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1999 Mitsubishi 3000 GT Review
A Japanese sports car icon.
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The 1999 Mitsubishi 3000 GT is one of the most immediately recognizable sports cars on the market. Offering high performance and a luxurious array of accessories, the popularity of the 3000 GT should not come as a shock to anyone. Fast, agile, and maneuverable, the 3000 GT offers a fun drive, especially when pushed to its limits.
The base model of the Mitsubishi 3000 GT focuses more on flash than function. While it looks identical to the other 3000 GT models, it does not have the same power or performance as the higher-end models. It offers solid performance, but it does not stack up well against the rest of the 3000 GT models. Despite the underwhelming base model, the Mitsubishi 3000 GT SL and VR-4 both make excellent sports cars that more than deliver. The thrill of operating these high-performance vehicles puts most others to shame. Even drivers who can afford more expensive sports car should look at the 3000 GT before committing to a purchase. Both offer excellent performance, albeit in slightly different fashions. Despite the lower price, the Mitsubishi 3000 GT SL is not inherently inferior to the VR-4. It serves as a slightly lighter vehicle, which aids the turning and braking of the SL over its heavier counterpart.
Engines: 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual, six-speed manual
Models: Mitsubishi 3000 GT, Mitsubishi 3000 GT SL, Mitsubishi 3000 GT VR-4
The 1999 Mitsubishi 3000 GT SL now includes anti-lock brakes and a power moonroof as standard equipment.
The Mitsubishi 3000 GT sports car looks sleek and aerodynamic. Chrome wheels and a rear spoiler provide standard equipment. A power moonroof remains optional. This marks the only area where the base model 3000 GT remains indistinguishable between the SL and VR-4.
The Mitsubishi 3000 GT SL and VR-4 offer an impressive array of luxury features, despite the emphasis on performance. Power leather seating, cruise control, leather trim, automatic climate control, Infiniti audio, a cassette player, and a CD player provide standard equipment. A CD changer comes as an option. The base model strips down and leaves most of these features unavailable or as options.
Performance & Handling
The performance of the Mitsubishi 3000 GT varies between the models. The base model 3000 GT seems very lackluster, despite its appearance. The engine, while the same size as the other models, lacks turbocharging and therefore proves less powerful. The base model also lacks other features like anti-lock brakes. It still outperforms many vehicles, but it pales in comparison to the other 3000 GT models and most sports cars. The 1999 Mitsubishi 3000 GT SL and 3000 GT VR-4 offer impressive performance, but in slightly different fashions. The cornering and braking of the 3000 GT SL proves better than the 3000 GT VR-4 due to its lighter weight. However, the VR-4 has better acceleration and top speed due to its more powerful engine design. Both still offer impressive performance.
The 1999 Mitsubishi 3000 GT comes equipped with dual front airbags and four-wheel anti-lock brakes standard on every model, except the base. As with most sports cars, the main safety feature concerns the ability to accelerate past or maneuver away from an accident before it occurs.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mitsubishi 3000 GT five-speed manual: 17/22 mpg city/highway
Mitsubishi 3000 GT six-speed manual: 17/23 mpg city/highway
- Excellent performance and handling
- Fast acceleration
- All-wheel drive on the VR-4
You Won't Like
- Poor fuel economy
- Base model lacks performance
- Many options disappear for the upcoming cancellation
A Japanese sports car icon.
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