Mitsubishi 3000GT / GTO - History / Evolution (1990 - 2000)

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The Mitsubishi GTO is a sports car built by the Japanese automaker Mitsubishi between 1990 and 1999. In most export markets it was rebadged as the Mitsubishi 3000GT. It was also imported and sold by Chrysler of North America as the Dodge Stealth captive import from 1990 to 1996 with only minor detail/appearance differences; mechanically, the two cars were almost identical. The design was the result of the collaborative effort between Chrysler and its Japanese partner, Mitsubishi Motors. This differed from the two companies' other collaboration, Diamond-Star Motors, because both the Stealth and the 3000GT were assembled in Japan. The Japanese domestic market model took its name from the Galant GTO.
Following the successful showing of the Mitsubishi HSR and Mitsubishi HSX concept cars at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show, Mitsubishi developed the new GTO as a technologically advanced 2+2 seater sports coupe to compete with the Honda NSX, Mazda Cosmo, Nissan 300ZX, Skyline GT-R, Subaru SVX and the Toyota Supra. They resurrected the GTO name, and the car went on to serve as Mitsubishi's flagship for the remainder of the decade. Despite the cachet of the badge at home, it was marketed as the Mitsubishi 3000GT and as the Dodge Stealth outside Japan; the company was concerned that connoisseurs would object to the evocative nameplate from the highly regarded Ferrari 250 GTO and Pontiac GTO.
A Dodge Stealth was initially to be used as a pace car for the 1991 Indianapolis 500 race. A prototype Dodge Viper was substituted.
The first generation model incorporated many of Mitsubishi contemporary performance-enhancing technologies, such as full-time four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, active aerodynamics. The GTO SR made the same power as the US spec 3000GT SL and was offered with the same 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic. Japan did not receive the SOHC V-6 that was standard on the base model US only Dodge Stealth and US spec 3000GT, the only two engines available in Japan were the N/A DOHC V-6 and Twin Turbo DOHC V-6. Mitsubishi released a final small edition of 30 first generation GT3000, branded as "Beckenbauer Edition" in 1994, which was advertised with Franz Beckenbauer as godfather. All GT3000 Beckenbauer Edition came in yellow and were equipped with Remus sports exhaust, OZ Futura rims, HKS air filter, a model number plate, C-net mobile phone system
Second generation models are identified by a revised front bumper to accommodate projector beam headlights and small, round projector fog lights.
The GTO MR was significantly lighter than the GTO TT and 3000GT VR-4, weighing only 1510kg due to lighter BBS rims and the deletion of 4WS, Active Aero and the tunable exhaust. There is much debate about the engine of the GTO MR; some say it has the normal 9B turbos, others say it is putting up 10 psi on factory installed 11B turbos. Examples of GTO MRs with both 9Bs and 11Bs can be found on imported or grey market cars. The MR also had optional shorter gear ratios from the factory, allowing it to run 12.88 seconds to the 400m mark and surpass the R32 and R33 Skyline GT-R in speed over a mile distance.
The SOHC engine, previously only available in the base model Stealth, was added to the Mitsubishi range after the Dodge version was discontinued.
The z11a chassis code was used for the 3000GT ES and SL, and the base Dodge Stealth.
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