TMR Bathurst Edition Lancer Evolution Announced, Backed By Mitsubishi Australia

Mike Stevens | Feb 3, 2010

UPDATE (3rd Feb): TMR Australia's Alan Heaphy runs us through the Bathurst Edition's finer points

IN HONOUR OF back-to-back victories in the Bathurst 12 Hour Showroom Enduro, TMR Australia has announced the 247kW TMR Bathurst Edition Lancer Evolution.

Developed in partnership with Mitsubishi Australia, the TMR Bathurst Edition is offered with Mitsubishi's standard 10 year powertrain warranty and five year new vehicle warranty.

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Delivering 247kW and 436Nm of torque - up from the regular model's 217kW and 366Nm - the TMR Bathurst Edition is the most powerful road-legal 'Evo X' to be offered in Australia. The Bathurst edition is available with either the standard 5-speed manual or the quick-shifting TC-SST twin-clutch automatic.

Available from any Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution specialist dealer, the TMR Bathurst Edition Evolution benefits from a number of TMR Australia tweaks, including an engine upgrade, TMR exhaust and TMR progressive rate springs package.

The upgrades themselves are mild, with the engine being mechanically identical with the regular Lancer Evolution's 4B11 motor. However, TMR Team Principal Alan Heaphy says the engine tune is a solid compromise between outright power, driveability and reliability.

"It's basically a re-map, a moderate one," Heaphy said in an interview with The Motor Report.

"However there's a fair bit of work involved to make it work properly and to preserve the 10/5 warranty."

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The outcome of TMR's revised engine program is a stout 247kW, but Heaphy believes the standard 4B11 engine is capable of up to 320kW before mechanical components such as fuel injectors need to be upgraded.

Buyers opting for the sophisticated twin-clutch gearbox won't need to worry about the extra power damaging the driveline either. Although most motorsport teams prefer the traditional H-pattern manual, Heaphy says the TC-SST transmission is rapidly proving itself as reliable in the heat of competition.

"We've given them a very extreme hard time on racetracks and in tarmac rallying and the only time we've had an issue is when we've had a 35-degree ambient temperature," Heaphy said.

"On those days the gearboxes just go into a limp mode after 5 or six laps of, say, Winton. The oil just gets too hot."

"A lot of guys use the [SST] for club days, trackdays and the like, and we've now got two into tarmac rallying. "

Last week, motoring journalist Dean Evans steering a TMR-built and SST-equipped 270kW Evo X to second place in the Showroom class of Targa Wrest Point, validating the gearbox's suitability for motorsport.

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Setting it apart from the pack on the aesthetic front and ensuring its special status doesn't go unnoticed on the road, the special 'Evo' scores powder-coated wheels with TMR centre caps, TMR Bathurst Edition badging at the rear and a TMR badge in the grille.

Inside, a build number identification badge affirms its place as a special edition model. Buyers of the TMR Bathurst Edition Evolution will also receive a Certificate of Authenticity.

Opting for the TMR Bathurst Edition Lancer Evolution will add another $8250 to the cost of a Lancer Evolution, bringing the base retail price to $68,440 for the manual and $74,440 for the twin-clutch.

The Bathurst Edition is available nationwide from all Lancer Evolution accredited dealers.

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  • Martyboy says,
    4 years ago
    Looks so much better than the current one...
    If Mitsu did something to make the rear of the sedan or hatch look a little bit sporty they would be selling loads more but from behind its one of the ugliest cars on the road.
    Performance is great but when it looks ugly the marketing department have no chance...this one looks better though.
  • Baddass says,
    4 years ago
    Martyboy, I can't understand why Mitsu don't place the dark lens tail lights from the VRX and Aspire into the Evo. It would make it look so much sportier. As for this car, I want this more than the equivalent hotted up Impreza, or V8 Supercar!
  • Steven A says,
    4 years ago
    The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo has always been the best cult car of all time, only its a real drivers car with blistering performance, unlike alot of the wanna be vehicles out there.
    Subaru have always been a step behind the pioneering Mitsubishi and well Impreza is dull and fugly. . . . and thats a fact that all Subaru owners will no doubt deny.
    I'd like to know what the official retail price is and what Im sure everyone wants to know is "how fast?".
  • Adrian says,
    4 years ago
    MY10 Evos have the Darkened Tail lights now. Most Evo owners have actually retrofitted them on earlier models anyway.

    Also can get better value for money from a regular Evo + Dyno Tune
  • Deane says,
    4 years ago
    Steven A, your opinion on a cars look is subjective, not factual, though I happen to agree with you in this case wink
  • Steven A says,
    4 years ago
    Thanks Deane......I think.......
    Cant wait to get my hands on this Lancer!.
  • Deane says,
    4 years ago
    Steven A, yeah sorry about the tone of that comment... think I've been terminally wounded by the ridiculous statemtements and flames that go on on another car blog I used to read where everyone shoves "facts" as they seem them down peoples throats, when all they really are is their own opinions smile

    Think I've gotta test drive me one of these Evos when I get a chance, was ready to buy a G6ET, which is a very different beast I know, but this is making me reconsider.

    I'm a little concerned at trying to fit my 6'3" frame into an Evo, and also a little concerned as to how it would go sitting on the freeway at 110 for hours on end, I do 3-4 Newcastle-Sydney commutes per week.

    Can't wait for a drive.
  • Steven A says,
    4 years ago
    No worries Deane,

    No need to apologise my friend, I understand your postion.

    Ive been driving Mitsubishi's for many years and my personal experience has been very positive indeed.

    I hope I can one day welcome you to the family.

    Ive never looked back......
  • Andrew says,
    4 years ago
    Adrian, that's an interesting point that a dyno tune can get more out of the car, I'm sure it would cost alot less than the $8k premium too. Although I would be concerned about voiding the warranty
  • Adrian says,
    4 years ago
    Dealers can't even tell there is a tune on the car, to them everything reads as stock. It's usually the other mods which gives it away (BOV, Exhaust, Boost Controller etc)

    Average Dyno tune is $1500-$2000
  • SamHam says,
    4 years ago
    this is sex on wheels...totally agree bout the Suburu comment - that designer should be shot in the head - FUGLIEST car ever created - the rexy and the liberty...forgot bout the tribeca too...wait...all of their cards are fugly except the outback.
  • Wheelnut says,
    4 years ago
    The looks and the popularity of not only the Evo-X but the Lancer shows how much of a mistake Subaru made in trying to lose the Imprezas "boy racer" image and appeal to a more refined/mature demographic.

    I would definitely have an Evo-X in my drive; as a replacement for MY02RS [which is the last decent looking Impreza]
  • Wheelnut says,
    4 years ago
    How can the Liberty be considered as Ugly but the Outback be okay - given that the Outback is derived from the Liberty?
  • Lindsay says,
    4 years ago
    Adrian: Are you suggesting that the standard computer in these things is user programmable, and not locked down like almost every other performance car?
  • Blytz says,
    4 years ago
    Lindsday, it's definitely not locked down, I've got mine tuned (to similar specs) for 2 grand without the exhaust being done either
  • Phill says,
    4 years ago
    How many are they building,could these be eligable for next years 12hr?The extra 30kw will be needed if there are blown coyote motors running around next year.
  • Blytz says,
    4 years ago
    They're making 100 only (build number included)

    They ran a slightly stronger version in the 12 hour this year (TMR 270kw edition - came 1st and 2nd)
  • Phill says,
    4 years ago
    Thanks Blytz,270kw 10kw more then the BMW's.I seen the first 12hr where the BMW were a match for the Evos,but last year they seemed to have dropped off the pace abit

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