What happens when you take a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, add 30 kW and 70 Nm of additional torque, lower it, improve its suspension and give it a meaner look? You get the Team Mitsubishi Ralliart (TMR) Bathurst Edition Lancer Evolution.
The original Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has long been one of the best ‘affordable’ sports cars thanks to its brilliant handling, great looks and street credibility.
Much like its main rival, the Subaru Impreza WRX STI, the EVOs are bought by car fans that adore motor-sports. By those that admire a car for its ability to conquer corners at ferocious speeds and do it with technical brilliance. It’s also bought by those that want to improve on the existing package.
The modification business comes in all forms and sizes from minor brake upgrades to new turbos, intercoolers, fuel pumps and much more. In the case of the TMR EVO X, it’s a complete repackaging of a brand new car, sold new with full warranty.
The idea is simple, if you’re buying a new EVO X you can let the dealer know and they will perform the ECU and performance part upgrades and give it back to you with a lot more oomph. If you already own one, it can be done just as easily (willing you’re able to part with your car for a few days).
The reason there are no photos of the actual test car in this review is because my evaluation vehicle looked nearly identical to a standard EVO X from the outside. The test car simply had the updated exhaust system and engine retune.
An extra 30 kW and 70 Nm of torque may not sound like a lot, but coupled with the EVO X’s SST dual-clutch sport transmission, it’s one hell of a ride.