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Mitsubishi FTO
The Mitsubishi FTO, is a front engined, front-wheel drive coupe produced by Mitsubishi Motors between 1994 and 2000. It was originally planned to be exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, although its popularity as a grey market import to the United Kingdom, Ireland, and New Zealand led to eventual limited distribution through Mitsubishi's official dealers in those countries. Upon its debut it won the Car of the Year Japan award for 1994–95.

FTO stands for "Fresh Touring Origination". The name recalls the Galant FTO coupe of 1971, one of the company's first sports cars.

The only body style was a 2-door coupe, and all FTOs were front wheel drive. Either a straight-4 or a transversely mounted V6 engine was available, mated to either a 5-speed manual or INVECS-II semi-automatic transmission. Earlier models had a four-speed version, whilst the post-facelift versions had a five-speed.

In commemoration of its win at the Car of the Year Japan awards in 1994, Mitsubishi introduced a limited production of the GPX Limited Edition model. It can be identified by its dandelion yellow paint scheme and "'94–95 Japan Car of the Year" emblems on the outer surface of the car's C-pillar. It also has a rear screen wiper and limited slip differential as standard. Less than 500 of these are believed to have been produced.

Cars built after August 1997 are regarded as facelift models, although the only exterior change was to the front bumper, which gained a larger air intake, deeper front splitter and restyled housings for the supplementary lights.

The facelift also brought the GP Version R. This model was produced in white, red or black only. It featured HID headlamps, blue, black or red front seats, uprated suspension, limited slip differential,and a different rear spoiler in addition to the GPX specification. As this model was to be light weight, items such as side skirts, front fog lights, climate control, electric folding mirrors and sound insulation were left out.

An experimental electric version of the FTO was produced (called the FTOEV), utilizing high-performance lithium-ion batteries, and set a record when it covered 2,000 kilometers (1,200 mi) in 24 hours in December 1999.

The FTO won the Car of the Year Japan award for 1994–95 upon its debut, awarded in December 1994. It was also voted Best Used Sports Car at the British Auto Trader Awards in November 2007.
Mitsubishi FTO Specs
The Mitsubishi FTO GS is a 1.8, single overhead camshaft, 16 valve straight-4 engine and has a peak power of 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) at 6,000 rpm.

The Mitsubishi FTO GR has a 2.0l, double overhead camshaft and a 24 valve V6 engine and a peak power of 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) at 7,000 rpm.

The Mitsubishi FTO GX Sports Package and the Mitsubishi FTO GX Sports Package Aero Series have 2.0l, double overhead camshaft and 24 valve V6 engines and a peak power of 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp) at 7,000 rpm.

The Mitsubishi FTO GPX, Mitsubishi FTO GP Version R and the Mitsubishi FTO GP Version R Aero Series all have 2.0l, double overhead camshaft, MIVEC (Mitsubishi Innovative Valve timing Electronic Control system), 24 valve V6 engines and all have a peak power of 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp) at 7,500 rpm.
 

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Mitsubishi should resurrect the FTO. This time, however, make it RWD, and base it off of a shortened Lancer Evolution chassis with its power-train, to have it compete with the upcoming Subaru version of the FT-86. It's a shame us Yanks never got this car.
 

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It looks a lot better in real life than the pictures suggest. A relative of one of my neighbours has a white one. The high revving V6 sounds sweet.
 

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I've always thought the FTO was the best that Mitsubishi could do in terms of styling and design. Sleek and sexy.

The Mitsubishi GTO came in second.
 

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I remember reading a euro magazine in 2000 where they had 3 cars rumbling next to a blood boiling, heart stomping, end it all comparison.

On one hand Celica, on the other a Mitsubishi GTO, and on the third hand a Ranault, because French are mutants.

The Celica was second and the GTO was last.

Good read Motor.
 

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