Mitsubishi GTO is a sports car built by Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors between 1990 and 2001. In most export markets it was rebadged as a Mitsubishi 3000GT.
Also produced as Dodge Stealth in US.
Design was the result of the collaborative effort between Chrysler and its Japanese partner, Mitsubishi Motors.
The first generation model incorporated many of Mitsubishi’s contemporary performance-enhancing technologies, such as full-time four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, active aerodynamics featuring automatically adjusting front and rear spoilers, sport/tour exhaust modes and electronically controlled suspension (ECS). Active Aerodynamics were not available on the Dodge Stealth. Visually, both cars featured pop-up headlights and noticeable “caps” on the hood to accommodate the ECS controllers at the top of the strut turrets. However the rest of factory body kit differed in styling with their respective badges.
Most notable are the Dodge signature cross-hairs on the Stealth front bumper fascia, Ferrari inspired gills on the 3000GT rocker panels, Crescent shaped spoiler on the Stealth commonly referred to as the “Banana Wing” and front Active Aero air dam on 3000GT VR4 (later discontinued on newer models).
Second generation models are identified by a revised front bumper to accommodate projector beam headlights and small, round projector fog lights. The caps on the hood were replaced with integrated blisters, and the side air vents and rear bumpers were modified. The interior was redesigned with dual air bags, a new audio system, and revised air conditioning refrigerant.
The engines in the twin-turbo models received a slight boost in torque from 416 N·m to 427 N·m. To complement this, the VR-4 now included a six-speed Getrag manual transmission. Bigger wheel/tire combinations were provided beginning in 1995. The base and SL model received 16″ wheels in silver or chrome with 225/55 tires, while the VR4 now had 18″ chrome wheels with 245/40 tires (the Spyder had the standard 17″ with higher profile tires from 1994 to handle the additional 180 kg).
The SOHC engine, previously only available in the base model Stealth, was added to the Mitsubishi range after the Dodge version was discontinued. Slower sales in the American sports car market led to a planned facelift for 1997 being abandoned in favor of minor cosmetic adjustments, including a new front bumper and rainbow shaped arched type wing.
In 1999 the car received another exterior makeover, including a new aggressive front bumper, bigger headlamps, turn signals, sail panels, and a true inverted airfoil spoiler coined the “Combat Wing” for the 1999 VR-4 to distinguish it from previous models.
1999 was the final year the 3000GT was available in the US market. Production for the Japanese domestic market finally ceased in 2000, with the last two cars sold the following year.
The car is featured in all version of great racing driver simlator Gran Turismo.
- Wheelbase 2,470 mm
- Length 4,600 mm
- Width 1,840 mm
- Height 1,285 mm