Mitsubishi Sports Car List

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 parked Mitsubishi Lancer 1600 GSR
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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

A parked 1991 1991 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4
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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.

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3 Mitsubishi Colt GTi-16 Turbo Is A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

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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

A parked 1985 Mitsubishi Starion
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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.

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5 Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution Was A Star Before Its Time

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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.

6 Mitsubishi Minica Dangan ZZ Is Small But Dangerous

A parked Mitsubishi Minica Dangan 4
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Another compact sedan many people would not even look twice at is the Mitsubishi Minica Dangan ZZ. As strange as it may sound, this sports car was built by Mitsubishi and is often overlooked because it is so small. Since it only has a 549cc 3-cylinder engine under the hood, it can only manage to go a top speed of 100 mph. But when you do street racing, what matters more is acceleration times from low speeds, and since the Minica Dangan is so light, it can zip from 0 to 62 in just under 10 seconds. Not great, but it’s enough to zip in and out of traffic and around corners without hesitation.

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7 Mitsubishi FTO GPX Is A Bright Yellow Special Edition Sports Car

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The Mitsubishi GTO GPX is a special edition front-wheel drive sports coupe that received the Car of the Year Award in Japan in 1994/1995. It has a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter V-6 as the main power plant, pushing out up to 197 horsepower, that can achieve a top speed of around 140 miles per hour. The limited slip differential came standard on the dandelion yellow car, as did a rear window washer which was not a common addition for a Mitsubishi sports car.

8 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 Is Heavy But Equipped With Twin Turbos

A parked 1999 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4

The Mitsubishi 3000GT is easily one of the most underrated JDM cars. The VR-4 coupe weighs 3,737 pounds, and it’s an all-wheel-drive, twin-turbocharged machine. It weighs about 500 pounds more than a Chevrolet Corvette, even though it’s just an inch longer overall. The VR-4 has a 320 horsepower 3.0-liter V-6 engine in its nose, which belies its front-drive ancestry. To boost this vehicle, two turbos are used, which blow through individual intercoolers. The horsepower peak occurs at 6,000 rpm, but all 315 pound-feet of torque is available at 2,500 rpm.

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9 The Best Eclipse Is The Early Model Sports Coupe

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The Mitsubishi Eclipse coupe has been in continuous production since the Lancer Evolution, and it is the longest-running sports model in the company’s history. This compact sports car was made from 1989 until 2011 and sold under Mitsubishi, Eagle, and Plymouth badges, in addition to being assembled at Mitsubishi’s Illinois plant. The Eclipse was available in both coupes and convertibles. The last generation of Diamond-Star engines was a 2.4-liter with 162 horsepower and a more powerful 3.2-liter providing 263 horsepower.

10 Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Makinen Edition Commemorates Four Championships

A parked Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI Tommi Makinen Edition
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The Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI Tommi Makinen edition is one of the most limited Mitsubishis, with only 2,500 copies built. It was created to commemorate the four championships Makinen won driving a Diamond-Star vehicle in the WRC. The only difference between the standard Evo VI sedan and this one is the 276-horsepower, 2.0-liter inline-four turbocharged engine.

It has a unique front bumper, a titanium turbine, TME edition stickers, signature Recaro seats with an embossed “T. Makinen” logo, a different front bumper, red and black Recaro seats with an embossed “T. Mäkinen” logo, 17″ white Enkei wheels, a leather steering wheel, and shift knob, a titanium compressor that spools up quicker, a front strut brace, a lowered ride height (to handle tarmac stages), and a quicker steering ratio. This special Evo VI only comes in red.

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