When sports cars like Toyota Supra, Nissan 300 ZX, and Mazda RX-7 were dominating the market in the ’90s, Mitsubishi 3000 GT entered the Japanese market as GTO. Chrysler, which is an American-based automotive company, brought in the Dodge version of it with different styling and speed.
The 3000 in Mitsubishi 3000 GT represents that the Mitsubishi and Chrysler partnership vehicles had 3-liter engines, though we’re guessing.
You must be wondering what sets both the sports cars apart, before we get into more detail, here’s a short answer:
Both sibling cars came into the market the same year (1990) and interestingly enough, they look so similar that you may not be able to differentiate them from afar. However, different rear ends are what make the differentiation easier. Even the nicer models had different rear ends than the base one.
In this article, we’ll look at the engine of different models of this line. Additionally, I’ll tell you why these cars are rare.
Let’s dive into it…
The background of 90’s popular sports cars is that they initially came into the Japanese market as 3000 GTO. This four-seated and two-door car then entered the foreign markets as Mitsubishi 3000 GT. Chrysler, after partnering with this respective company, brought in the same car with similar mechanical but a different body.
When the Dodge in the U.S and U.K imported these cars, it gave it a different name – Stealth.
It’s worth mentioning that it was one of the refined and leading-edge cars of the time. Of course, not everyone could afford to buy them. This is exactly when the base model of Stealth came to light. The company introduced it to close more sales.
As you probably know, base models of the cars come at low prices because they offer fewer goodies. The visuals of the base model were not similar to other variants. In addition to a less powerful engine, it had colored headlight covers and a roof. Moreover, the plastic trim was gray and looked cheaper. Instead of power windows and locks, these two things were manual.
In-depth review of Dodge Stealth RT Twin Turbo:
Which One Is Convertible?
If you want a car with a soft convertible top, you’re only left to go with 3000 GT. The company didn’t offer a convertible variant in Dodge Stealth. Since the top isn’t hard, it’ll cost you serious bucks in case something goes wrong. In the price range, you get this car, there are so many better options. Though, there are no questions about the reliability and the looks.
Why Are Dodge Stealth Or 3000 GT Hard To Find?
Dodge Stealth was discontinued in 1996, while 3000 GT was discontinued in 2000. In addition, none of the companies manufactures any of the models any longer. No unsold models exist for either line. You will only find both the cars on the auction sites. They’re collectibles and you’ll rarely see these cars on the roads.
Comparison Of 3000 GT With Dodge Stealth
There’s no comparison if we look at the cars that were being produced in the 90s era with today’s cars. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that these cars were way ahead of their time, whether it’s their design or the way the company engineered them.
When it comes to comparing Stealth and 3000 GT, first we see that there is no difference in the mechanical. It means the parts of one car can easily be used in the other car. Chrysler only worked on the appearance to make them a different-looking cars.
Let’s have a look at the difference:
|3000 GT||Dodge Stealth|
|Models||Base model, SL, VR4, Spyder (convertible)||Base, R/T, and R/T TT|
|Convertible||Yes – Mistsubishi Eclipse||No|
- Base – 3.0L V6 (6G72) and 164 horsepower
- R/T – 3.0L BU (6G72) and 222 horsepower
- ES – 3.0L BU (6G72) and 222 horsepower
- R/T Turbo – Turbocharged 3.0L V6 300 horsepower
In both the twin-turbo and non-turbo variants of the Stealth and 3000 GT, the engine was a 3.0 liter V6.
- Initially came as GTO (1991), which was only introduced in Japan, an automotive industry that produces quality cars.
- A person who isn’t an automotive enthusiast would not be able to tell the two apart based on their styling
- It competed with Mazda RX-7 and Toyota Supra.
- Partnerships between American companies and automakers around the world have a long history. One of the most notable examples is the Chrysler-Mitsubishi partnership.
- The 3000 GT is not the first vehicle sold under this partnership.