1995 Mitsubishi GTO MR
Stock Number: 4565
Introduced in late '93 the second generation of Mitsubishi's powerful front engine, rear wheel drive, Grand Tourer. The kouki model introduced some subtle changes to the bodylines, most notably the new projector headlights. These were Mitsubishi's answer to cars like the 300ZX and Soarer giving them some big shoes to fill. Luckily Mitsubishi wasn't worried about jumping in with the big boys hence the twin-turbo 3.0 V6 sending power to all four corners. While the stateside models were rated a bit higher than the 276hp quoted by mitsu it's likely the power figures were the same and merely underrated due to the Japanese horsepower agreement. The revised bodywork is still aggressive by today's standards and has quite a menacing road presence. It's Marina Blue Pearl (B34) is a striking color choice, and frankly blue is a rare color to find in Japan period. The paint is in generally good condition barring some etching to the clear coat and a bit of fading. The same can be said about the bodywork with only some typical door dings that any vehicle this wide is bound to procure. The ride height has had some help thanks to a set of XYZ adjustable coilovers which gets the car down to a more acceptable height. Split 3-spoke 18" Super Advans wrapped in fresh rubber with a matching blue stripe are both period correct and look great on just about everything. The wheels show their age with some scuffs and scratches, but could always be refinished if you want to stick with the look.
The interior feels ahead of its time and the styling is unlike the other manufactures of the time. The seating position is low with all of the gauges centered up around the driver. Most of the cabin has been left along with a few subtle additions. Auto Gauge provides a more accurate eye on boost levels and coolant temps since the factory gauges are vague at best. Plus the red and blue fits right in with the rest of the look of the car. The three-spoke Millenium II wheel is a much better fit and matches the upgraded Razo knob. These did come with quite a few nice power accessories like the seats for instance which we don't see too often. They have controls for forward and aft (per usual) but also have power adjustments for bolstering to make sure you stay planted when the road gets twisty. The seats offer great bolstering which hints at its more sports car roots and has been kept in great shape. Barring a small tear on the base of the driver's seat they're otherwise stain or blemish-free. The deep back seats can fit people, but in all likelihood, you'll be using them more for bonus storage space than anything else. The carpeting and door panels have held up great and don't seem to have some of the delamination issues we see with Nissan's for instance. The expansive dash is crack-free (another issue we commonly see) and home to several gauges like your clock and oil pressure since the Auto Gauges take care of the others. While it does have a full automatic digital climate control the LCD screen itself has gone out. The system still operates properly and the A/C is cold, you just have to adjust the temperature by feel. Otherwise, your power windows, power mirrors, and powered locks are all working as expected.
Under the hood is what makes these cars stand out from the pack. Opposed to most traditional layouts Mitsubishi transversely mounted the V6 with one turbo forward and back. Sending power to all four wheels allowed for its brutal acceleration. These were a bit of an unsung hero as they were quicker than most of the competition. The "MR" was the lightweight version that dropped the ABS, 4 Wheel Steering, ECS, and the Active Aero. The weight savings actually made these faster in a straight line than the R32 GTR to give you an idea of the performance levels there were dealing with. With a mere 77K verified miles the V6 is quick to fire up and settles into a surprisingly quiet idle. The HKS Super Drager Axel back does open though once you get your foot into it which makes it great for the times you're simply looking to cruise. Unlike most cars of the era, these come equipped with a 6 speed manual with shortened gearing opposed to its first-generation siblings. The 6th gear allowed for revised gear ratios making them much quicker in the midrange powerband. While the 6 speed is a bit notchy we've gone ahead and replaced the shifter bushings as this one originally had a bit of play in the box. We also went ahead and took care of quite a bit of maintenance for its next owner. Items like a new battery, a fresh set of plugs and wires, new pads and rotors, along with the serpentine belt. For those looking to stand out in a sea of Zs and Skylines then the GTO has you covered. They make gobs of power, have the proper low slung sports car stance, all while keeping an interior you can actually enjoy spending time in. Don't miss out on this particularly rage sports coupe, because it won't be around for long.
*California Residents: In order to register a Grey Market vehicle in the state of California then it will have to be made CARB complaint first. CARB certifications will have to be performed within the state. Depending on the vehicle and any existing modifications will affect the pricing. Typically CARB compliance will range between 5-10K. Additional information can be found on the California Air Resources Board website.