Mitsubishi 3000GT: October’s Car of the Month

Back with our next Car of the Month, a Japanese warrior on the road and track. From the wide selection of modifications to the unique design, this lovable sports car sometimes gets a little less credit than it deserves. Let’s go into some of the reasons why this Mitsubishi is a nice addition to the Car of the Month lineup.

Under the Hood

With the Japanese sports car market booming, there was no better time to release the 3000GT. Bursting out of the Mitsubishi manufacturing line, it set out to compete with popular opponents such as the Supra and 300ZX. Coming complete with 4WD and 222 horses on the base model, and a sub 6 second 0-60 for the high end VR-4 model, the 3000GT posed to be a worthy challenger among the rival Japanese engines.

Speaking of Challengers, the 3000GT was rebadged as the Dodge Stealth. Personally I don’t really like the look of the Stealth, but the 3000GT also goes by the Mitsubishi GTO which seems to be the more popular version, and it doesn’t look too bad. The 3000GT is at the top though, because it pairs the 90s Japanese car styling (most present at the back) with a more subtle yet aggressive looking front.

First generation 3000GT’s also contained something called Active Aero which, um, we don’t talk about. Let’s just say that it was more gimmicky than functional. All cars have their mistakes however, and this is one of the low few that the 3000GT has.

Community

As of today the modding community is still pretty active, and finding parts shouldn’t be a big issue. There are multiple tuning options out there to make your 3000GT a track beast or a drag monster, and there are some reported cases of achieving 1000+hp! The only time I’ve ever seen one with those numbers was back in the first Gran Turismo game, on the original PlayStation. Through multiple parts, you could get the GTO Twin Turbo to some serious speeds, but I never thought it would be possible in real life. Imagine the gas mileage.

In terms of the 3000GT buying market there’s quite the selection, so getting your hands on one shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. Oh, and in 2017 there was a 3000GT VR-4 on sale for $500,000! Despite being gone now, it even went up to 1 BILLION in cost. Take a look here if you want to learn more, it’s an absolutely hilarious situation.

Why it’s Car of the Month

The 3000GT deserves the title of Car of the Month because it holds a certain piece of sports car history that can never be replicated, and while it’s not as popular as a Supra, it still displays the same qualities in it’s own way.

Congratulations, 3000GT

The Scoring Board

Performance: 4-8.5 | Luxury: 3.5 | Looks: 8

Performance: Why it gets a 4-8.5

The 3000GT gets a 4-8.5 in Performance because you can easily modify it from stock power to an insane 600 or even 1000hp. Sure, it won’t turn easily with that power, but the drag strip becomes trivial.

Luxury: Why it gets a 3.5

The 3000GT gets a 3.5 in Luxury because let’s be honest, that’s not what it’s built for and it shows. However, the interior works fine since a luxurious ride isn’t the point of buying a 90s Japanese sports car. I’m sure that with enough left over money from that quad turbo you put on the car, you could spruce up the inside.

Looks: Why it gets an 8

The 3000GT gets an 8 in Looks. Reread paragraph 3 if you don’t know why.


Image Credits

All images: Mitsubishi, Mad4Wheels

The Camry Collection, Part 1

I know. Although it’s not really as fast or interesting as some of the other cars I’ve discussed recently, the Toyota Camry plays an important role in many people’s daily lives, with millions upon millions being sold in its lifetime.

Today I’ll be ranking my top 20 favorite models of Camry. I was initially going to rank all of the generations, but upon realizing how many there were in total, (including facelifts, special editions, and the Thailandese models to name a few), I had to settle for top 20. So grab the wheel (and paddle shifters apparently when it comes to the more recent models) and drive through my selection.

Feel free to look up these generation numbers and see how your ranking compares.

The Rankings

20. XV40

Eh. That pretty much sums up what I think when I see this generation. It looked kind of awkward in my opinion, like it didn’t really know what it wanted to be. Some might say “At least there’s still the reliability that comes with the Camry name!”, but in this case, they might be wrong. Certain model years had an engine problem where the car would rapidly accelerate for no apparent reason, which, you know, could be a hazard for traffic and your life. Luckily, there was a recall for this. So if you own an XV40, get your hands on one of the replacement brake systems!

19. V10

While a V10 engine Camry has never come out of the factory, we still have the V10 generation Camry which was the first generation of them all. With a need to globally compete against the Accord, an army of sedan and liftback models spread outwards from Japan. The life of the Camry had begun. In terms of sheetmetal, it followed that 80s boxy look, which was quite unremarkable.

18. V20

With the V20 the Camry took a step forward in minor improvements. Still being pretty bland looking, I think that the late 80s Accord wins the points for design this time around. Also it was rebadged as a Holden, so I guess that counts for something.

17. V30

While the rest of the world got to sit with the V20, Japan exclusively got the V30 models, which completely reworked the outer designing. It had that long back light which sort of fizzled out in the 90s but has been greatly reemerging in recent years.

16. XV10

Have you ever wanted a widebody Camry without messing around the parts market, straight out of the factory? Well, here you go. Except replace widebody with “slightly wider V30 body”, and you get the XV10, a V30 for the rest of the world. It’s not anything too special, but the term “widebody Camry” definitely helps bring it to 16th.

15. V50

If you didn’t know, most of the above models could also be purchased under the name of “Toyota Vista”, a simpler version of the Camry which cost a little less. Despite the V50 being a Camry generation, it was only sold as a Vista. It came in your standard sedan body, and also came in the Ardeo form, which was a wagon. It looks great, but it builds off of the…

14. V40

…which saw significant design changes from the V30 and XV10, placing it higher. It became more blocky, but not in the bland 80s styling. It’s too bad that the Accord looked really close to it at the time, making it less distinct in the midsize sedan segment.

13. XV50

There’s a pretty visible difference between this and the XV40, so I guess that’s nice. It just doesn’t really look too good to me. It was the first Camry to feature paddle shifters on the SE models and above, which seems a little unnecessary on a Camry, but it’s a cheap way to practice your shifts when you’re off the track for those trackdayers out there (not really). Overall it still looks better than the XV40, but I won’t mention the facelift, as there’s a higher place on the list for that…

12. XV40 Prestige

Congratulations Toyota, you made the XV40 look good, even if that meant making it resemble nothing like an American XV40. Prestige model Camrys are completely redesigned to fit a luxury market, because in Asia, the Camry is a luxury fullsize sedan! Talk about changes. Gone are the days of compact Celica-Camry! Anyways, it looks good, and it’s too bad that it isn’t offered in America.

11. XV30

Where I live, this thing is everywhere. It looks nice enough, runs reliably for a very long time, and had a complete redesign from the XV20. The new platform it was on is the K Platform, which was used on the Highlander and Sienna as well. It may have placed higher on my list, but you’ll see.

10. Celica Camry

Here it is: the car that started it all. In 1979, the Celica gained a four door model on its lineup, with the Camry name attached. While it doesn’t look like much, I appreciate it for starting the popular Camry lineup, even if that comes in the form of a car 1/3 longer (Prestige). And with that, I put the list to a close until the next part, happy driving everyone!

Image Credits

All Images: Toyota, Mad4Wheels

Koenigsegg Quant: An Abandoned Project

Only three of these sun-fueled concept Koenigseggs exist, which is too bad.

Time to talk Koenigsegg, however, today isn’t about the upcoming Gemera or the insane top speed of the Jesko Absolut, but rather a step back to 2009. A new, creative model was in the development stage, and concepts were already being shown to the public. So…

…What Happened?

As I’m sure many of you know, Koenigsegg is a Swedish car manufacturer known for producing some of the fastest hypercars on the planet. In 2009, with the Agera’s debut on the horizon, another project was at hand.

The Koenigsegg Quant, a four seater solar powered sports car, was being created in the development stage. Koenigsegg partnered up with NLV Solar to make the car, a company whose technology would allow it to harness solar energy as a source of power. With a suggested top speed of 170mph and a claimed range of 300 miles, the Quant was in theory, amazing.

Design wise, the car is… interesting? I haven’t really formed an opinion yet on the design, but I think it’s been growing on me. The only thing that really indicates that it’s a Koenigsegg is the front bumper. Also, Hyundai apparently wasn’t the only manufacturer to provide an intriguing door setup a decade ago, as the Quant had two gullwing doors, providing access to both front and back seats.

It’s sad to say that the Quant never left concept form, as NLV abandoned the project. In 2014-15, the Quant F and Quant E hit the show floor as concepts, but that didn’t seem to revive the project. Seeing as NLV is out of business now, I doubt we’ll see another Quant anytime soon, if ever.

If the project had actually been produced, I think it would have been a nice success. Does the bankruptcy of NLV mean the end of solar power for Koenigsegg? I hope not. Maybe applying solar power to future hypercars could generate unheard of top speeds? If anyone could figure out how to boost performance of their cars through solar energy, I couldn’t see Koenigsegg stepping away from the challenge.

Image Credits

All Images: Koenigsegg, Mad4Wheels