Mitsubishi FTO GP V6

The Mitsubishi FTO was an attractive-looking front-engined, front-wheel drive sports car produced from the mid-nineties up until 2000.

Originally the Mitsubishi FTO was only intended for the domestic Japanese market, however its popularity as a grey import into several right-hand drive countries led to it being officially imported and sold through Mitsubishi dealerships in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand.

Mitsubishi FTO
The FTO's name stands for "Fresh Touring Origination", a nod to the Galant FTO from the '70s.

The Mitsubishi FTO's tiptronic transmission option called the INVECS II, used a computer control system to monitor the drivers gearchanges, the transmission then adapted its shift points to suit the driving style adopted by the driver.

As well as the transverse V6 engine option there were also lower spec 4 cylinder FTO models offered. Several special edition models were also produced.

Despite only ever being offered with a FWD layout, the Mitsubishi FTO's styling gives it a classic wide-rear arch RWD appearance. During its short production span the FTO won several awards, including Car of the Year in Japan, and Best Used Sports Car by the British Auto Trader awards in 2007.

Year (of specifications) 1994 - 2000
Engine 2.0 litre V6
Transmission 5 speed manual FWD
Max speed 140 mph
0-60 mph 7.2 seconds
Horsepower 200 hp @ 7000 rpm
weight 1199 kgs / 2645 lbs

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