1996 Mitsubishi 3000GT and Spyder
Press Release with Specs and Options
‘96 MITSUBISHI 3000GT & SPYDER PROVIDE HIGH PERFORMANCE, EXOTIC
New Color Choices & Panic/Security Feature Offered
In the ‘95 model year, Mitsubishi Motors extended its 3000GT grand
touring sports car line to include its new flagship, the 3000GT
retractable hardtop convertible. With both the 3000GT and Spyder
demonstrating exotic styling cues and high performance, the new
possess interior enhancements that provide additional comfort and
For ‘96, both Spyder (SL and VR-4) and 3000GT SL and VR-4 hardtop
vehicles receive a new tan or black leather trim interior that enhances
grand touring sports car ambiance, as well as a new panic feature
entry and security system that adds a touch of personal confidence
comes to vehicle entry and exit.
“The stylish exterior shared by the retractable hardtop convertible
Spyder and 3000GT has been known to get the ‘thumb’s up’ sign from
on the road,” says Kevin Ormes, group vice president, sales and
“With the luxurious feel of the new tan or black leather trim interior,
coupled with the new panic/security system feature, it’s the occupant
3000GT Spyder or 3000GT who gets the ultimate enjoyment in grand
Mitsubishi Motors has realized satisfying sales performance from
3000GT over the years, most recently having outsold the Mazda RX-7,
Supra, Nissan 300ZX -- combined -- at the end of 1994 with 15,230
Today, the 3000G1 remains the number one import nameplate in its
“With the introduction of 3000GT Spyder, the survivor
of the fittest got
even stronger in the premium sports car jungle,” notes Ormes. “And
that specific segment, 3000GT Spyder is arousing the curiosity of
buying public and increasing our dealers’ showroom traffic.”
Spyder represents a perfect blend of high-performance automotive
computer-controlled retractable hardtop convertible technologies.
Spyder is the newest member of the 3000GT family, comprised of the
and top-of-the-line VR-4 models. Spyder is offered in two performance
-- normally aspirated (3000GT Spyder SL) and twin-turbocharged (3000GT
One of the many attributes of the 3000GT is its remarkably taut,
athletic chassis and rigid body structure -- qualities that could
Mitsubishi Motors along with ASC, Inc. to transform the 3000GT into
“ragtop” convertible. However, MMSA officials decided the 3000GT
transformed into an automobile that could empower the driver to
enjoy a solid
and secure grand touring sports coupe ~ to experience the freedom
of a high-
performance, open-air motoring machine.
For ‘96, 3000GT VR-4 and SL and the Spyder VR-4 and Spyder SL interiors
continue to feature customer-pleasing appointments: driver- and
passenger-side air bags designed to supplement 3-point lap and shoulder
leather seating surfaces; anti-theft system with keyless entry featuring
panic button; automatic-dimming rear view mirror (on Spyder models
Mitsubishi/Infinity• premium audio system with six-disc CD changer
Spyder models, optional on 3000G1 models.
Standard on both Spyder models is the Mitsubishi HomeLink System,
makes it possible to combine three radio frequency transmitter units
door opener/closers for home and office, activators for home security
as well as available home lighting systems) into one unit, next
Spyder’s automatic-dimming day/night rear-view mirror.
An air conditioning system using ozone friendly non-chlorofluorocarbon
(R134a) refrigerant also is standard.
The exterior of the ‘96 3000GT VR-4 is enhanced by 18-inch chrome
wheels. Both Spyders ride on 17-inch chrome alloy wheels, and the
SE are equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, offered with a chrome
option on the SL model.
Both Spyder models feature fixed spoilers, as opposed to the Active
AeroTM speed-sensitive rear spoiler and front air dam of the 3000GT
New-for-’96 exterior colors for the 3000GT, 3000GT VR-4 and 3000GT
include: Solano Black Pearl, Belgium Green Pearl and Superior Amethyst
(Sorrento Red Pearl, Martinique Yellow Pearl and Sable Black have
New-for-’96 exterior colors for the Spyder VR-4 and SE include:
Green Pearl; Solano Black Pearl. Also available are Glacier White
Caracas Red. (Sable Black and Martinique Yellow Pearl have been
‘96 3000GT LINEUP HIGHLIGHTS
3000GT SPYDER: In addition to its attention-getting, computer-controlled
retractable hardtop function, Spyder boasts family attributes of
styling, leadership in performance technology and engineering designed
trouble-free and exhilarating motoring -- along with a perfect blend
luxury and exotic open-air style.
3000GT VR-4: For the serious sports car enthusiast in the upscale
premium GT segment who desires the most aggressive power and sports
handling, the 3000GT VR-4 delivers the full array of ultra high-performance
engine, steering and suspension systems.
3000GT SL As a lower-priced alternative for buyers who appreciate
exotic 3000GT looks and luxury, without the VR-4 attributes of all-wheel
and turbo-charged power, Mitsubishi Motors offers the 3000GT SL.
3000GT: The base 3000GT model includes a standard Mitsubishi/Infinity
eight-speaker premium audio system and a six-disc CD changer option.
and VR-4 models feature a power sliding sunroof option, while 3000GT
offered only with a fixed roof.
The ‘96 3000GT, 3000GT SE and Spyder SE feature a normally aspirated
3.0-liter, 24-valve, double overhead-cam (DOHC) V6 engine producing
222 hp at
6,000 rpm and 205 ft. lbs. of torque at 4,500 rpm (3000GT and SE
in California achieve a maximum of 218 hp).
Engineering features include: computerized sequential multi-point
electronic fuel injection; a distributorless dual-coil microprocessor
ignition; aluminum alloy cross-flow cylinder heads with pent-roof
chambers; and a variable flow induction system.
Mitsubishi’s Variable Induction Control System (MVIC™) adjusts inlet
ducts for maximum breathing, to broaden and improve the engine’s
MVIC™ utilizes an electronically controlled valve to select
intake manifold runners to suit different engine speeds. The mass
air is directed through short, wide runners at high speeds and via
narrow runners at lower speeds. MVIC™ controls intake air/fuel velocity
enhance throttle response throughout the rpm range.
The 3000GT and 3000GT SL offer a choice of a five-speed manual gearbox
or four-speed automatic transmission. The automatic transmission,
Spyder SL, includes a dual program shifting feature that allows
the driver to
select either “power” or “economy” modes.
An ELC-M™ electronic control engine management computer interacts
between the powerplant and transmission, programming engine power
gear shifting points to best suit power and economy driving modes,
emphasis on smooth, seamless shifts. An electronically activated
clutch provides maximum fuel economy.
The 3000G1 VR-4 and Spyder VR-4 with a German-designed and North
Carolina-built Getrag six-speed manual transmission adds twin-turbocharging
and twin-intercooling to achieve 320 hp at 6,000 rpm and 315 ft.
torque at 2,500 rpm.
3000GT SUSPENSION SYSTEMS
All 3000GTs and Spyders front suspensions utilize dual-damped MacPherson
struts with concentric shock absorbers and negative offset steering
for increased stability. The rear suspension for 3000GT, 3000GT
St and Spyder
St is an independent, multi-link assembly with one upper and two
links, a trailing arm and coil springs concentric with the shock
Standard front and rear stabilizer bars enhance overall handling
body roll during hard cornering.
The independent rear suspension system for the all-wheel-drive 3000GT
VR-4 and Spyder VR-4 is a double wishbone design with trailing arms,
incorporating toe-control links, coil springs and a stabilizer bar.
While sophisticated drivetrain and suspension systems enhance traction,
handling and safety characteristics of the 3000GT VR-4, an Active
system modifies the body shape of the vehicle at high speeds to
force without increasing aerodynamic drag.
At speeds above 50 mph, the Active Aero™ system automatically tilts
rear spoiler 14 degrees and lowers the front air dam three inches,
the exterior shape of the car to decrease the amount of air that
the car, reducing both lift and drag. At speeds below 31 mph, the
automatically repositions to its original angle and the air dam
retracts. The driver can deactivate the system from the automatic
mode via a
3000GT BRAKING SYSTEMS
The 3000GT, 3000GT SL and Spyder SL utilize four-wheel power disc
that feature ventilated rotors for rapid heat dissipation -- reducing
build-up of heat brought about by repeated brake applications and
enhancing braking effectiveness during emergency braking. These
feature large 10.8-inch rotors in front and 10.4-inch rotors in
Mitsubishi’s anti-lock braking system (ABS) is standard on the 3000GT
SL, 3000GT VR-4 and both Spyders.
Wheel speed sensors work in conjunction with a central microprocessor
actuate brake hydraulics to help prevent wheel lock-up during emergency
braking, allowing the driver to firmly control steering.
In addition to possessing ABS, the 3000G1 VR-4 and Spyder VR-4 also
feature substantial four-wheel ventilated disc brakes (12.2 inches
front/11.6 inches for rear) with four-piston front aluminum calipers
piston rear aluminum calipers for improved braking performance,
unsprung weight and better pedal feel.
3000GT STEERING SYSTEMS
For all 3000GT and Spyder models, power-assisted rack-and-pinion
steering provides precise road feedback and quick responsiveness.
In addition, the 3000GT VR-4 and Spyder VR-4 have a four-wheel steering
system that uses a central hydraulic cylinder to steer the rear
wheels via the
suspension toe-control links. When the driver turns the steering
wheel as the
vehicle exceeds 30 mph, hydraulic pressure actuates the rear toe
On the inside of the 3000GT and Spyder, the car’s driver and passenger
experience a luxurious, yet highly efficient cabin that features
front passenger-side air bags designed to supplement the 3-point
The 3000GT cockpit provides the driver with an intimate relationship
with the car’s mechanical and accessory systems and features legible,
friendly positioning of the instruments. A large analog tachometer
to the speedometer. To the right, in a center cluster, are pods
the driver that house analog gauges for easy, quick monitoring of
systems, including temperature and oil pressure.
The dashboard lines in the 3000GT flow down to integrate with the
console and outward to blend gracefully with the door panels. Comfortable,
supportive seating exhibits a high-quality design as well as a luxurious
In addition to housing the driver~ s-side air bag and stereo controls,
leather-wrapped steering wheel provides the driver with a comfortable
the steering wheel.
A Remote Keyless Entry and Security System is standard on the 3000GT
VR-4 and both Spyder models. The system allows power lock/unlock
via the remote transmitter, while a two-stage door lock mechanism
driver to, with one turn of the driver’s door key cylinder, unlock
driver’s-side lock; a second turn of the key cylinder then unlocks
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