Mitsubishi has sold nearly a quarter of a million Evo models since the badge’s launch in 1992, but reports suggest that run may soon come to an end - or at least go into hibernation.
According to Japanese paper Nikkon Jidosha Shimbun (NJS), the top brass at Mitsubishi have decided to put the current Evo X to pasture later this year. But what of a replacement?
And, with the next Lancer believed to be on hold (and possibly underpinned by a Renault platform), a new Evo could still be years away from showrooms.
We can also expect the next Evolution - if a replacement comes at all - to be a much greener proposition than its predecessors.
Reports have been circulating for some time on what we can expect from the next Evolution, including talk of a performance-oriented hybrid powertrain.
But according to NJS, even a hybrid system may not be enough to get an Evo XI into showrooms, with company brass concerned that a performance model of any sort will not fit with its environmental goals.
For now, fans may have to hit showrooms for a last-of-the-line Evo X - and hope for a successor to eventually appear.
(Or you could consider switching to the other side…)