Rev your engines and prepare to embark on a thrilling journey through the exhilarating world of Mitsubishi sports cars! As enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies, we’re all well-aware of the incredible machines that Mitsubishi has produced over the years. From their iconic Lancer Evolution series to the mighty 3000GT, these sports cars have dominated race tracks and conquered the hearts of true automotive devotees worldwide. In this article, we’ll delve into the captivating world of Mitsubishi’s sports car lineup, exploring the power, innovation, and elegance that define these legendary vehicles. Buckle up, because we’re about to take off on an extraordinary adventure of speed, precision, and pure driving pleasure!
1 Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR Is A Rally Champion
A SOHC 1597cc engine replaced the standard 1.2- and 1.4-liter engines, giving the Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR sedan a five-speed transmission instead of the standard four-speed ‘box. The 4G32 “Saturn” engine was outfitted with twin downdraft two-barrel Hitachi carburetors and a 4-2-1 cast-iron exhaust header from the factory. The GSR package included an upgraded interior with embossed vinyl seats, a four-channel audio system, and an eight-track tape player. The 1974 and 1976 Rally Safari in Southern Africa were won by a factory-modified Lancer, as well as the 1973 Southern Cross Rally in Australia.
2 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 Was A Rally Racer Converted To Street Use
The Mitsubishi Galant is the epitome of sleeper cars. The VR-4 was the top-of-the-line Galant sedan version for three generations of the Japanese vehicle. The World Rally Cross Group A model was converted into a road vehicle. It also has a rally pedigree, winning six WRC rallies in three years, including the 1000 Lakes in Finland. The first generation of VR-4s was equipped with inline-four 2.0-liter engines derived from their competition versions, which could generate 237 horsepower. The next generation of VR-4s came with V-6 engines, with the 2.5-liter V-6 producing up to 279 horsepower.
3 Mitsubishi Colt GTi-16 Turbo Is A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing
Looking at a Mitsubishi Colt GTi-16 Turbo hatchback is like looking at a Geo Metro or Honda Civic, which can be a good thing (or bad), depending upon how you see things. The GTi-16 Turbo only had a turbocharged 1.8-liter inline-four under the hood, but the sixteen valves gave the engine up to 128 horsepower. It may not sound like much, but considering that this little car only weighed about 2249 pounds, it could shoot down the track from 0 to 60 mph in just over seven seconds.
4 Mitsubishi Starion Was Known As The Chrysler Conquest
The Starion coupe was marketed in North America as the ‘Conquest’ and was sold by Chrysler, Dodge, and Plymouth. Even though the Starion was the second Japanese sports car to include electronic fuel injection on a turbocharged engine, sales were slow. The Mazda RX-7 and the Toyota Supra were the Starion’s competition. Only one engine was available in North America, the well-known 2.6-liter G54B that was also used by Chrysler on its K-platform cars. Two body styles were available (narrow and wide-body), but only one was available in North America.
5 Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution Was A Star Before Its Time
The era of the SUV is here. Unfortunately, it is a little late for the Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution, which should have taken over the world in the late ’90s, but the company was too early. SUVs were not popular back then, so Mitsubishi used the new type of Evo to rally race. The Pajero had removed the things not needed by a rally racer, such as touchscreens and gauges. What it did have was a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 under the hood that could pump out 276 horsepower and up to 256 pound-feet of torque. The shiftable 4WD system, independent suspension, and limited-slip differentials made this SUV a beast to be reckoned with.