WEEKLY MO­TOR FIX: 1991 MIT­SUBISHI GTO

NZ Performance Car - - The Motorhood -

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not of­ten you get to drive, let alone own, the car that you’ve idol­ized since you were a teen. But NZ Per­for­mance Car’s Rene Ver­meer is able to do just that with his 1991 Mit­subishi GTO.

I’ve owned a lot of cars in my short time on this var­i­ous-coloured globe called earth. I’ve owned most Ja­panese makes and mod­els, and even a cou­ple of Euro­pean icons, such as the Audi 90 Qu­at­tro that I had for my first car. Given I’ve owned at least 30 cars, you must be won­der­ing why I’ve ended up with such a be­he­moth ve­hi­cle — this 1991 Mit­subishi GTO twin-turbo man­ual.

If you’re read­ing this, you’ve most likely played the iconic and orig­i­nal Gran Turismo One on the first PlaySta­tion plat­form re­leased, and you’ll have a good un­der­stand­ing of how sought af­ter th­ese Ja­panese su­per­cars were. The sleek coupé wasn’t short on power for its time: its large 3000cc V6 en­gine with two TD-04 tur­bos, two in­ter­cool­ers, and four tailpipes all helped the GTO churn out an ex­tremely im­pres­sive 206kW, and a mon­strous, diesel-like 427Nm of torque at 2700rpm and a measly 7psi of boost. What this torque equates to is a 1600kg-odd ve­hi­cle that can ac­cel­er­ate to 100kph in 5.5 sec­onds and run the quar­ter mile in 13.8 sec­onds, which is not bad go­ing for a fac­tory brick ...

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