The Mitsubishi 3000GT Was So Ahead of It’s Time That We Forgot It

In modern days, we love to see cars with futuristic tech and features we’ve never seen before. Tesla is a great example of this — a brand that features the latest tech, cool Easter eggs that you don’t see in any other cars, and spaceship-like features. But, there is a point in time where cars become so ahead of their time that people lose interest or even forget about them all together. That seems to be the unfortunate case with one of Mitsubishi‘s coolest cars ever, the 3000GT.

The Mitsubishi 3000GT

The Mitsubishi 3000GT is one of the most underrated cars out there. It’s odd styling set it apart from many of the cars of its time, even from other options in the manufacturer’s lineup. It did this in a good way, making it stand out from the crowd and helping it to age well like many of the iconic Fast and Furious generations of cars have.

1997 Mitsubishi 3000GT SL front 3/4 | Cars and Bids

A car ahead of it’s time

It isn’t news to most Mitsubishi fans that the 3000GT had tech well before it’s time. The car features many options that you see now in a high-end sports car but is still upgrades for many newer models on the road. It had electric windows, an electric sunroof, and even electrically operated pop-up headlights, and while that might not seem very impressive, it was for a car 30 years ago. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.

Active aero features are something that has become increasingly popular with supercars, like spoilers that adjust at speed by raising and lowering, and — you guessed it — the Mitsubishi 3000GT had it. If you weren’t impressed by that, it also had a feature that is becoming surprisingly more notable in cars only in the recent future: the ability to adjust the loudness of the exhaust at the press of a button. That button could open or close a flap within the exhaust system to muffle noise when appropriate.

1997 Mitsubishi 3000GT SL rear 3/4 | Cars and Bids

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More to the car than that

There was still more that the Mitsubishi 3000GT had to offer. Adjustable suspension is common in many performance-oriented luxury vehicles today, but it was a rarity decades ago when you had to choose between a stiffer performance suspension or a softer comfort suspension. The Mitsubishi 3000GT had the ability to choose between the two at the press of a button, picking between what we now recognize as sport mode and comfort mode.

1997 Mitsubishi 3000GT SL interior | Cars and Bids

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While many of these features have continued on with other car manufacturers, it is still uncommon to see them. Higher-end luxury and sports cars now boast the feature as selling points, but we too often forget that the Mitsubishi 3000GT was already ahead of the game.