1990–1993 #Z16A Mitsubishi 3000 GT .( 8615)1built
First generation Mitsubishi models were internally designated Z16A and incorporated full-time four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering, active aerodynamics with automatically adjusting front and rear spoilers, sport/tour exhaust modes and electronically controlled suspension (ECS).The GTO, 3000GT and #Stealth featured pop-up headlights and articulated blister caps on the hood to accommodate the ECS controllers at the top of the strut turrets. The Dodge Stealth featured a signature cross-hair front bumper fascia and crescent-shaped rear spoiler — and did not include active aerodynamics. Mitsubishi models featured a front active air dam on #3000GT VR4, discontinued on later models.
Only US 3000GT models could be configured with front (FWD) rather than all-wheel drive (AWD). In Japan, the base GTO SR included AWD; no FWD version was offered in Japan. The GTO SR made the same power as the US spec 3000GT SL and was offered with the same 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic. The JDM did not receive the SOHC V6 standard on the base model US only Dodge Stealth and US spec 3000GT. The JDM received the N/A DOHC V6 and Twin Turbo DOHC V6.
In Europe, only the Twin Turbo model was offered. Unlike the Japanese and US Twin Turbo models, the EU spec model received the 13G turbo engine rated at 280 BHP. Mitsubishi included the 13G turbos for the European Autobahn, making the EU spec GTO Twin Turbo arguably the fastest stock Twin Turbo version. Mitsubishi released a final small edition of 30 first generation GT3000, branded as "Beckenbauer Edition" in 1994, honoring Franz Beckenbauer. All GT3000 Beckenbauer Edition came in yellow and were equipped with Remus sports exhaust, OZ Futura rims, HKS air filter, a model number plate, C-net mobile phone system and a power increase to 294 kW (400 hp). All 30 were signed by Beckenbauer.