The Galant which was launched in 1987 didn't look like a performance car, with its dull, boxy shape. However, in VR-4 form it was a formidable rally car, with Pentti Arikkala driving the car to victory in the British Lombard-RAC Rally. The car was packed with high-tech gadgetry in a way only Mitsubishi knew how. Its Active Four system had 4WD, four-wheel steer which would alter the rear wheel angle by up to 1.5 degrees under 32mph (51km/h), plus anti-lock brakes and all-round independent suspension with MacPherson struts up front and double wishbones at the rear. Also fitted was electronically controlled suspension, with the world's first active ride in a production car, and it used electronic valves in the shocks to limit roll in corners and pitch during acceleration or braking. The multi-valve, twin-cam engine used an intercooled turbo which in rally form could hit 290bhp (216kW).
Mitsubishi Galant VR4 Specifications
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