For sports car enthusiasts who also enjoy having technology at their fingertips, the Mitsubishi 3000GT is the car to consider. Crammed with everything electronic, Mitsubishi 3000GT (also called Mitsubishi GTO) entered a sports car revolution in the early 1990s ready for admiration. It had a 24-valve V6 DOHC and twin turbochargers under the hood, limited-slip differential, four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering, electronically adjustable suspension, spoilers front and rear coordinated to extend or retract at 50 mph and 30 mph, respectively. With 300 hp, this sports car was one of the fastest on the market.
Mitsubishi Motors had the 3000GT assembled at Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. Production ran from 1990 through 2001 and included the identical Dodge Stealth from 1991 to 1996. It fit into the class of a sports car" and "Grand tourer" vehicle as a 2-door coupe. From 1995-96 Mitsubishi offered a 2-door convertible. The engine was a transverse front-engine, front-four wheel drive layout. Power came from the 6G72 3.0 L V6, SOHC 12v, DOHC 24v or DOHC 24v twin-turbo engines. 3000GT transmissions included 4-speed automatic, 5-speed manual and 6-speed manual. The 6-speed was available from 1994 to 2001 model years. Curb weight is a manageable 3,100 to 3,800 pounds.
From 1991 through 1999, Mitsubishi 3000Gt came in three trim styles: base, SL and VR-4. Mitsubishi aimed to include luxury gadgets and technology in their new models. Performance was enhanced with four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering, aerodynamic design additions, ECS electronically controlled suspension, the automatically adjusting front and rear spoilers and sport/tour exhaust modes. Additional improvements later included the 6th gear, upgraded brakes, and higher horsepower. Pop-up headlights made the Mitsubishi 3000Gt visually sleek. In 1995 the 3000GT Spyder 4-seat convertible was designed with a power-retractable hardtop that could complete action in 19 seconds.
The 3000GT was powered by a 222-hp, 3.0 L V6 engine with 4 or 5-speed automatic transmission. In 1997 design changes included the addition of a rear spoiler and a change in the base model to a SOHC 12v V6 engine providing only 161 hp. A sunroof was added in 1998 to the the SL and VR-4. Exterior changes in second generation 3000GT models (1994-1996) included revisions to the bumpers, new projector fog lights, projector beam headlights and a fresh interior with new auto dual air bags and comfortable seating. Tires and wheels were larger and in silver or chrome.
In 1997 the SOHC engine was added to Mitsubishi 3000GT base models, along with some exterior revisions made to distinguish the 1999 VR-4 models from previous year models. These included modification to the front bumper, headlamps, turn signals and sail panels. A large wing was also added. Peak power ranged across Mitsubishi 3000GT models from 160 hp at 55 rpm, to 319 hp at 6000 rpm.
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