Posted Monday, May 17, 2021 at 10:15pm

Opinion: it’s time for Japanese super-saloons to return

Any car geek nudging around their mid-thirties has likely shed a number of tears now. Mitsubishi is leaving the UK, and while we won’t miss the Mirage all that much, it’s yet another reminder that the halcyon days of Lancer Evolutions trading blows with Impreza Turbos are gone for good. Its former rally-stage nemesis Subaru soldiers on in Great Britain, but sells only SUVs and sells them on safety.
Yet both marques – and namely their biggest icons – have become a headline act of the modern classic auction scene. Mitsubishi UK just sold off its now redundant heritage collection, the low-mileage Evo VI Tommi Makinen Edition you’ll have seen on this very website fetching £100,100. You need similar money to acquire the peak of fast Imprezas, the 22B.