $20,000, you’re looking for love in all the wrong places.

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