FTO

1994

FTO

The FTO sport coupe was launched in October 1994. Anteceded by the Galant FTO launched in 1971 as a younger brother of the Galant GTO, and as a younger brother of the GTO that debuted in 1990, the new FTO was developed as a model that gave ready access to sports car performance. A nimble coupe, the FTO was instantly identifiable as a sport model by its very, for a Mitsubishi Motors' model, curved design and by its long deck, wide track and short wheelbase proportions. Front and rear overhangs were pared to the minimum and overall height was kept low to achieve superior driving dynamics and present a road-hugging appearance. Top trim levels used a 2.0 L V6 MIVEC engine that powered it to a "fastest machine in its sport car class" label at the time. This was mated to Mitsubishi Motors' new INVECS-II Sport Mode automatic transmission that employed Learning Control feature to tailor gear shifting timing to the preferences and driving abilities of individual drivers. It also featured Japan’s first Sport Mode on a Japanese-built car allowing enthusiast drivers to shift up and down as if it was a manual gearbox. A car that delivered fun-to-drive qualities in abundance, the FTO was selected 1994-95 Japan Car of the Year.

Overall length 4320 mm
Overall width 1735 mm
Overall height 1300 mm
Engines 1.8 L, 2.0 L