I guess there's some appeal to these limited run versions that both Subaru and Mitsubishi are so fond of producing, but really I think it's just to score a few more headlines during the model run. For the money, you can do so much better in the aftermarket.
A coworker just picked up an Evo MR edition and I'll tell you that thing can reach some scarey speeds awful quick!! But is the huge wing, black wheels, fancy seats, six speed gearbox and aluminum roof really worth another $5k over the Evo VIII version?
Especially when you can get the Evo RS version for $2k LESS than Evo VII (thats $7k less than MR edition) and it does have the al roof and no wing.
I much prefer when manufacturers offer stripped down versions of their cars (like Carrera RS America) at lower prices, than the pre-pimped out versions for outrageous prices (911 GT3)
Yea, right.. So wonderful that the MR is 20lbs heavier than the regular EVO, and the RS is only about 65lbs lighter (after deleting several other useless components, like power windows, fog lights, center console, a stereo, ABS, keyless entry, etc). Yay for aluminum roofs.