The Lancer Evolution 6 Tommi Makinen also known as the TME, or Evo 6.5 is considered by many to be the best Lancer Evolution Mitsubishi ever produced and said by some to be one of the most hard core production cars ever built.
See Pistonheads review on the TME from 2014.
Figures quoted state 2,500 examples were made from 2000-2001, of which some were LHD examples and some were RS models, which would mostly have been used for competition. As with many icons, these were forgotten for some years and went out of fashion for a while, often getting into the wrong hands, where they were mercilessly tracked, heavily modified, raced, or more often abused, crashed and broken for parts.
Very few truly pristine rust-free examples like this one exist today, but that makes the best examples all the more certain to become valuable collectors cars as time continues to pass year after year.
This particular example was sourced to order specifically for a customer, who requested we find the very best we could - and so we did just that. It would be hard to better the quality of this example, nowadays.
Unique model features: Despite Mitsubishi having made examples all the way to version X before production stopped, few will dispute that the Tommi Makkinen offered the best driving experience of all Lancer Evo's built.
Improvements over the previous Evo 6 included a high response titanium and aluminium alloy bladed turbo with a smaller diameter compressor wheel to boost quicker and be able to spin faster for higher boost.
A quicker steering rack (Same as fitted to RS models) provided improved steering response.
Tommi Makinen embossed seats with matching red-stitched Momo steering wheel, gear lever gaiter and leather gear knob in combination with unique black faced gauges with red numbering and calibrations were fitted.
White Enkei Racing Forged Alloy 17" wheels were also fitted - of the same design used in Group A WRC racing.
The front bumper was of a new design, specially shaped through wind tunnel testing in an effort to improve coefficient of friction. The lower cross member was also replaced with an alloy item for strength and light weight.
Standard & original option equipment includes: PAS, Dual SRS Airbags, Momo steering wheel, 4 channel ABS, Brembo brakes, Engine oil cooler (located behind the o/s/f biumper corner), Permanent 4WD system with Anti-Yaw, Water jets to intercooler, Rear Wiper, Central Locking, Electric mirrors with retract mode, Signature T. Makinen Recaros, etc. Original optional extras include fitted mats and Rallyart alloy sports pedal set (incl. foot rest).
Wheels are original Enkei 17" items with 225/45ZR17 sports tyres. Note the condition of wheels and calipers. No corrosion at all; which is an indication of the care and attention this car's had during it's lifetime by one (mature) Japanese owner in Nagoya. Note also, this car comes with the rare option of a glass (electric) sunroof. Only around 10% of TME's were manufactured with this, since it was an expensive option.
Spec. is completely original. These cars came without a hifi as standard in Japan when new and so most people would opt to fit better quality than expensive & indifferent quality dealer options at the time. This car is fitted with Carrozzeria / Pioneer high powered speakers at each corner and a JVC head unit (CD/Radio) of 200W. This is of standard 2-DIN size, which can easily be replaced with a modern UK head unit if desired (We'd recommend a modern Apple Car Play compatible unit, since this would allow for use of a smart phone, but also includes modern features such as voice activated music selection as well as hands free phone use and more. A Rallyart alloy shift knob is fitted, though for originality, we've ordered a new leather replacement with red stitch, to match the original (unmarked) steering wheel. Externally the car's spec is all original, although the previous owner fitted black wheel nuts in place of the original chromed domed pieces. We have obtained a set of original nuts to be supplied on the car. Finally, we noted the "Lancer" rear badge was deleted by the previous owner. For originality, we'll be supplying a new replacement from Mitsubishi also.
Test Drive: We drove this car in all approx 50 km. The Evo 6 TME's we source always pull noticably stronger than other lower mileage Evo 6's we've sourced before. This example's no exception, pulling strongly all the way to the redline with a tight feel. Handling is also spot-on: Confidence inspiring and capable of providing indecently quick progress on real-life roads. Brakes work strongly with no drama at all. In fact, this example drives much like a new and tight example with no faults noticed at all. It's clear to us from it's condition and full service history that this car's been very well cared for all of its life. Note that the timing belt is recorded as having been replaced at 72,860km.
Condition report: Interior is in excellent condition and the single owner was a non-smoker. The lack of wear to seats indicates the driver was of light weight and a non-smoker. The ashtray & cigar lighter have never been used, not even once! The driver's seat has no visible wear, creasing or marks and the passenger seat is the same. These TME's usually have some UV fading to markings on the seats, but these are still fresh, which indicates to us this TME has been garaged when not in use (exterior condition confirms this too) throughout its life. The original steering wheel is in good condition, though a bit shiny, so we will be having it re-finished to as new condition, as part of our usual attention to detail with collector's grade cars such as this. There's some normal wear on the floor mats (no holes at all - though we can obtain new "Prodrive" fitted floor mats at a good price if desired). As usual with these, on the door panels the alcantara inserts had started to bubble & come unstuck (which is common if not always a case with these cars) from the PVC plastic panels. We had these re-trimmed in new alcantara to better than original quality for the new owner.
Note also the relative lack of corrosion on the exhaust heat shield (where water would usually drain onto, through the bonnet vents if parked outside). We left it like this for pictures, but will be taking this off & sanding smooth before application of a fresh coat of heat resistant matt black paint, before re-fitting with new bolts from Mitsubishi. The underside of the car is also in excellent rust free condition. Compare with a car that's been in the UK a number of years, or even since new and the contrast will be stark.
The exterior is in stunning condition and shows signs of having been professionally cared for, or by a very knowledgeable owner. There's a complete lack of the usual pin dents - sides are pin straight. We noted some small scratches on the rear bumper and rear spoiler as shown in pictures. These are currently in a queue with our bodyshop to be repainted, but have been declared & shown in order to provide a complete report. There's one small touch-up mark we noticed on the front bumper, although this is too small to require repair. Essentially the bodywork throughout is amazing for a car that's now 18 years old. The lack of stone chips to the sides and front also indicate this car was rarely driven fast. Discs also have low wear which confirm same.
The wheels had a couple of small scratches on, which were touched-in and we noted the tyres are about 30% worn only. Most notable is that the paint is original on these rims and still completely corrosion free. Very unusual - compared to most Evos these days. In summary condition throughout is much like that of a 2-3 year old car. An amazing example in every way.
Now a collectors piece, provided it's maintained as well as it has been over the last 18 years this unique TME is amongst the very the best of examples remaining- so it'll continue to rise in value to be an excellent investment for it's new owner. Just look at where Lancia Delta Integrale Evolution prices have gone over the last few years and where they're headed. The TME is the better car in the majority of aspects - faster, more capable, greater fun to drive, reliable, easier to find parts for, etc. - In essence, we can expect TME prices to be up where Delta Integrate Evo prices are now and beyond, within the next couple of years.
Total OTR price: £24,795 inclusive of 12 month's comprehensive warranty, full UK registration & valeting before collection.
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