1997 Mitsubishi FTO Version R Aero Series - Facelift Model. White
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FTO Version R Aero Series - Facelift Model.
This is a very rare Version R FTO, in pristine condition, well above the typical quality you'll find in the UK. If you've been looking for an outstanding example of an FTO, you'll find this hard to beat for quality and price! Note this is a 1997 model, so it comes under the lowest current UK road tax bracketing, which can mean a saving of Hundreds of £'s each year!
The FTO is a unique car, with only 13,690 MIVEC examples made between 1994-2000. Official Mitsubishi figures show that only 350 GP Version R's were produced as facelift 1997 models (- Only 30 Version R's were produced in 1998 before production of this model stopped. Information - official figures obtained from Mitsubishi Japan).
FTO Japan market History: In 1995 the FTO won the prestigious Japanese Car of the Year award - the first time a sports car had done this since Toyota's MR2 ten years earlier in 1984. Despite being front wheel drive, the FTO handles very well, with excellent balance and poise. It's been compared to the DC2 Integra Type R, which is considered by many to be the no. 1 best handling FWD ever made, although the FTO is more refined and arguably prettier too! The Mivec engine is a 24 valve V6 with variable valve timing. There's good low down torque available, or the unmistakable howl this car makes at higher revs (Especially with a good uprated exhaust and induction kit!)Facelift models are of better spec. than pre 1997 models. However, due to there being no model report available for MIVEC models, from 2004 April till now, it's not been possible to import these to the UK. This example, being 10 years old in July of this year, is only the 2nd facelift example we have sourced in over 3 years - and by far the best one as most FTO's we see are sad tired examples which we wouldn't consider importing to UK!
Features: The Version R Aero Series - Facelift model is the rarest most sought after of all FTO models, for good reasons! This is the lightweight model which Mitsubishi built with reduced sound deadening, a lightweight air conditioning system, Limited slip differential, Rallyart strut brace, HID headlights, Signature high backed sports seats (In red or blue, depending on exterior colour), Momo 3 spoke SRS steering wheel, a unique rear spoiler and Version R detail emblems, including one for the front bumper on the passenger side. View http://www.versionr.com/ for more details! Equipment also includes: Tinted glass, power windows, power steering, remote controlled door mirrors, central locking, tinted windows, rear screen integrated radio aerial, adjustable wipers, tilt adjustable steering column and facelift front bumper.Improvements: This car's been improved with some mild modifications in the form of an Apexi N1 cat back exhaust (Sporty without being obtrusive), 17" alloys with recently fitted Yokohama Advan Sports tyres and an earthing kit to maximise spark plug performance. We test drove this car thoroughly and found it drives beautifully - as it should for a low mileage example. It's got a very eager engine which pulls hard in the MIVEC zone, right up to the redline, with a satisfying rasp. The factory fitted LSD provides excellent traction, whilst the suspension allows you to really throw the car into corners with confidence! Gearbox is sweet, and brakes are excellent too. This drives like a new new car. Note in the boot there's a car cover, yet another sign of the great care this car's had lavished on it. Inside, there's a 200W Pioneer head unit (Supplied Free withthe car). There's an unsightly hole, so we'll be supplying a 1 DIN cubby box to go with this car.
Auction grade is 4 (Auction sheet is available upon request). Usually, most FTO's are in poor condition, nowadays - this is the most exceptional example we've come across for a long time! Being a non-smoker's car, there are no burn marks to report and as it's very low mileage, the seats aren't worn much either. Prior to photographing, we carefully washed and inspected the bodywork. As pictures show, this car's immaculate - There's just a minor blemish near the rear corner on the driver's side (Hard to photograph as it's white), but in any case, we'll be putting this right as part of full UK preparation.
This FTO GP Version R has now arrived and is available for viewing at indoor showroom in Norfolk. Available at £5,995 ew MOT, fully valetted, in perfect condition, complete with 6 month's road tax and full UK registration. A comprehensive 12 month UK warranty is included also. ALternatively, if you'd like to complete your own UK registration 0 it's available at just £4,995!
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