Last Call: A Mitsubishi 4000GT needs to be a thing

I stumbled upon this recently and it made my jaw drop. The lines, the color, the background, everything is just so cool! And for a second I really thought this was someone’s one-off 3000GT body kit but unfortunately, it’s just a render. Still, this thing is so sick you have to see the super high-quality pictures here.

The render comes from Matthew Parsons who has done a wonderful job. My only issue is that even though this car makes me drool, it still looks like a 3000GT with a body kit rather than something completely modern. That’s not a bad thing to me but it does mean there’s probably a zero percent chance of it ever happening.

Maybe we can start a go fund me to have someone make the body kit for SEMA?

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My name is Colby Buchanan and I love all things car-related all the way from rusted 240sx's to McLaren Senna's and of course I have a soft spot for American Muscle. You can spot me in my bone stock '06 350z named MackenZ.

11 Comments

  1. I dislike these thin mono brow rear lights that have become fashionable and legal here. Probably I dislike them because they are fashionable and legal? Anyway, they don’t work as DRL neither, you can’t tell the distance at all, purging their original intention.
    This put aside, I like the edgy flame design, but I said that about a BMW’s “flame surfacing” twenty years ago, too, but look what they do today…

  2. The more interesting cars out there the better, but since the demise of the Evo, Mitsubishi is one of those brands that is hard to think about at all in terms of new vehicles. Their niche, in the US at least, seems to be a dealer/financing network that caters to people with dodgy credit that want a new car (see also FCA less Jeep). Having a “halo” car for a brand with that strategy is a heck of a marketing stretch, but Nissan is probably a good way there themselves with the GT-R.

    1. Here in Norway, their niche is the Outlander with hybrid drivetrain. Sold for years already, only evolutionary upgrades. I am not aware of any alternative in that size (Touareg? no hybrid) and price bracket (Cayenne hybrid? double the price) – and adding “hybrid” makes the car actually cheaper, they ceased offering the regular ICE versions.

      Unfortunately, hybrid only means there is an electric motor, too, not an LS swap. On the other hand, the sound of a passing Outlander on electric drive is worth a nod from any fellow cylon.

    2. Here in Norway, their niche is the Outlander with hybrid drivetrain. Sold for years already, only evolutionary upgrades. I am not aware of any alternative in that size (Touareg? no hybrid) and price bracket (Cayenne hybrid? double the price) – and adding “hybrid” makes the car actually cheaper, they ceased offering the regular ICE versions.

      Unfortunately, hybrid only means there is an electric motor, too, not an LS swap. On the other hand, the sound of a passing Outlander on electric drive is worth a nod from any fellow cylon.

  3. My Mitsubishi-motored Hyundai (see what I did there?) is overdue for a timing belt change. I knew that, and my mechanic was super eager to change it – and do a lot of other work – when I talked about buying the car. Now I can’t get a hold of him and summer vacation is approaching at ludicrous speeds. Sigh.

    So I checked our local Hyundai and Mitsubishi shops. The former was unsure how to proceed, got a “you can do it” in reply from me, and will get back to me. The Mitsubishi shop was more confident and threw a number at me: 2700 USD. Yikes. This is not the kind of work I will do myself.

    1. The problem with this job is the removal of all the parts in order to access it. I’m assuming the price you were quoted includes the water pump, belt tensioner, etc. that are usually replaced at the same time, because otherwise it seems high. For only replacing the timing belt, I would expect it to be closer to $800-$900.
      I don’t blame you for not wanting to do it yourself. It’s very time-consuming and if you get it wrong, you could wreck your engine.

      1. You’re correct, I asked them to make it a complete job. The space is quite tight and it’s a massive engine that might need to come out a bit:
        https://i.ibb.co/7Xh8QxH/IMG-20200608-182400.jpg
        Last week, I called the former owner because I couldn’t tell when the belt was changed last. He said it wasn’t done in his 7 years of ownership. And he even hinted that the shipping company which owned the car first didn’t do it either. That would be ~115k miles and 13 years on an original belt. 😳

        1. Modern rubber is amazing…

          I understand this is a daily driver, or else I’d just go and buy a lot of tools and go for it, slowly, night after night: Once the fan/shroud (if on that side), that belt with its pulleys and the engine front cover are out it will look even brighter. In 944 world and probably elsewhere, too, putting a cardboard over the radiator is deemed best practice, this will socialize the dings and reduce the hurt.

          Everybody complaining about the famous “Audi Service Position” clearly didn’t try to wrench in similar spaces yet. Image is Q7 – I don’t like the type of car, but this is so much better than engine-out…

          https://static.cargurus.com/images/site/2014/10/03/10/22/pic-7279552227409964396-1600×1200.jpeg

          1. Yes, it makes some sense with the “ASP” then, but i think the decision having to undo the front for mundane stuff like lightbulb changes is just riling a lot of people.

            It’s not really a daily (yet) because my wife doesn’t trust it and wants to keep the Camry for a bit. But this is really the kind of work I don’t dare starting, and I lack a proper work space, too.

  4. Fantastic rendering work, but it looks like a 30-year old car with some creases in the sheetmetal and lighting updates. The overall shape is still very “90s”.

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