Why the 3000GT is Still Amazing

By Mark Frost | Posted in Mitsubishi Dealership on Monday, August 4th, 2014 at 10:34 am
Mitsubishi Dealership - The Amazing 3000GT

The 3000GT is one of a handful of notable cars from the 1990’s that is becoming iconic, so iconic that many are calling for its revival.

While this is a surprise to no one here at Miami Lakes Mitsubishi Dealership, we’re happy to diagram it out for anyone who has ever snapped their head around to watch a twin-turbo 3000GT pass by.

The 3000GT brand had a depth to it that most models never achieve. It went by different names in different parts of the world. Each variation had it’s unique subtleties, however, they were all winners. 

  • The Mitsubishi GTO was originally released in Japan in the early 1990s to compete with cars that represented a change in the industry: the Honda NSX, Mazda RX-7, Nissan 300ZX, all the way down to the Toyota Supra.
  • The GTO was rebadged as the 3000GT by the time it came to North America. The Japanese automaker opted for the name change in western markets to avoid comparison to the Italian Ferrari 250 GTO and the American Pontiac GTO.
  • Mitsubishi GTO twin turbo(AKA GTO MR) and the 3000GT VR-4 were available in multiple markets with a now-infamous DOHC 24v V6 twin turbo. Accepted by most as the top dog in the 3000GT food chain, its front Active Aero air dam is one of the dead give-aways of an early model VR-4 but disappeared off the later platform.

The 3000GT also unveiled or updated many emerging technologies in one platform. 

  • Suspension and road handling were key for the 3000GT. It used every advantage Mitsubishi had at their disposal. Four wheel drive was nothing new but utilizing it on sport models was still a bold move. In the weight vs capability tradeoff- the enhanced stability converted most nay-sayers. For further control, the model utilized  four-wheel steering. Active rear-wheel steering would kick in above 30 mph to allow slight articulation of the rear wheels in the same direction as the front.
  • The exhaust system of the 3000GT ushered in some unique modifications well ahead of the curve. The exhaust could be toggled on the fly by driver control through the use of a bypass valve. This allowed the driver to switch back and forth between achieving maximum power in sport mode or luxury-car quietness by engaging the touring mode.

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