What's New for 1999
The 1999 3000GT sees some styling changes and a few choice pieces of standard equipment, including antilock brakes and a power sunroof for the SL. Last year for this once proud supercar.
There are many competent sports cars on the market today. They combine blazing speed with deft handling and luxurious interiors. While they all compete within the same segment, most have a distinct flavor of their own. Unfortunately for Mitsubishi, the 3000GT is showing its age these days, and good looks will take you only so far. Available in three trim levels (Base, SL and VR-4), the 1999 3000GT sports a new style with its redesigned greenhouse and all-new front and rear styling appointments. Additionally, the VR-4 gets a spiffy rear spoiler, enhancing its grand touring sports car image.
The 3000GT base model's engine produces a measly 161 horsepower and 185 foot-pounds of torque (hardly more than the base Eclipse) which doesn't excite consumers shopping for a vehicle with lively performance.The SL is powered by a twin-cam 3.0-liter V6 that pumps an adequate 222 horsepower through the front wheels. With the 3000GT's mass, the SL gets up to 60 mph in a somewhat dawdling 8.5 seconds, but it shines brightly in the braking and cornering arenas. Additionally, the SL comes standard with leather seating, antilock brakes and a power sunroof, all of which conspire to make the SL quite appealing.
All-wheel drive, a twin-turbo V6 and gobs of torque characterize the 3000GT VR-4. The VR-4 offers blistering acceleration, but due to its hefty curb weight, suffers slight reductions in braking and cornering ability over the more subdued SL. While most snowbelt enthusiasts preferred the 3000GT VR-4 for its added practicality in the past, the SL may be all they need and more this year.