Why the 3000GT is Still Amazing | Mitsubishi Dealership

August 4th, 2014 by

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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