The Mitsubishi 3000GT concept first saw daylight in 1989, and then went in to full production in 1991 as the Mitsubishi GTO (in the home market), but Mitsubishi were worried that the automotive world wouldn’t like the GTO badge being used by a Japanese manufacturer (with the Ferrari 250 GTO and even the Pontiac GTO) so for the worldwide market, it was changed to 3000GT.
Production lasted until 2001, and between 1991 – 96, Chrysler sold the Dodge Stealth, which was as near to identical as it could get.
In the late 80’s, the ambitions of the Japanese car makers seemed to unite, ready to take on the world of American and European manufactured cars; they produced everything from executive, business class and sports cars to bring the fight to the rest of the world. Honda, Toyota and Mazda all produced cars that were competitive.
Mitsubishi didn’t want to be left behind either, after being inspired by their success in rallying and on the Dakar, they launched the Galant VR-4 to great success. Following on from that, they went one step further and released the ‘Prototype I’ at the 1989 Tokyo motor show. It was a modern, aerodynamic design, incorporating retractable headlights, looking something akin to the (then) supercar of the Lotus Esprit.
It went into production the following year.
The 2017 Mitsubishi 3000GT Is Coming Soon
Officially, there has been little information coming from Mitsubishi regarding the 3000GT, but there are lots of rumors and a fair bit of speculation, coupled with whispers from industry sources, so with that in mind, it is expected that Mitsubishi will show a pre-production version of the sports car in late 2017, with full production happening in 2018.
Having said that, we’d have expected to see some spyshots of the new 3000GT by now and there has been nothing – with a car such as this, you could almost guarantee that Mitsubishi want to run it around the Nurburgring a few times and that’s guaranteed coverage on a number of websites and publications. We’re hoping that Mitsubishi are just being very secretive and that it isn’t that the car isn’t production ready yet.
While no official confirmation of prices (or specifications) has been released, it does have to compete in a strong market, so we expect prices to be between $35,000 to $45,000, but until we know exactly what we are going to get, it’s almost impossible to predict – yes, Mitsubishi may try and compete where the old 3000GT left off, or they could move up in the market and start going supercar hunting – this would have a dramatic impact on the pricing – we could be looking at $70,000+ if that’s the case.
The 2017 Mitsubishi 3000GT Is a Powerhouse of Tech
When the first model was launched, it proved to be a wonder of modern engineering and technology, and the new 3000GT aims to do the same.
While no-one would really expect a car such as this to be comfortable, it does need to have the basic levels of comfort, so rather than compromise on handling and road-holding, the 3000Gt comes with a sophisticated electronic system that turns the car from a mild mannered and soft car into something more like a race car, with stiffer suspension and great handling.
The excellent handling has been helped by an intelligent all-wheel drive system that uses an asymmetric centre differential. Under normal conditions, power is split on 45:55 basis (front to rear), but once the system recognizes that a wheel has lost traction, it redistributes the power to the one with most traction.
This means that whatever the weather, the 3000GT really is a super car for all weather.
Another technical trick is the 4 Wheel Steering. The car is not only AWD but also AWS. With this system, rear wheels, depending on the situation, are able to turn on an angle of 1.5o. The angle and direction of rotation calculated by the onboard electronics, depending on the current speed. At speeds up to 50 km/h, the system turns rear wheels in the opposite direction to the rotation of the wheels of the front axle. This greatly facilitates the manoeuvring of the vehicle in the Parking lot. At higher speeds the system acted in the opposite way — the rear wheels are turned in the same direction and front. The system is fool-proof: when the threshold is exceeded in 50 km/h cornering, 4WS is not allowed activate high-speed mode steer, while the steering wheel will not return to its original position.
Even on the base 3000GT, the aero package works well, it has a drag coefficient of just 0.39. But, as an optional extra, you can have an active aero package fitted, and this literally transforms the car; adjustable rear wings, active suspension and a rear diffuser all create an added element of road holding and handling.
The package works automatically, but of course, it can be manually operated for those that want to play properly with it.
What Else Can We Expect?
Although a very sporty car, the interior is well-equipped and comfortable. It is a 2+2 layout, meaning that you may be able to squeeze children in the back, but the front seats are powered and give excellent lumbar and lateral support without being uncomfortable. The seats are trimmed in leather and the is an excellent audio system fitted all as standard.
While the flagship models have all of the toys fitted, the base models come without the advanced aero package or even the all-wheel drive. These have a three-liter V6 engine fitted, it produces 222 BHP.
The top of the line versions pump out 300 BHP, but for those not wishing to spend that sort of money, the cheaper versions are available but only push out 166 BHP. All versions have the option for a 5-speed manual or 4-speed auto transmission.
The Mitsubishi 3000 GT and Dodge Stealth are to this day popular with tuning fans. After all, even a trivial increase in boost, replacing the air filter plus replacement of the intake and exhaust will give you about 400 BHP, with no critical damage to the engine.
Further modifications can easily see that number doubled.
Are you looking forward to seeing the new 2017 3000GT? Is it something that you’d buy? Have Mitsubishi done the right thing by bringing it back? Let us know in the comments – your opinion is important to us!