With the Galant VR-4 (Motor Trend’s 1989 Import Car of The Year winner), Lancer Evolution , and the GTO/3000GT grand-touring sports car, Mitsubishi displayed a rebellious streak. The FTO, a front-wheel-drive sports coupe that was initially intended to be sold exclusively in Japan, was positioned between the formidable 3000GT and the Eclipse. The FTO, which comes with three engine options, is less well known than its Evolution and Eclipse brothers, but this just makes it more desirable because so few people are familiar with Mitsubishi’s unique coupe.
The Mitsubishi FTO had three flavors when it was first introduced in Japan in 1994. The standard FTO GS, according to AutoSpeed , had a 1.8-liter, 16-valve, single overhead camshaft (SOHC), four-cylinder engine that produced 123 horsepower. It featured a conventional five-speed manual transmission and an additional four-speed INVECS-II automatic transmission that was adapted from Porsche of Germany’s Tiptronic system (per Motor Biscuit ). In normal mode, the gearbox operates as a true automatic, but the driver has the option to switch to manual mode, which eliminates the need for a foot-activated clutch.