Instead of butchering sports car nameplates, Mitsubishi should build this

The jury’s still out on the future of the Nissan GT-R but that’s not of utter importance right now. We’re here to talk about a nameplate and a digital successor to that nameplate that haven’t been yet twisted to denote a crossover or an SUV. That’s right, we’re talking about the Mitsubishi 3000GT and an artist’s vision of a would-be 4000GT.

Modernizing the 90s

This Mitsubishi 4000GT Rendering Has Us Itching for a Nissan GT-R Fighter Exterior Drawings
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Known as the GTO in Japan and 3000GT worldwide, Mitsubishi's sports car from the 90s was based on the carmaker's Diamante sedan.

The 3000GT came with all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, active aerodynamics, and electronically-controlled suspension. It was badge-engineered to create the Dodge Stealth which was sold alongside the 3000GT in the States.

Although these features added a lot of weight on the shoulders or an already heavy platform, the 3000GT VR-4 could zap from 0 to 60 mph (96 kph) in anywhere from 5 to 6.3 seconds. U.S. models could be had with front-wheel drive, too, and production ended in 1999 for the U.S. market and in 2000 for Japan.

This Mitsubishi 4000GT Rendering Has Us Itching for a Nissan GT-R Fighter Exterior Drawings
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The 3000GT is, however, best remembered by car nuts for its VR-4 guise, which mixed a 320-horsepower, 315-pound-feet of torque, 24-valve V-6 (also twin turbocharged) with a manual gearbox.
Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 specifications
Engine: 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine
Horsepower: 320 horsepower
Torque: 315 pound-feet of torque
0 to 60 MPH: 5.7 seconds
Top Speed: 165 mph
Quarter-Mile Time: 15 seconds at 105 mph (est)
Curb Weight: 3,737 pounds (1,695 kilos)
Power-to-Weight Ratio (US Tonne): 171

Coming back to Matthew Parsons’ render, we chose it not because if features some nonsensical design cues that look out of place, but because he really put a lot of work into adding a present day twist to the 3000GT and actually succeeded.

This Mitsubishi 4000GT Rendering Has Us Itching for a Nissan GT-R Fighter Exterior Drawings
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We don’t get more tech bits about the render, but it just begs for a rear-wheel-drive setup. On the other hand, we hope Mitsubishi doesn’t have any plans to associate the 3000GT nameplate with a high-riding econobox. Then again, the company isn’t exactly bathing in gold coins so who knows what it might come up with for the sake of profit.

Source: Matthew Parsons via. Behance

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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