Sunday, July 31, 2011

1992 Mitsubishi Galant VR-4 - Zzzzzzzzzzz (Sleeper)

Another great sleeper...

Like a number of other sleepers I've posted, this car was developed for rallying. Back in 1991, the FIA required that a manufacturer sell a minimum of 5000 cars before it qualified as a Group A rally car. Mitsubishi built 5000 of these and 3000 wound up in the US (2000 in 1991, 1000 in 1992).

The FIA also required that the cars have turbocharged engines of 2.0 liters and be four-wheel drive.

The Galant's 1997cc engine developes 237 HP. It goes from 0-60 in 7 seconds. It has a top speed of over 130 MPH. Besides AWD, it has a form of four-wheel steering. It will run with - or out run - any similar European sedan.

Besides its very impressive performance numbers, the best thing about this car is that it's a Mitsubishi Galant. It's about as anonymous a car as you'll ever find. Only car geeks and JDM fans will know what this car is and how well it performs.

This car - number 33 of the 1000 sent to the US in 1992 - is an unmolested, original car. The seller says it's rust free and has just one minor "ding" on the body. It has 155,000 miles on it and is said to be in good mechanical condition.

If a high-performance, low profile sedan is what you're after, a Galant VR-4 can't be beat.

Located in Lowell, MA, click here to see the eBay listing.

A big thanks to JaCG reader, Brandon, for sending me the link to this car.


Anonymous said...

If you like turbo, AWD DSM cars, but don't like the attention that an arrest-me-red car generally attracts from the fuzz, here's your car. Literally, these cars are considered proto-DSMs due to the number of shared parts and that awesome 4G63T engine.

Graham Clayton said...

I attended the Australian round of the FIA World Rally Championship a couple of times in the mid-1990's, so this car brings back a lot of . memories. The Galant VR4 was probably the most popular car used by the privateer entrants in those rallies.