1997 FTO Version R Aero Series - Facelift Model. Pyreness Black
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FTO Version R Aero Series - Facelift Model.
Pyreness Black X08
This vehicle was sourced to fill a specific order for a private customer.
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).
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!
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, front rear Rallyart strut braces, 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 for more details!This car's also been fitted with Sustec Street spec sports dampers, which give a firmer ride than standard. Also fitted are camber adjustable pillow ball top mounts, useful for dialing out any hint of understeer (Original dampers are included and in the boot of the car). 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, with no worn synchros, and brakes are excellent too. Looking beneath we found no rust at all, nor any oil leaks. This is like a new car!Equipment also includes: 16 x 6.5 factory alloy wheels with Advan Neuva sports tyres, 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.
Usually, most FTO's are in poor condition, nowadays - this is the most exceptional example we've come across in years. It's a one owner car that has also never been smoked in. Documentation for the car states that on 16th August 2006, the speedometer had to be replaced as it became faulty. The mileage was documented by Mitsubishi as 47,190km, when the replacement was fitted. Now showing 12,199km - this means that total mileage covered is only: 58,389km = 36,910 miles from new!!
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 - with only very minor stone chips to the bonnet and a few very small marks on the roof, which don't warrant paintwork. There's also two small pin dents on the passenger door, which are very light - and also too small to require repair.Supplied at just £6,860 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.
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