1998 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 Quick Look
This one owner, all original 1998 Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 is an exceptional, reference quality example of an increasingly rare car. Only 231 VR-4s came out of Mitsubishi’s Nagoya, Japan factory during the 1998 model year making this pristine 3000GT a member of the smallest production run ever produced. The car was originally delivered to Northtowne Mitsubishi in Kansas City, Missouri where it was sold new to the same owner who has pampered and fastidiously maintained it for the past 13 years. Averaging only 659 miles annually since the day it rolled out of the showroom, this cool Japanese muscle car has rarely seen anything other than sunshine and warm summer days. In the early 1990’s, the factory performance war finally started to heat up again, but this time instead of Chevy, Ford and Mopar battling it out, it was the Japanese automakers with their turbo-charged compacts. The Japanese automakers recognized a niche for affordable sports cars and a performance war began. The Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 was a direct product of that war and benefitted from technology that was very advanced for its time. Under this car’s hood you’ll find a 3.0-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 that has been fitted with electronic fuel injection, aluminum heads, roller rockers and two small dimension intercooled turbos. Those turbos receive air via intakes located at the front of the car and spool quickly to create an instant 320 horsepower and 315 lb./ft. of torque. The engine compartment in this 3000GT is 100% original and in excellent, factory condition. No one has touched or serviced anything on this car unless they were a certified Mitsubishi technician, and a recent tune up included fresh fluids and all new belts and hoses. The Mitsubishi 3000GT VR-4 comes standard with a 6-speed Getrag manual transmission that feeds a rear wheel biased full-time all-wheel-drive system. The 45 front, and 55 rear power split gives the car catapult-like acceleration in any weather condition while a four wheel steering system turns the rear wheels in phase with the front wheels at high speeds. An aggressive stainless exhaust system helps the engine breath better during high RPM sprints and gives the car a nice, aggressive bark. At the corners, a four wheel independent suspension does an excellent job tightening apexes or loosening tension, and stopping comes courtesy of four piston calipers all around with 16 inch rotors up front and 15 inch rotors in the rear. Connecting all that power to the asphalt is a nice set of 18 inch chrome plated alloy wheels that wear new 245/40/18 Yokohama Advan Neova AD08 radials and factory equipped wheel locks. The cars black leather interior presents a striking contrast to its clean white exterior panels and shows absolutely no signs of wear at all. The seven way power driver’s seat keeps you as comfortable for quick blasts of speed as it will during long road trips, and the rear buckets do not appear to have ever been used for anything. In front of the driver, a dramatic jet black dash shows zero defects and all the gauges and instruments work exactly as they should. At the center of that dash, automated climate control sits above an Infinity AM/FM radio that’s equipped with, a cassette deck, a CD player, a 210 watt amplifier and an 8 speaker sound system. Between the seats, the car’s console holds a black shifter and controls for the power driver’s seat above black carpet that’s protected by matching “3000GT” floor mats. And at the sides of the seats, door panels which are typically faded and ballooned from heat and light, present as new from their leather trim to their red courtesy lights. If you’re an enthusiast who likes to put his hardware on the road, few cars deliver the blend of performance and luxury that this 3000GT VR-4 offers.
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