Mitsubishi 3000GT – Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed


(engine revving) – The most advanced
Japanese car of the 90’s wasn’t the Toyota Supra, it wasn’t the Honda NSX, it wasn’t even the Nissan GTR, it was twin turbocharged, had four wheel steering, and motorized aerodynari… (exclamation) Motorized aerodynamic elements that morph the air around it depending on its speed. This car influenced car
design for decades to come, even if it was only around
for a few short years. This is everything you need to know to get up to speed on
the Mitsubishi 3000GT. (80’s chiptune music) It’s the late 80’s and Japan is riding the biggest economic
boom in modern history. Japanese companies are
exporting their products at record pace and everyone’s
making a ton of money. Life is good. So good that the Japanese
automakers are experiencing a golden age of design. Toyota, Nissan, Mazda, and Honda are all at the top of their game and poised to launch some of their most famous models in coming years. – Heavy man. – As the 90’s came into full
swing Mitsubishi’s competitors were pumping out cars
like the Skyline GTR, 300ZX and Honda NSX. Mitsubishi needed to build a
car that outshined all of them, and secure the companies
place as the pride of Japan. To do that the new
Mitsubishi had to be the most advanced machine
Japan had ever produced since the mobile suit Gundam. Mitsubishi engineers got together
and started writing a list of everything they wanted on the car, and the sky was the limit. How about twin turbos? Easy! What about electronic exhaust to make it loud whenever you want? Done! Electronically adjustable
struts so the driver can choose between comfort and sport? Come on guys blue sky! What if the wing adjusted
itself for better stability at speed and a little lip
came down on the front? Yo Steve I swear to God
you are reading my mind, you’re a frickin genius. The engineers took the
wishlist and got to work on Mitsubishi’s flagship model. – Mitsubishi GTO. – First up was the engine. The new care would be
available in both front and all wheel drive configurations, but both versions would
share a V6 power plant. The 6G7 series was developed
as a sort of workhorse for all of Mitsubishi’s lineup. It’s been in the Galant, the Pa… Pajero? Pajero. The Pajero and even found its way into the Chrysler Sebring
and Hyundai Sonata. It’s been everywhere man! But the 6G72 that would be
going into the Mitsubishi Halo car would be unlike all the rest. It would not have one
but two turbochargers, making 320 horsepowers
and 315 torque powers. And you need to remember
that this is 1990, that’s five years before
Post Malone is even born. The GTO was more powerful than
the Ferrari 348 of the day, a car which the GTO
borrowed a few styling cues. The GTO had two modes for the exhaust, touring mode for when you’re
driving your grandma back to Troy’s house because things are
getting serious between them and she’s a little
sensitive to loud noises, and sport mode where a
little valve opens up redirecting the exhaust through
a path of less resistance. A path you wish you had because driving grandma around for free and seeing her shack up with Troy is getting a little taxing. I just want her to be happy, and I don’t know if she’s ready, if I’m ready for another man
to look after her, ya know? The advances continued with
Mitsubishi’s active suspension. Like the exhaust there was
touring for when grandma made you drive her and
Troy to the drive-in. Troy stays in the back seat! And sport mode for when
you went to the back roads and let out all that aggression
that’s pent up inside. The GTO’s most impressive feature was its signature active aerodynamics. Hm, tell me more. The GTO’s active aero featured both a motorized lip splitter and rear wing that engaged at speeds
over 50 miles per hour. This system increased
stability at highway speeds and was programmed to break
just as the warranty expired. (chuckles) The GTO also had pop-up
(bleep)-ing headlights. – Cool. (laughter) The culmination of all this
technology into one car made the GTO one of the most forward thinking cars in
the world at the time. Chock full of features
that wouldn’t be mainstream for another 25 years. The GTO came to the US in 1990
under two different names, just like my dad. They couldn’t call it the
GTO in the states because there was some other
car with the same name, so instead it would be
known as the 3000GT. There would also be a Dodge
version called the Stealth, named after the greatest
Jamie Foxx film of all time. – That’s hot. – The 3000GT came in a
number of trim levels that lacked all the fancy high tech stuff, but the one to have was the VR4. (engine roar) Critics praised the new Mitsubishi. This thing was (bleep)-ing crazy. Zero to sixty in five point two seconds, a top speed of 155 miles per hour. What the hell is going on, this is a friggin Mitsubishi! Unfortunately the 3000GT
had one disadvantage that would follow it
for its entire lifespan. It was heavy. – Hm, very fat I see. – I feel you. All that tech added up, and in the end the VR4 weighed
in at over 3,800 pounds. Not great when its rivals
weighed hundreds of pounds less, but that didn’t stop
Mitsubishi from persisting. The first GTO face lift came in 1993, and gone were the pop-up headlights. (somber music) The 6G72 was tuned to pump
out 20 more horsepower, which helped to liven up the acceleration, and a new six speed
transmission was installed. The second face life came in 1996, with some minor changed
including a new rear spoiler. Gone was the almost cutesy
styling of the early 90’s, and in was an aggressive
pointy nose with a mouth like a (bleep)-ing Mako shark. – Hello. – And the end result would
fit right into the cast of The Fast and the Furious. This thing is cool. (engine roaring) But not as good as the older models. Why? That economic bubble we talked about? Popped. (pop) Demand for Japanese sports
cars starting falling along with the value of the Yen, so Mitsubishi needed to
make their cars cheaper. They had to take out the active aero, active exhaust and active suspension. But without those gadgets I
mean what’s the freakin point? The whole goal of the GTO was
to be as advanced as possible, and now that’s gone. If people wanted a sports car they would go for
something light and agile, not a bulky all wheel drive
touring car like the GTO. Like I said before the
GTO never got that special aura around it like
some other JDM legends, even if it was more high tech, and I think that’s in part because we always had access to it. From the beginning of its life Americans could buy the
3000GT and the Stealth. There was never a feeling of lust that we had Japanese
exclusive cars like the R32, and that’s messed up because, this Mitsubishi had features
that wouldn’t go mainstream for another two decades. In many ways it influenced
sports car design that we love today. It seems like every super car out there has active aero. Hell your mom’s comfy SUV has
sport suspension settings. It was way ahead of its time, and let’s just hope
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48 thoughts on “Mitsubishi 3000GT – Everything You Need to Know | Up to Speed

  1. The best memories I have is when I was a young man and I had my 3000GT. That car was absolutely badass and I still miss it

  2. I have a 3000 GT in great condition that I want to sell. Well maintained, Red, 1997, absolute fun to drive.
    Anyone interested?

  3. So they ditched all the bs gadgets, the ugly pop up headlights, and then made it a six speed? How is this a bad thing?

  4. mitsubishi is still pretty strong with the Philippines sadly though the EVO got cut off since the sales were bad heck even 2nd hand Lancers are expensive compared to newer and much more sexier Mazda, Honda and gewd awful Toyota (always releasing the same shit over again)

  5. All that time yelling and failed to mention that there was a hard top convertible version that was excessively overpriced for the time ($60k) Which was basically pushing nearly 100 K inflation adjusted

  6. My dad had the Gen1 3000GT-VR4. He had the first one in the area, and they were rare enough at that time that people were flabbergasted whenever they saw it. Some dude even crashed his bicycle when he saw it. People would crowd around it and take pictures. People would crowd around it ON THE ROAD, making it pretty difficult to enjoy a highway cruise.

    It was never meant to be a sports car. It was never meant to be a 300ZX fighter. While it was a halo car, like the Corvette, it was more a Grand Tourer than a sports car. Think BMW 850 rather than M3 or even M5. Think Camaro rather than Corvette. It was placed against the 300ZX and RX-7 by the media because of the similarities in price and performance. It was capable of beating a Corvette around the track, so people thought "Sports Car". When the Supra was redone, it had its sights on the 3000GT, even though it was more a sports car in design. EVERYONE seemed to treat it as a sports car, yet it really wasn't.

    What do you call a comfortable 2+2, long-legged performance car with all the luxury features and all the tech you could ask for? A GT. Even a Super GT. Sports cars were lighter, tended to have only two seats (not always), and sacrificed tech for performance and handling. The 3000GT used the tech to get both the performance and the handling, sacrificing nothing. It cared nothing about weight. It was just as happy cruising around on endless highways as it was burning up the back roads or tearing your face off at track day. That's not something you could say about ANY of its sports car competitors at the time, but absolutely applicable to GT.

    Something to know, though: The Gen1 had only 300hp, 17" wheels, AWD, Dual-Stage 4WS, Active Aero, Suspension modes, exhaust modes, centralized 4-wheel ABS. The later gens added 18" wheels and 20 more HP, but dropped some of the other features. Even though they had more HP, they were actually less capable.

  7. The whole bullshit argument at the end makes no sense.
    When they took out the extra tech stuff, the car became LIGHTER, and still able to walk Supras, Skylines etc.
    The reason why the lust never caught was because the car wasn't featured in that dumbass fast and the fruitiest movie, that skyrocketed Supra and RX 7 prices overnight

  8. Mitsubishi is now a pussy whipped panty waisted version of it's former self.. they were revolutionary in the 90s. A true powerhouse from Japan. Wtf happened? Must of had some bad MGMT for a while… And obviously still dealing with them.

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