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JDM Traditional Japanese Car Mitsubishi GTO

GTO is a sports coupe manufactured and sold by Mitsubishi Motors in 1990. In 1989, the previous year, it was exhibited at the 28th Tokyo Motor Show under the name "Mitsubishi HSX". The origin of the name of GTO is that it is an abbreviation of the initial three letters of Italian "Gran Turismo Omologata".



In 1990, the 1st generation GTO appeared. In order to further improve driving performance, it adopted the "all wheel control concept" that controls all four wheels, and was equipped with full-time 4WD and a four-wheel control system. The exterior is an American design with a 1840mm wide body and wide tread. The rear featured large hatchback doors and retractable headlights.

In terms of powertrain, it was equipped with a 3L V-type 6-cylinder DOHC engine that produced 225 horsepower for the 24-valve specification and 280 horsepower for the intercooler twin-turbo specification. Safety equipment included a crushable body, SRS airbag system, and side door beams.

The interior of the GTO is characterized by an enclosure around the driver's seat. This makes it easier to concentrate on driving. The cockpit has a large meter cluster panel with excellent visibility. In addition, the arrangement of levers and buttons, such as the three sub-meters facing the driver's seat, was designed to be sports car-like and easy to shift.

In 1993, the GTO underwent a minor change. In this minor change, the characteristic retractable headlight has been changed to a 4-lamp fixed projector type.

In the powertrain, the twin-turbo model newly adopted a 6-speed MT, and the 24-valve model had a choice of a 4-speed AT in addition to the MT. All models are equipped with front passenger airbags to enhance safety equipment.

Minor changes in 1996 included an 18-inch wheel diameter for the twin-turbo model, and redesigned aero parts such as the front bumper and rear spoiler.

The GTO became the final model with a minor change in 1998. A large rear spoiler was installed to adjust the airflow behind the vehicle body, and along with the dress-up effect, driving stability and fuel efficiency were improved. In addition, by combining the front lamps, the side lights and turn signals became a single unit, and the front design changed.

The GTO was also active as a patrol car for high-speed corps, with the introduction of the early, middle, and late MRs.

However, production of the GTO was discontinued in 2001 due to the declining popularity of sports cars and safety concerns.