In the car-making industry, Japanese makes seem to be synonymous with breakthrough innovations and captivating styles. With the release of the Mitsubishi 3000GT in 1991, this allusion to Japanese craftsmanship had been reinforced once again, for the model joined the fleet of sports cars with its big features and all. Promising superb performance and handling, the Mitsubishi 3000GT made its distinctive mark to the racing world before finally reaching the finish line in 1999.
1990 – 1993: A supercharged sports car
Mitsubishi equipped the first releases of the Mitsubishi 3000GT with the best powertrain components. The units had a 24-valve V6 engine with turbochargers and dual overhead camshafts, which produced 222-hp with the engine’s 3.0-liter displacement. Aside from offering a four-wheel drive, the units also had a four-wheel steering and an electronically adjustable suspension as well as an option for a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The front and rear spoilers that could extend and retract around 40-mph provided a great aerodynamic efficiency, while the strong brakes gave a superb grip of the wheels. The first models also came in three trims, which were the base, the SL, and the VR-4. The 1992 change only included three new paint colors, and the 1993 alterations standardized the use of leather upholstery, comfort features, and chrome-plated alloy wheels.
1994 – 1996: Moderate facelifts
In this generation, only moderate facelifts were instituted. Aside from the reshaped nose of the three trims, the sport coupe models became safer to drive with the installation of dual airbags, while the VR-4 had an improved 320-horsepower as well as a six-speed manual transmission. The interior changes included the use of a new air-conditioning refrigerant, redesigned dual airbags, and a new audio system. Power was also improved to 315-pound-feet, which was eight points better than the previous units. In 1995, the Spyder line was introduced, which became available in SL and VR-4 trims. The Spyder, which was a convertible that could completely open in nineteen seconds, could seat four passengers.
1997 – 2001: Preparation for a final bow
Because of the dropping sales and the pressure brought by the competitive sports car market, the facelifts in this generation mainly included interior and exterior makeovers. There was a new front bumper and hood wing as well as headlights, sail panels, and turn signals. A sunroof was also included on the SL and VR-4 models. Moreover, the models became less powerful, losing a couple of horsepower and torque points, which made the cars less appealing to consumers.