It Is Not Our Duty To Love Old Mitsubishis But We Do Anyway

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There are no perfect cars, but there are some that shine in their imperfections. Goofy cars, oddball cars, cars that make less and less sense the more you look at them. You know, Mitusbishis.

I have only ever driven one Mitsubishi I really fell for, an old Plymouth-branded Arrow, stripped and caged with a four-cylinder pulled out of a Colt rally car. The carbs were bigger than the block, at least as I remember it. The steering wheel took up half the cabin, the seat was houndstooth, and all the car wanted to do was make cool noises and go sideways. It was very orange. It felt so strange to be in such a treat of a car that wasn’t a Toyota, a Honda, a VW, an... anything. It was (?) a Mitsubishi, a car outside.


Mitsubishis are like that here in America. We got the Evo late, and never got cool things like the Delica, the Pajero Evo, the FTO. We got the Eclipse, which everyone seems to have some memory of, fond but flawed. Everyone was always breaking down in one, winning some stoplight drag race in one, banging their head into the liftback in one. Their days are over. Hell, all of Mitsubishi’s days may soon be over here.

It’s fun, then, to get a look at how the rest of the world saw Mitsubishis, here with a little tour of one enthusiast’s collection in Ireland.

This is a nice video from JuiceboxForYou, which normally wastes my afternoons talking about rusty Corollas and Hondas, like most of the rest of the internet. Seeing a tour of increasingly over-the-top Evos is a treat. You get to see sky-high wings from parts companies called “buzzspeed” and ornate bumpers that would make a Need For Speed: Underground menu blush.


These cars, particularly the Mirage hatchbacks, were never welcomed into wide adoration, but were always some kind of fringe. Disposable. Used and used up. Tuned within an inch of destruction, and then taken beyond. I adore them.

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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Looks like it’s time to post old Mitsubishis again, from when they made cars (and nuclear reactors) instead of appliances (and settlements.)


The original GTO. Available from 1970 with an unheard of for the time 5 speed manual, a 2L 4G52 making over 125PS net. (Dual carbs, leaded gas, and a fuckton of compression does that.)

The Galant VR4 before there was a VR4. Because contrary to what you might have been told, Mitsubishi in the 1980's was completely batshit. The Lambda GSR Turbo pictured here packed a 4G63T under the hood. Yes, THAT 4G63T. And it’s rear-wheel drive with a 4-link rear suspension to boot.

PISTACHIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! It’s the Kei that absolutely isn’t. Oh, it’s a Minica under the skin... with a deliberately under-rated 4A31 making 80HP and 80ft/lbs of torque after Mitsubishi shaved it down to 1,550lbs. I mean, yeah, it was the first production GDI car with Automatic Start/Stop and got an unheard of 3.33l/100km (84MPG!!) but 80HP in a Kei because fuck you we’re Mitsubishi.

This 1987 Mitsubishi Lancer Turbo heard you talking shit. Come say that to it’s DOHC headed 4G61T making 147HP in 2,000lbs. If you dare.

You WILL respect the Diamante here on Jalopnik. It was the most technologically advanced sedan in the world period. A 1990 could be had with 6G73 (2.5L 24v version of the 6G72) with AWD, All-Wheel Steering, autonomous cruise control, electrically controlled skid and traction control, yaw-control, and a CD player! You had to wait till ‘95 for the satellite navigation, HUD, distance and lane-keeping, and the world’s first 5 speed Tiptronic transmission.


We put an Evo drivetrain in this because FUCK YOU THAT’S WHY. -Mitsubishi
No. SERIOUSLY. This is the RVR Hyper Sports Gear-R. Which has a slightly detuned Evo III’s drivetrain.

Eating pedestrians before Mustangs did it. The real difference is this one can choose when to do so.