As car makers become ever more environmentally focused and car segments increasingly diversify, there are certain types of car that can unfortunately no longer exist comfortably in the present world, but will hopefully live a prosperous second life as a classic. Let’s take the Mitsubishi Evo as an example.
Ignore whether the current Evo X is the best Evo for a second and just think what a car like this stands for. It’s a highly tuned, highly specialised, high performance saloon popularised by (and indeed only in existence as a road car because of) the likes of Richard Burns and Tommi Mäkinen during one of the World Rally Championship’s more memorable eras.
While us enthusiasts may love it (it is really rather blooming brilliant after all, enough to fill several blogs with), Mitsubishi is struggling to justify its future existence. You see, Mitsubishi is keen to start making lots of electric cars and hybrids, and the Evo – with its horrendous fuel economy and CO2 emissions – will be the most high profile casualty of this, probably switching to a diesel-electric hybrid drivetrain for the Evo XI. Hmm.