The Mitsubishi 380 sedan may have been dropped from the Australian line-up, however it isn’t leaving without a fight.
Mitsubishi has announced that it will produce a limited run of 20 TMR 380 sedans as a last-hurrah for the namesake.
First seen exclusively as a concept during the 2006 Sydney International Motor Show, any prospect of a production model was quickly denied, left as a still-born much like the rest of the range.
However a limited production run has been planned for completion by the end of June, with 20 donor 380 VRX’s heading to Alan Heaphy’s Team Mitsubishi Ralliart (TMR) workshop in outer Melbourne for the performance enhancements.
Already, 14 have been allocated for private collections, another three have been purchased for daily use with the remainder still available for sale at $56,990.
A little too late perhaps, the performance flagship may have instilled some much needed passion into the otherwise bland 380 line-up – competing directly with the TRD Aurion.
The production TMR 380 will remain true to the concept model with a few minor tweaks.
The 3.8-litre V6 engine features a Sprintex S3/335 supercharger kit running 6.5psi of boost pressure developing peak power of 230kW at 5250rpm and 442Nm at 4000rpm.
It will also retain the striking locally-produced polished ROH flare alloys wrapped in 225/40 ZR19 Yokohama Advan Sport rubber.
The brake kit consists of TMR six-piston calipers up front with four piston down back biting onto 370mm and 340mm vented rotors respectively.
Suspension upgrades include TMR-tuned Koni coil-overs and a front strut brace.
Heaphy has said the delayed arrival of the TMR 380 was due to issues related to acquiring the superchargers.