1994-2000 Mitsubishi FTO: Overshadowed and Overhyped? | Autopolis

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1994-2000 Mitsubishi FTO: Overshadowed and

1995 JDM Mitsubishi FTO GPX

The sporty market is a tight one around the Always falling in and out of fashion, struggle to keep up with trends more suited to turnover cycles than design. Often global are careful not to replicate any product in the market.

For Mitsubishi and its high sporty coupes, that that North America’s car be different from that of markets. Whether or not we lost out on your preferences. We had our Eclipse had its FTO (Fresh Touring

With a funny name that it could only be a market item (not to be with the sporty Galant from the 70’ which meant Turismo Omologato) .  The FTO was originally to be a Japan only car but demand in the UK the form of marketing prompted Mitsubishi to the car officially in parts of the UK and New Zealand of all

Why there was so much demand any number of home-grown coupes offered performance and arguably looks? FTO was about the size of an Eclipse and a similar mission, but unlike the generation Diamond Star it could be had with a V6 that 197 hp at its most powerful and was right drive only.  Otherwise, the range was textbook Mitsubishi an entry-level GS. and a middle and top GR and GPX respectively.

The GR were very similar to the GS in that it was sometimes difficult to the difference from it and the top model GPX close inspection.

1996 FTO GS

The FTO was rather conventional in aspects. It was a front wheel four passenger coupe seated two comfortably. It was somewhat with organic lines recall the crossing of a  bloated and the Nissan GTR.  The design was ahead of its time and counter to trends of the 90’s. The odd proportions both clunky and substantial in a sort of way.

That might explain why it was to be a JDM product only, but would not the big demand in the UK on looks alone.  The departure from the US Eclipse was the and engine line up.  The a more proper coupe in that it had a trunk vs. the hatch of the Eclipse. It also featured a V6 vs. turbocharged fours.

The Eclipse abandon turbocharging for V6 power in shortly after the FTO was canceled.

Of the basic versions, the GS was often down stripped down manual roll up windows and a 1.8 l engine. With 123 hp, it was the economy of the bunch. The two other models with a 2.0 l V6s. At the time of it was one of the smallest sixes available still is). In the middle was the GR 168 hp.

Besides having larger and fog lights, it came with all the that could be expected power windows, air etc.  The top the GPX featured advance valve timing from the same 24 valve V6, but 197 hp.  The small V6 would some of the car#8217;s appeal in where taxes are levied on with engines larger 2 liters. There were few cars in the world with small then or now.

distinction made the hot FTO the fruit of sports coupes in like England where the were more severe.

Vs. the the FTO used more advance especially in the use of its transmission. The 5 speed was standard Mitsubishi fare, but the was a semi auto. Basically a type system that for steering wheel mounted without a clutch or could be to a full auto operation. It was in that it sensed the terrain and shifts accordingly.

The Eclipse on the other hand had a 4 speed automatic system 5 speed manual systems similar).

1999 Mitsubishi FTO GR

Mitsubishi FTO

The lauded for its handling prowess. On the FTO looked impressive, but in actual it was slightly better than of the road in some ways and suited as a grand tourer than all out brawler. Even with its weight and nearly 200 hp it was not the quickest car in its with a 0 to 60 time of 7 seconds. The V6 allowed for a smooth uneventful delivery all the way up to 140 mph top speed.

By contrast powered Eclipses were for slight turbo lag and then a rush of high revving The FTO, unlike the Eclipse was a original design. It was never shared by any car like the partnership that the Eclipse.

  Despite its unique and exclusivity, it was the turbocharged Eclipses won the most acclaim for Mitsubishi in the coupe wars.

It’s arguable as to which better, but judging by sales the Eclipse was by far the hands down The FTO was Japan’s Car of the Year in the year it enjoyed the highest numbers. A number of special cars were introduced the award in 94#8242;.

Some by race car drivers, others special paint and plaques. special editions were on the GPX model, which was replaced by the lightweight, almost stripped GPR after 1997. In 97’ a mild enlarged the front air intake of all making them look more aggressive.

FTO Interior

the use of cheap plastic persisted like the Eclipse) and was mostly Even after a few special the numbers went down in half each year the end in 2000. By that time the generation Eclipse was about to down.

There was a experimental version of the FTO called FTOEV which set a in 1999 for traveling 1,200 in 24 hours. The lessons learned the FTO were passed down to cars in the Mitsubishi line, its other sport coupe the

Perhaps one of the most influential that the FTO played in the development of  other compact coupe was the move from turbo fours to aspirated sixes. The third entered the scene with a V6 as its top option, just as the production of winding down. The change in a more linear power but unlike the FTO the new Eclipse was and has grown heavier ever since.

  A new be good about now, it could re-introduce the lightweight fun factor that used to be the to the Eclipse, but for everyone this

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