The Mitsubishi 3000GT
Mitsubishi GTO History
Mitsubishi GT0 Engine and 4WD
Under the bonnet, the GTO was powered by a brand new 280PS 3.0-Litre V6 intercooled twin-turbo engine a naturally aspirated (NA) engine, which used an electronically controlled variable inlet valve system. The twin-turbo engine variant used a Getrag 5-speed manual transmission.
Thanks to its full-time four-wheel drive, the GTO delivered superb handling and stability. This four-wheel drive driveline used a viscous coupling centre differential and was able to transmit all the engine torque to the road surface. The GTO boasted a front-rear torque split of 45:55.
Mitsubishi GTO Suspension
The GTO featured MacPherson strut suspension at the front, and a double wishbone arrangement at the rear. The electronically controlled suspension adjusted damping rates as required. The GTO's four-wheel steering system operated the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheel at mid to high-speed. All of this just further added to the car’s superb handling and stability.
Mitsubishi GTO Stand-Out Features
The Mitsubishi GTO had some noteworthy features. Whilst driving at high speeds the rear spoiler would change position, optimising traction to the road surface. A front venturi* cover was automatically operated by an Active Aero System. At the touch of a button, the car’s Active Exhaust System was able to switch the exhaust gas routing to the silencer. This meant that you were able to either create a louder or quieter exhaust note.
* A venturi is a narrow tunnel under the car. As air is forced through, the air's speed increases creating a low pressure area which helps to 'stick' the car to the track.