Tony O'Kane | Jul 11, 2014

Mitsubishi has conceded that there will be no replacement for the Lancer Evolution, making this generation - the tenth - the last four-wheel drive turbocharged petrol sports sedan to wear the Mitsubishi badge.

But it will remain available for at least the next year in the USA Mitsubishi North America committed to selling the MY15 Lancer Evo.

Closer to home, Mitsubishi Australia says that it will continue to offer the Evo until production ceases - though the precise end-date for Lancer Evolution production has yet to be formally announced.

It's no doubt sad news for fans of the Lancer Evolution, which first appeared in 1992 and notched up several wins in the World Rally Championship during the mid to late 1990s.

But while the Lancer Evolution in its current form is not long for this world, Mitsubishi said in a statement that it could conceivably be replaced by an electric (or perhaps hybrid) model.

"Mitsubishi Motors does not have any plans to design a successor with the current concept such as a high-performance four-wheel-drive gasoline-powered sedan," the company said.

"Mitsubishi Motors will explore the possibilities of high-performance models that incorporate electric vehicle technology."

"Moving forward, the technology honed in the Lancer evolution model will continue to be advanced and proactively incorporated into future models."

Would an electrically-driven Evolution be just as fast as its petrol predecessors? Cars like the Tesla Roadster prove that the technology is certainly capable of tremendous speed and acceleration, but is it going to be as exciting to drive?

We'll have to wait and see.

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