The Mitsubishi 3000GT is a sports car that was introduced for the 1990 model year and discontinued following the 1999 model year. During its production run, the 3000GT went through three generations of body styles. Vehicles that competed directly with the Mitsubishi 3000GT included the Toyota Supra, Mazda RX-7 and Nissan 300ZX.
A version of the 3000GT was sold by Chrysler as the Dodge Stealth from 1991 to 1996. Outside of the United States, the vehicle was largely known as the Mitsubishi GTO. The vehicle was available in both coupe and convertible body styles.
Mitsubishi 3000GT Styling
A high-tech design aesthetic was applied to the Mitsubishi 3000GT both inside and out. The exterior of the vehicle was sleek, with a long front nose and short stature. Side air scoops helped differentiate the vehicle from the competition. Inside, the 3000GT accommodated up to four passengers. As with most sports cars, rear passenger room left something to be desired, with a maximum headroom of 34.3 inches and maximum legroom of 28.5 inches.
The 3rd generation of the Mitsubishi 3000GT brought a new front bumper design and hoop wing to the vehicle. Exterior updates for the 1999 model included further front-end revisions, with minor updates to the bumper, headlights, sail panels and turn signals.
Mitsubishi 3000GT Features
The Mitsubishi 3000GT was available in three trim levels – base, SL and VR-4. The base model and SL came standard with such features as keyless entry, 16-inch alloy wheels, power driver's seat, power steering, full power accessories, leather-trim steering wheel, cruise control, air conditioning, stereo system with cassette player, rear spoiler, fog lights and rear windshied wiper.
The Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 Turbo added standard amenities such as power sunroof, 18-inch wheels, leather seating, steering wheel audio controls, automatic climate control and CD player.
Mitsubishi 3000GT Performance
Base and SL 3000GT models originally came equipped with a 3.0-liter DOHC V6 engine that delivered 218 horsepower and 201 lb-ft. of torque. The option to include natural aspiration lifted performance to 222 horsepower and 205 lb-ft. of torque. In 1997, the base engine was downgraded to a 3.0-liter OHC V6 engine that delivered 161 horsepower and 185 lb-ft. of torque. This engine was matched with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission.
The Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 received considerable performance improvements. A 3.0-liter turbocharged DOHC V6 engine mustered up to 320-horsepower and 315 lb-ft. of torque. The sole transmission option was a 6-speed manual. Other performance upgrades included a limited slip differential, electronic suspension control and all-wheel drive.
Mitsubishi 3000GT Safety
Available standard safety features for the Mitsubishi 3000GT included power brakes, front airbags and remote trunk release. In NHTSA crash tests, the 3000GT earned a perfect 5-star rating in driver front impact and a 3-star rating in passenger front impact