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Mitsubishi GTO - 3000GT - Review


Three Flavours, One Car 



More commonly known as the 3000GT, the Mitsubishi GTO (as it is known in its native land Japan) was built between 1990 and 2001. It was also sold by Chrysler in North America as a Dodge Stealth from the 1991 to 1996 model years, mechanically the two cars were identical. The Mitsubishi GTO or Mitsubishi 3000GT and the Dodge Stealth design was the result of a collaborative effort between Chrysler and Mitsubishi Motors. The GTO name originated from the Ferrari GTO, which means Gran Turismo Omologato. The GTO name was changed outside Japan in order not to conflict with the publics affection with the GTO name which was synonymous with the Pontiac GTO and the Ferrari 250 GTO

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Future Active Aerodynamics.


The GTO was Mitsubishis flagship model and first appeared at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show. Developed as a technological showcase to compete with the Honda NSX, Mazda RX-7, Nissan 300ZX, and Toyota Supra. Now common on some modern day sports models and supercars, the GTO included active aerodynamics including automatically adjusting front and rear spoilers. Another more modern feature was the active sport/tour exhaust modes and electronically controlled suspension (ECS). The Active Aerodynamics were not available on the Dodge Stealth however. The GTO also benefited from immense grip from its permanent 4 wheel-drive and like the Nissan Skyline GT-R also incorporated four-wheel steering.


The Stag is Revived.


The Second generation 3000GT, GTO and Stealth models (1994-96) donned a new front bumper to accommodate projector beam headlights and small fog lights. The caps on the hood were replaced with integrated blisters, and the side air vents and rear bumpers were modified. The interior was redesigned with dual air bags, a new audio system. More importantly the engines in the twin-turbo models received a slight boost in torque from 307 lb·ft (416 N·m) to 315 lb·ft (427 N·m). The VR-4 now included a six-speed Getrag manual transmission and in 1995 introduced larger 17 and 18” wheels for the more expensive although the Mitsubishi gained 400 lb (180 kg) of speed reducing fat. Unfortunately what made the GTO stand out from the crowd were stripped from the model. The active exhaust was phased out after 1994, then the ECS and then the active aerodynamics. These losses of largely unused modernities did however aid in weight saving. Chrysler ceased sales of the Dodge Stealth captive although Mitsubishi-badged versions were available.


Summary


Positive  Powerful luxury cruiser with a modern twist.

Negatives  Complicated electrics, styling not for everyone.


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